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A Message from our Principal

Being in a small school community has many advantages.  The teachers and staff are able to get to know each of our students very well so that they can provide them with individual attention, support and learning opportunities.  It is this sense of community that allows Barrowtown to be the amazing school that it is.

 

With the help of our student leaders, we are working on a common language for our teachers, students and parents to use at school.  We would like to share this information with our parents and grandparents.

 

1)  School Rules and Expectations –“The Way of the Wolf”

-Be kind

-Be safe

-Be respectful

-Be responsible

-Be helpful

What does this look like?

What does this sound like?

What does this feel like?

 

2)  Self-Regulation -Helping Students Stay In the Green Zone

When needed, we support our students to find their way back to the 'Green Zone' where optimal learning takes place by teaching them strategies to use.  Here are the ‘Zones Of Regulation’ (Kuypers, 2011):

 

a. Blue Zone:  low state of alertness (ie.  sad, tired, sick or bored).

b. Green Zone:  calm state of alertness (ie.  happy, focused, content or ready to learn).

c. Yellow Zone:  heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions (ie. some control when experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles).

d. Red Zone:  extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions (ie. anger, rage, explosive behavior, devastation or terror).

 

In the words of Leah Kuypers, students are able to do something about it when they are recognizing that they are becoming less regulated (ie. feeling angry, sad or frustrated).  Getting to a place where they can manage their feelings and get back to a healthier place comes naturally for some, but not all.  For some, it is a skill that needs to be taught and practiced, which is the goal of the ‘The Zones Of Regulation’.

 

3)  'Talk, Walk, Squawk':  Students Resolve Their Own Issues

Students are encouraged to ‘Talk, Walk, Squawk’ to resolve their own disagreements or issues.

a. Talk (ie. Student tells the other person to stop an action and/or how he/she is feeling about what the other person is doing). 

b. Walk (ie. If talking doesn't work, he or she walks away to avoid making the situation worse).

c. Squawk (ie. If walking away doesn't help, he or she talks to a responsible adult such as a supervisor or staff member.

 

The partnership in learning between the school and the home is very important.  Let us continue working together to provide our students the best learning opportunities possible.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  

 

Sincerely,

 

Terry Jung

Principal

604-360-2565 (cell)

terry.jung@abbyschools.ca

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