News & Announcements

Kindness Week

Kindness Week is February, February 4th through 8th. ONE WEEK, ONE CHECKLIST, INFINITE KINDNESS!
 
We will have a Kindness Station going on during lunch recess on the playground on Tuesday and Friday. Our third grade students will be enjoying some rock painting in Room 20. Please feel free to join us for any of our Kindness Week activities!
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SCSD Sponsored Parent Education Opportunities

All San Carlos School District events are free, thanks to funding from our PTA Coordinating Council and support from SCEF and the Sequoia Healthcare District, so please share this with your friends and family who may also be interested.


You can view the complete calendar of events by clicking here (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bPMJs-Up1IX7SllILVPmGIOqrbfHnyk0BHBjhEf-OwY/edit?usp=sharing). This link also takes you to resources from previous events in 2018.
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My Digital Tat2 Presentation

Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet, founder of My Digital Tat2, gave a presentation Tuesday, Dec. 4 on the latest research about navigating the digital world with our kids. Attached are brief notes from the event. Gloria also shared her article, Raising Consciously Connected Youth which is also attached.

We do plan to host another parent ed event targeting early childhood media use in February, so stay tuned for that information soon!
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BA Safety Patrol, SCSD Board Meeting

On Thursday, November 1, our Brittan Acres (BA) Safety Patrol was featured at our San Carlos School District Board Meeting. Student representatives, Brayden Berta, Bayla Jennings, Maddie Briant, and Devon Woodsome presented to our school board the BA Safety Patrol program. Third grade BA teacher and Safety Patrol program coordinator, Alison Lansing introduced our students and the program.

Safety Patrol is a long-standing BA tradition which fosters student leadership and safety. For the past two school years Safety Patrol was coordinated by second grade teacher, Eve Mencher.

Our students explained the program components: Morning Drop Off, Flag Service, and Hallway monitoring. We are proud of our BA safety patrolees and are grateful to them for their service to our school. Enjoy some pictures of our patrolees in action and at the Board Meeting.
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Positive Behavior Intervention Supports at BA

Schools are successful when they help children grow academically, socially, and emotionally. For this to happen it is important that we have a safe environment that is supportive and conducive for growth. By setting forth clear social and behavioral expectations and directly teaching students about those expectations, we are creating a positive atmosphere for optimal learning.

We are excited to begin reinforcing Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS). PBIS is a system for improving student behavior. It is used with all students across all environments in school (classroom, lunchroom, restroom, playground, library, MUR and hallways) to help create a safe and effective learning environment. At Brittan Acres, we are committed to teach, reinforce, and acknowledge appropriate student behaviors. At all times, staff and students are expected to:

"BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE, and BE SAFE"
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Curriculum and Instruction Letters to Families

San Carlos School District's Strategic Plan focuses on aligning Curriculum and Instruction to a 21st Century Model of Learning. In doing so, we have adopted the Lucy Calkin's Reader's and Writer's workshop model to support our student's in literacy.

Additionally, we continue to place greater emphasis on Project-Based Learning to focus on problem solving, collaboration, critical-thinking, and time management skills, thus allowing greater student engagement and "ownership" of their own learning.

Singapore Math, Math in Focus helps students make sense of math. Through hands-on learning, visualization, and pictorial representations, we expect their understanding, confidence, and love of math to grow.

Below are various letters which explain in greater detail our literacy, math and homework here at BA. Please read through them, and let us know if you have any questions.
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