LEXINGTON SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
Lexington School aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. As an IB World School, Lexington encourages students to become ethical citizens of the world who are active, compassionate, lifelong learners.
A Message From Your Principal
November 4, 2020
Dear Lexington Families,
It’s the day after our national election…are you exhausted, too?! The election, Covid-19 restrictions, and safely reopening schools are just a few of the topics on my mind at this very moment. Despite these important topics, I would like to thank you for participating in your child’s conference this week. Maintaining a quality educational program remains a priority. Recently, every teacher participated in a process called “Kid-by-Kid”. At these meetings, we focused on student’s literacy and reading levels while documenting as a site team how to best support our students moving forward. With input from the homeroom teacher and Ms. Stonehocker, our literacy specialist, our internal network of support remains strong, solution-oriented, with an overarching theme of supporting each student.
As many pilots are in-progress throughout our district, we continue to learn valuable information about how to best support students safely in-person. It is quite the learning experience. I appreciate that we are starting slow and small. There are movement logistics, technology challenges, and other unforeseen events that are keeping us on our toes each day. But, we’re figuring it out!
IB PYP Parent Survey: Please Take It TODAY!
Every five years, the International Baccalaureate requires schools to participate in a Self-Study and an onsite visit. Our Self Study documentation is due by Thanksgiving and the visit will take place in April. It is a fantastic professional development experience for our staff as we reflect on our Primary Years Program (PYP) and create an action plan for the next five years. Part of our reflection process means we need parent input! We kindly ask that all parent take about 5-10 minutes to complete this survey. We need your input by next Friday, November 13th, 4pm. Thank you so much!
Welcome Jennifer Gire, our new second grade teacher!
I am happy to announce we have found a long term substitute for Ms. Spencer, one of our two second grade teachers, who is going on leave this week. Please welcome Jennifer Gire! Here is some information about Ms. Gire...
I live in Aptos with my four kids (three boys and a girl) and two dogs rescued from the Santa Cruz SPCA who we adore. I love to run, read, teach yoga, and go on hikes all around the beautiful Bay Area. I particularly enjoy teaching kids grades 1-6 which is why I am currently in the process of adding my Multiple Subject Credential to my Single Subject in English. I taught high school in Portola Valley at Woodside Priory, and 5th and 1st grades at Oak Knoll School in Menlo Park. After having a family and living in Sydney, Australia for over 5 years, I began to teach grades K-8 here in Aptos as a frequent substitute teacher while my kids were young and going through grade school. They are now 12, 14, 16, and 18, so I decided I wanted to start working more. My oldest child is a freshman at UCSB and hopes to actually make it onto the campus in 2021. For now we are all getting the hang of distance learning and looking for the silver linings each day brings. I am very excited to meet the second graders, their families, and the entire Lexington Elementary community!
Ms. Gire has a MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a MA in Education from Stanford University. More recently, she is a Graduate of Mindful Schools Mindful Educator's Certification Program. She is also very excited to learn more about the IB program at Lexington.
Ms. Gire will be "shadowing" Ms. Kristin on Thursday and Friday so she will meet the class then. She will begin teaching full time next Monday and Tuesday and every other Wednesday, following the same schedule as Ms. Spencer. Thank you for supporting Ms. Kristin and Ms. Gire during this transition.
Lexington Site Council Has Begun
Last week, our Lexington Site Council had its first meeting. This year, due to the pandemic, each school site is focusing on developing actions to support district goals such as strengthening mental health support for students, developing global mindedness, exploring our world language program, differentiating instruction, supporting innovation, and safety.
Thank you Parent Volunteers for a Happy Halloween Car Parade!
Thank you parent volunteers for organizing our first ever Lexington Halloween Car Parade! It was great seeing the students (even though it’s not much better than meeting them for my first time with a Covid mask!). I could tell the children really enjoyed seeing their school and dressing up. A special thank you to Betsy King for putting together a wonderful slideshow for the school!
Ms. Kristin’s IB Coordinator Update
This week I would like to help make an additional connection between home and our IB program. During each of our six units of inquiry, students focus on a few of our ATLs. “ATL” stands for Approaches To Learning.
The Approaches to Learning in the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) are as follows:
As you might imagine, these skills take explanation, direct instruction, and practice. All ATLs are taught TK through Grade 5 and are a vital part of the International Baccalaureate PYP Program. These skills are essential to the academic success of your child. During virtual instruction, teachers have worked hard to create class and Zoom agreements, create online formats for research, provided direct instruction on whole group and small group listening and speaking, shared math games for families and friends to play, and have helped to create schedules and assignments to assist children in their self-management skills.
So how can you support your child’s growth in these areas? Here you will find a document created by Toddle that gives your family a few ideas. Try them out and if you have time, send me an email and let me know how it is going. I love to hear how families are incorporating the IB Program into their daily lives. The more you use the words and concepts at home, the stronger the home-school connection becomes. Thank you for embracing our International Baccalaureate Program! –Ms. Kristin
One Community LG: Support Lex AND District Programs
Don’t forget to support One Community LG! It’s simple…this is the easiest way to support our Lex Home and School Club AND district wide programs. A one-time annual donation covers our Lexington programs and programs that all students in the district benefit from. Learn more HERE.
***Watch Mr. Deppong’s video or see the message below to learn about a raffle prize for families who contribute ANY AMOUNT by next Tuesday, the 10th! Do it!
Don’t Forget About the USAgain Bin!
Remember that the USAgain clothing bin is open! Drop off clothing and shoes to be reused and recycled around the world. Lexington receives cash for items donated, so you are also supporting Lexington! The bin is on your right as you drive down to campus. Look for the sign!
Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week.
Lexington School Principal
HSC Meeting via Zoom
Yearbook Discount Extended to Nov. 18th!
Hope you all had a great Halloween! Check out photos from the Lex HSC's Halloween Costume Parade!
Costume slideshow: https://vimeo.com/474092070?scrlybrkr=e9287cd6 Password: lexcat
Photo gallery: https://betsykingphotography.pixieset.com/lexhalloweenparade2020/ Download PIN: 7078
Please download photos right away, photos will be taken down after 30 days.
Thank you to the Lex staff, volunteers and community that made this event so much fun!
NEWS FROM THE DISTRICT
Preparing our Children for Tomorrow’s Headlines
Brought to you by Parenting Continuum
A workshop for parents and guardians of Elementary to Middle School children
Free- Thanks to your One Community LG donations
Date: Thursday, Nov 12th 2020
Where: On-line (See zoom link below)
A global pandemic, wildfires, political elections, and school re-opening are just a few hot topics in the headlines today. Hearing and engaging in the conversations around these things can have us all feeling a little anxious. Are you prepared to effectively talk with your family about these current news events?
Parenting Continuum is hosting a 90-minute workshop with Common Sense Education and Project Cornerstone on tips and techniques to prepare our children for tomorrow's headlines. You will leave this highly interactive session with:
- Strategies for better communication with your family using the research-based Developmental Assets framework to help children and teens gain skills needed to make good choices, take responsibility and become independent and fulfilled adults
For more information on the Developmental Assets framework, go to: https://www.ymcasv.org/ymca-project-cornerstone/developmental-assets
- Tips and techniques for navigating potentially sensitive topics with elementary and middle school children in a complex media environment
- Greater confidence as a parent or guardian to acquire healthy mind habits and digital citizenship- how to use technology in a safe, responsible and effective way
Come to this session to ready yourself as a parent/guardian, improve your family relationships & dynamics, and help create a calm and supportive home environment where children can become their best.
Register for this on-line zoom event now using this link: