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Principal's Weekly Message (Update: April 3, 2020)

The Petrides School

PRINCIPAL’S WEEKLY MESSAGE

The Week of April 3, 2020
 

Dear Petrides Parents,

 

Our attendance remained strong this week as most of our students interacted with staff and engaged in school work.  Our teachers are excitedly exploring different ways to connect with their students and feedback from you and your children is helping to improve our remote learning experience. 

 

Wednesday, April 8th is the end of the 3rd marking period for middle and high school students.  And, we’re expecting to release report cards (via PupilPath) on Tuesday, April 28th.  Please keep in mind, this is our first attempt at accomplishing this remotely so the timeline is tentative. 

 

Our CAP kids, high school students in our Community Affairs Project class, have been working on some fun at-home, hands on project ideas to share with our community.  We’ll be sharing these videos, soon J 

 

Please be careful . . .

A parent reported receiving a phone call, caller identified themselves as being from Petrides School and asked if she wanted to purchase an SAT package.   Please beware of possible scam; we are NOT soliciting money for educational resources. 

 

Minding our Mental Health:

Our kids have been home for three weeks now . . . and may be feeling restless and anxious for things to get back to normal.  Paula Leonardo, who recently joined our staff in the role of SAPIS (Substance Abuse Prevention/Intervention Specialist), prepared the following list of resources that may be helpful:

Coping Skills

NYS COVID Emotional Support Hotline (free mental health counseling via phone) 1-844-863-9314

https://childmind.org/article/anxiety-and-coping-with-coronavirus/

https://www.lessonsforsel.com/video-resources

https://www.secondstep.org/covid19support

https://www.actionforhappiness.org/active-april

Mindfulness

https://www.thepathway2success.com/mindfulness/

https://www.thepathway2success.com/mindful-breathing-activities-for-kids-teens/

https://www.thepathway2success.com/mindfulness/

https://www.thepathway2success.com/5-free-mindfulness-activities/

https://www.thepathway2success.com/mindfulness-journal-ideas-you-can-try-today/

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mindfulness-Breathe-Boards-4173319?utm_source=www.thepathway2success.com&utm_campaign=Mindfulness%20Journal%20Ideas%20You%20Can%20Try%20Today

YouTube Videos

Virtual Glitter Jar for Calming Down

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mb3ji6fvzEk

Bee Calm-The Buzz on Yoga Book Reading (less than 5 minutes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOYA8Sg4JBk

Miscellaneous

Boredom Busters

https://familyeguide.com/boredom-busters-110-fun-at-home-activities-for-families-kids-2/

https://www.uft.org/get-involved/parents/coronavirus-resources-nyc-families/entertainment

 

Get Ready! For our first VIRTUAL SPIRIT WEEK . . . Coming APRIL 20th . . .

 

Morning Monday: Sport those pajamas and show off your morning breakfast and coffee mugs! 

 

Trending Tuesday: What trending in your household? Netflix, Television shows, Movies? Show off you and your family viewing the latest trend!

 

Way To Go Wednesday: Show off that Panther Pride in your Petrides blue! #PetridesProud #InThisTogether

 

Throwback Thursday: Share a throwback with us! We can't wait to see some baby photos or first day of school pictures!

 

Favorites Friday: Share one of your "favorites" with us! Your favorite food, drink, sports team, etc.

 

Email your photos to petrides.proud@petridesschool.com!

 

Stay well.  We miss you!

 

Sincerely,

Joanne Buckheit

Principal