ACA II Weekly Newsletter 3-14-17
March 14, 2017
Many of you know that “Hugs” is one of my favorite Positive Discipline Tool Cards. A hug is one of the best ways to create the important theme of Positive Discipline: Connection Before Correction. No matter how busy you are, there is always time for a hug. Sometimes a hug can be the most effective method to stop misbehavior. Try it the next time you are feeling frazzled or your child is whining and see for yourself. It is said, toddlers and teenagers are very similar—both have trouble finding and using their words. Hugs are a universal language.
Some points to consider:
- Children have an innate desire to contribute. Contribution provides feelings of belonging, significance, and capability
- Children do better when they feel better. By giving a hug, the child lets go of the tantrum and the power struggle.
- A misbehaving child is a discouraged child. It can be difficult to remember this when faced with annoying, challenging, or hurtful behavior. For this reason it helps to have a plan for behavior that is a pattern.
- A primary philosophy of Positive Discipline is Connection before Correction. A hug is a great way to make a connection, but not the only way.
- Simply validate your child’s feelings. “You are feeling really upset right now.” Then step back and give energetic support while your child works through it.
- Name what is happening and then offer an alternative. For example:
“It seems to me that we are in a power struggle right now. I love you and know we can work on a win/win solution if we wait until we calm down.”
7. Do the unexpected. Instead of reacting to the challenging behavior, ask your child. “Do you know I really love you?” This sometimes stops the misbehavior because your child is so surprised by your question/statement, and may feel enough belonging and significance from that simple statement to “feel better and do better.”
There are many other possibilities to make a connection and to help children feel better so they’ll do better. However, the main point is to see all of the Positive Discipline Tips NOT as techniques, but as tools based on principles. Techniques are very narrow and often don’t work. A principle is wider and deeper—and there are many ways to apply a principle. Go into your heart and your wisdom and you’ll know how to apply the principles of connection before correction, focusing on solutions, empowering children—and hugs.
Lifetouch will be here Thursday, March 16th to take Spring Pictures. Send no money, you will have the opportunity to view them first.
Come and See Our Garden
The Gardening Elective has worked hard on the garden this past trimester. Under the tutelage of James Ewing and Lisa Gonzalez, the garden is following the motto “Cheetahs Make It Happen.” Mr. Ewing has volunteered many countless hours to ready the garden for the students to be successful. Thank you to ACA II students, Mr. Ewing and Mrs. Gonzalez.
The Robot Is Back!
Our new teachers will receive Lindamood-Bell support and professional development via a robot. We have had robot support the last few years and is something we believe has increased student success in reading, comprehension and math concepts. Teachers will be meeting on Fridays twice a month to receive additional support and help with strategies and techniques.
Two of our biggest fundraisers are coming up! Walkathon is on Friday, March 31. Students will be walking a course on campus. Students are walking to gather a number of laps to bring to their sponsors for a donation previously agreed upon. Envelopes went home with the information and donation sheet. Please check with your child’s teacher if you need a replacement envelope. It is a fun event for all. Primary will walk at 11:00 and Elementary, Intermediate and Middle School will walk at 12:45. Please join us.
The Auction is a fun event scheduled for May 5. We need many volunteers for this event. The Auction takes place on the Fairgrounds in the evening and is a great time for students and their families while supporting the school with fun bidding and competition. Please see your child’s teacher, Marianne Dubitsky or Blanca Otero for volunteer information or auction information. Volunteers are needed now to get all the auction planning off to a good start.
A Big Thank you
Thank you for all your support and positive thinking for our recent Charter Renewal process. Our charter was approved unanimously by the AUSD school board on Wednesday, March 8 for the next five years. We are looking forward to working with the district and ACA II community to provide an innovative and positive learning environment for all students.
Family Network Board Nominations
It’s that time of year again! Time to make nominations for next year’s Family Network Board members. If you know a parent that would be great for one of the positions below please nominate them by writing their name and the position on a piece of paper and putting it in the “Suggestion Box” in the office. If you are unable to make it into the office please email Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org
~Board Positions and Job Descriptions
-Preside at meetings of the Family Network Board and General Membership;
-Prepare and provide agendas for General Membership and Family Network Board Meetings
-Report significant actions of the Family Network Board to the General Membership at each General Membership Meeting
-Attend all Antioch Charter Academy II functions or designate a representative from the Board;
-Be responsible for publicizing organization events and notifying the General Membership of General Membership Meetings and Board Meetings;
-Serve as Past-Chairperson Advisor, if available, for the following school year;
-Have other powers and duties as prescribed by the Family Network Board;
-Chair the bylaws team and review the bylaws and standing rules annually.
-Conduct meetings in absence of the Chairperson;
-Have any other powers and duties as prescribed by the Family Network Board;
-Serve as Past-Co-Chairperson Advisor, if available, for the following school year.
-Be responsible for recording, preparing, submitting, and keeping minutes of all Family Network Board and General Membership Meetings;
-Ensure minutes of each previous meeting are approved during or before the start of each subsequent meeting;
-Be responsible for accepting nominations, confirming nominations directly by email or phone call, and writing the ballot for yearly election;
-Serve as Past-Secretary Advisor, if available, for the following school year.
-Keep financial records and prepare financial reports to be given at each Family Network General Membership and Board meeting;
-Receive monies, verify monies, make deposits and disbursements, record expenditures, and balance the Family Network checkbook;
-Record a financial description of each fundraiser and each area of expenditure;
-Chair budget setting discussions at meetings;
-Have books and records available for audit at any time;
-Pay all bills as authorized by the Family Network Board;
-Secure two signatures on all checks. Any three Board members will need to be appointed authorized signers.
-Make an annual financial report to the Family Network General Membership, which includes gross receipts and disbursements for the year;
-Complete all aspects of budgeting in a timely manner;
-Process reimbursements with in 14 calendar days
-Turn in any money from fundraisers within 1 week from the end date of the fundraiser.
-Make all deposits during the 1st and 3rd week of the month. If the 1st and 3rd week fall on a break, deposits will be made the week we come back.
-Serve as Past-Treasurer Advisor, if available, for the following school year.
School Volunteer Coordinator
-Oversee the activities of the school volunteers and volunteer teams and represent them on the Board;
-Recruit new volunteers and guide volunteers in appropriate directions;
-Train volunteers to ensure that school requirements are met;
-Plan a recognition activity for volunteers at the end of the school year, if none is planned by the school;
-Serve as Past-School Volunteer Coordinator Advisor, if available, for the following school year.
Fundraising Coordinator and Co-Fundraising Coordinator
-Oversee fundraising necessary to fulfill budget requirements;
-Research new fundraising ideas;
-Oversee and/or implement other fundraising strategies;
-Evaluate future financial needs and goals;
-Create fundraising plan and update it annually;
-Maintain fundraising records;
-Oversee any correspondence pertaining to fundraising;
-Work closely with the Family Network Board to make and fulfill fundraising commitments;
-Follow the procedure established by school staff for all fundraisers;
-Serve as Past-Fundraising Coordinator and Co-Fundraising Coordinator Advisor, if available, for the following school year.
-Arrange social events for the Family Network Board and, upon request, for the school;
-Organize events, including the purchase of supplies, setup, cleanup, decorations, handouts and so on;
-Contact Volunteer Coordinator for volunteers to assist, providing a detailed list of what is needed in advance
-Assign jobs to the volunteers and follow up on progress to ensure the tasks are completed
-Serve as Past-Social Coordinator Advisor, if available, for the following school year.
Middle School Students Seek Jobs
Middle school students will be participating in internships on May 1, 2, and 3rd. We are seeking out any family members and friends who may be supervisors or in a position to offer “jobs” to ACA II students. What is involved? Reading a student resume, conducting a mock interview, having a student work for a minimum of 4 hours/day on May 1, 2, and 3rd, and filling out a short questionnaire about the ACA II student intern. Please email our aide at acaiimiddle@gmail or add contact information to our spreadsheet at this link People Willing to Host Middle School Intern if you or if someone you know would be willing to host a student intern.
Dates to Remember:
March 16- Spring Pictures by Lifetouch
March 31- WALKATHON
April 7- 2nd Cup of Coffee- after drop off in room 6
April 10-14- Spring Break- No School
April 17- No Hot Lunch- Fundraiser Lunch Available
April 27- Young Authors Night
May 5- 2nd Cup of Coffee- Room 6 after drop-off
May 5- Fundraiser Lunch
May 5- SILENT AUCTION
2016 / 2017 Faculty
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Mrs. Gonzalez- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Hagan- email@example.com
Mrs. McCutcheon- firstname.lastname@example.org
Music- Mrs. Vela- email@example.com
Mrs. Olsen- firstname.lastname@example.org
Art- Mrs. Taylor- email@example.com
Mrs. Billeci- firstname.lastname@example.org
Pottery- Mrs. Tubbs- email@example.com
P.E.- Mr. McIntyre- firstname.lastname@example.org
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Personal Safety- Professor Castro-Manner- firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 / 2017 Family Network Board
Chair: Angel Mattos- ACAIIfnb@gmail.com
Co-Chair: Eliza Ave- ACAIIfnb@gmail.com
Secretary: Rebecca Christensen- ACAIIfnb.email@example.com
Treasurer: Karyn Engle- ACAIIfnb.firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraising: Jessyca Barney- ACAIIfnb.email@example.com
Co-Fundraising: Stephanie Brooks- ACAIIfnb.firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Coordinator: Blanca Otero- ACAIIfnb.email@example.com
Social: Sheri Thompson- ACAIIfnb.firstname.lastname@example.org
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