Thursday, April 19, 2018

Disability Awareness Month! BEYOUnique

This week for disability awareness month our focus was on Autism awareness as well
as Speech and Language Disorders. The children learned:
  • One in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism.
  • Autism refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills,
repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths
and differences.
  • A speech and language disorder includes difficulties producing sounds, stuttering,
difficulty understanding others, difficulty sharing ideas/thoughts/feelings, and

Friday, April 13, 2018

Disability Awareness - This Week Genetic Disorders- BE YOUNIQUE

This week was week two of Windsor’s disability awareness month.  This week
we highlighted Rare Genetic Disorders.The students learned these two facts
on morning announcements this week.Besides Down Syndrome, there are
many other genetic disorders. Some are more common and some are very rare.
Some examples are: Cystic Fibrosis which is a condition that affects lungs.
Muscular Dystrophy which is a condition where a person’s muscles get weak.
Celiac disease which is an inability to eat gluten or wheat products.
Hurlers Syndrome which affect joint and organ cells.
Microcephaly which affects the brain. These are just a few genetic disorders.
Children with genetic disorders often have many doctor appointments.
They may see physical or occupational therapists. All children with genetic disorders
have the same emotions as everyone. They are happy when they are with family
and friends, sad when they feel left out, nervous in new situation... just like all of us!
Whether a disease is common or rare doesn’t make it any better or worse for the
person who is suffering from it, but in the case of a rare disease, it may take a doctor
longer to properly diagnose it.
There are estimated to be over 4000 human diseases caused by genetic disorders.
On morning announcements on Friday, the students listened to a teacher read
the book, We Are All Wonders, by R.J. Palacio.  

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Be YOUnique- April is Windsor's Disability Awareness Month!

As you know this school year’s school theme is, Who do you want to BE?  We have
learned many new words this year like; confident, caring, patient, and proud.  
The month of April is Disability Awareness month at Windsor School, so
this month we want to honor each student’s uniqueness, BE YOUnique.  
Each morning this month, students and teachers will share facts on morning
about different disabilities to raise awareness about the disability.  During our first
week, we learned several facts about Down Syndrome. The students learned, that
Down Syndrome is a genetic condition where a person is born with an extra
chromosome # 21. Everyone is different but many people with Down Syndrome
grow up to have jobs, live independently and enjoy normal recreational activities.
Down Syndrome is the most common chromosomal
condition. There are 400,000 people living with Down Syndrome in the United States

Watch for the HOME LINK on MONDAY about BE YOUnique!

There are many great resources available to learn more about Down Syndrome.

You can also buy a pair of fun socks for next year’s World Down Syndrome Day:

Video link:

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Be Confident

Image result for to be confident BE CONFIDENT

The focus for the week after spring vacation is Be Confident. The dictionary definition of to be confident is to be self assured or having a feeling or belief that you can do something well, have the ability to succeed or feeling certain about something. Synonyms may include to be positive, assertive, and poised. Being confident is a key to being successful in all areas school and life. There are many ways to show confidence in school. Students can share a presentation that they have practiced to feel good about doing it. Students can study and prepare for a test so that they feel confident about taking it. Students can think positively and sometimes even dressing nicely helps one feel empowered or confident. Students often look to their parents to see how to be confident and then can mirror them. Certainly, we can encourage our children to be confident. To this day my daughter remembers her grandfather telling her that she needs to be confident when she needed to try out for a play. Just that encouragement alone helped her to feel able to take the risk! 

When we asked students students what it means to be confident they shared: 
•To be proud
•Trust yourself and think you can do it
•Believe in yourself
•You feel good about yourself and you don't doubt what you can do
•Persevering through hard times no matter what
•You have a smile on your face- you are not down

Our Home Link for Be Confident will be sent home on Tuesday, April 3rd. We hope that you will find time to complete the Home Link and have a terrific conversation with your children of what it feels like to be confident.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Be Diligent and March Worthy Wildcats

Image result for be diligentNext week, our focus will be to Be Diligent. The dictionary defines being diligent as to be persistent in doing something and to be in a constant effort to accomplish something. When looking up the definition, Dictionary. com shared that for a student to be diligent they should remove distractions, be organized, set priorities and using time wisely.

It is so important to be diligent in all areas of school, and especially in academics, so that students can accomplish their goals.  When we asked students what it means to be diligent they shared:
                                                        •to use your time wisely
                                                        •to work hard
                                                        •to stay focused
                                                        •to not give up
                                                        •to pay attention

We hope that you will use the Home Link that will go home on Monday to talk about what it means to be diligent with your children.

Here are the March Worthy Wildcats that were selected by their peers at Windsor.  They were selected for having a positive attitude and always being cooperative, working hard and being a kind friend, sharing gloves, being a leader at recess and including everyone, and helping others get the computer cart into the LMC.  Congrats to Kindergartener, Claire H., First Grader, Patrick G., Second Grader, Keyli V., Third Grader, Ashlyn P., Fourth Grader, Johnny N. and Fifth Grader, James G.
Patrick G. 
Claire H. 

Keyli V. 

Ashlyn P. 

Johnny N. 

James G. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Be Creative

Image result for be creative         Next week our words are Be Creative.  The dictionary defines being creative as solving a problem in a new way, changing your perspective, taking risks and doing something different. We have very creative students at Windsor and they challenge themselves to be creative in many areas of school.  It truly is amazing to see how thoughtful and creative our students can be. We see their creativity also in our STEAM activities worked on in their classrooms or the LMC like coding. Additionally, our teachers are creative as they work so hard to make sure our students have opportunities each day to demonstrate ways to be creative.

When we asked our students what it meant to be creative, they shared:
*It means making something unique
*It means designing different things
*It means being artistic or musical
*It means figuring out new ideas
*It means drawing
*It means looking at things in a different way

We hope you will take the time to do the Home Link which will come home on Monday.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Be Happy

Image result for Be HappyNext week our focus is to BE HAPPY!  The definition to be happy includes: to feel contentment or feel pleasure, to be joyful, to be satisfied and to feel cheerful and satisfied!  Our Wildcats are seen as joyful and happy throughout our school day. We are fortunate that we feel a sense of pride as we see them grow and be happy. The kind things that they do for each other make them feel happy and seeing Random Acts of Kindness demonstrated makes up happy, too.

When we asked students what is means to be or feel happy they shared:
•When others are polite
•When I do something nice all by myself
•When you do something for your mom or dad
•When someone gives you a hug
•When I lose a tooth
•When someone shares their toys

Whether they hold the door for another, play with someone sitting alone, help each other or walk a friend to the office, it is great to see our student helping others feel happy! When they ask if we need any help, make us cards or tell us what they learned, it just makes each of us so happy.  We hope that you will take part in next week's Home Link and talk with your child about what makes them happy!  It will go home on Monday.