It's November! The Week Ahead at Bayside
Sun, Nov 3 5:52pm

THIS WEEK 

Parent-Teacher Conferences Nov. 4-8

Please note this entire week of Parent-Teacher Conferences are super-minimum days for Grades 6-8 (12:35pm early dismissal) and minimum days for Grades K-5 (12:10pm early dismissal).  See flyers and special emails sent home about how to sign up for a parent-teacher conference.

Superintendent Coffee Chat at Bayside

Superintendent Joan Rosas will hold four Coffee Chats during the month of November, and the first one is at Bayside on Thursday, November 7th at 6:30 pm. Please find the full details and dates/locations of other Coffee Chats on the SMFCSD website here

UPCOMING

No School on November 11

There will be no school on Monday, November 11, due to the Veterans Day Holiday.

Teacher Appreciation Thanksgiving Luncheon

Help us celebrate and appreciate our wonderful staff and teachers at Bayside! On Thursday, November 21st, the PTA will host a Teacher Appreciation Luncheon which will include favorite Thanksgiving dishes - donated by Bayside families. This is one of several luncheons that the PTA will host throughout the year for our teachers and staff and they really appreciate them! If you’re able to donate a dish, please signup here: https://www.konstella.com/app/school/5900fbc5e4b09c08f28eb3f4/signups/5dbf731ee4b0c6533a394a36   

LAST WEEK 

PTA Meeting & Parent Ed Event - In Case You Missed It

Thank you to the many parents and staff who attended last week’s PTA meeting. We heard updates about PTA-supported efforts, including campus enhancements, clubs, drama and upcoming events. This was followed by another informative and timely Parent Ed event presented by Bayside Counselor Ms. Alexander. 

Here is a brief overview of her presentation - Talking with Your Children About Current Events:

Whether you’re the parent of a kindergartener or 8th grader, Ms. Alexander provided helpful tricks to navigate today’s headlines. Chief among them was – “Silence is scary.” News stories such as the California wildfires require framing and support. She urged us to keep graphics and images to a minimum. Younger students often don’t understand that an image being shown on a “loop” may not be happening over and over again. On the other end of the spectrum, older students are beginning to establish their own sets of values. Discussing current events with them provides an opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills and to understand the world and how current actions affect the future. 

Talking with our kids about current events is a chance for parents to show we “care about their feelings & opinions, can help them answer questions, and can help them feel safe.” Not only does this make them feel connected to us but it also empowers them and reduces anxiety. Ms. Alexander provided us with a five-step “Game Plan” when talking about the news: Ask, Observe, Validate, Explore and Reassure.

We’ll share the PowerPoint Slides from the presentation once we have them. 

Have a great week!