STAR TESTING IS UNDERWAY
Many thanks to the parents who worked to make sure their children do not need to be taken out of school to attendappointments this week. Please continue to make sure that children get plenty of rest, eat a nutritious breakfast, and do nothave appointments scheduled during the school day. The STAR Testing window closes on Friday, May 11. The regular curriculum will resume at that time.
PARENT SURVEY RESULTS
I was so pleased to see that 615 out of 760 families completed our Parent Survey this year - that's an80% response rate! In last week's Gatoraid, I shared some data from the "Academics" section of thesurvey with you. I'll continue to share data in future Gatoraids. The Garden Gate staff will alsoexamine the data and identify the next steps toward improvement. Thank you for providing valuablefeedback about our school!Next week, I'll share the second half of data from the "SchoolEnvironment" section of the survey.This week's data is from the "School Environment" section of the survey. Due to space constraints,I'll share half of the data this week, and the other half next week. 563 of the 615 families (92%) whotook the survey completed the "School Environment" section of the survey.91% strongly agreed or agreed: "Garden Gate has clear, consistent rules for behavior" (6% had no opinion)87% strongly agreed or agreed: "Disciplinary actions (consequences) are fair and have been explained tostudents" (10% had no opinion)86% strongly agreed or agreed: "My child has received appropriate praise and recognition" (9% had no opinion)89% strongly agreed or agreed: "My child has developed skills that help him/her work cooperatively with others" (8% hadno opinion)90% strongly agreed or agreed: "Garden Gate promotes awareness and understanding of other cultures and ethnicgroups" (8% had no opinion)87% strongly agreed or agreed: "Garden Gate provides my child with experiences to help him/her develop self confidence" (11% had no opinion)93% strongly agreed or agreed: "Garden Gate students are encouraged to respect and appreciate themselves andothers" (5% had no opinion)95% strongly agreed or agreed: "My child feels safe at school" (4% had no opinion)87% strongly agreed or agreed: "I am satisfied with how my chid's teacher manages the classroom" (7% had no opinion)
IS YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM TOO HIGH, TOO LOW, OR JUST RIGHT?
Self-esteem can be like Goldilocks. Some people’s sense of themselves is too high. They think they are always right. Theybelieve they are entitled to special treatment.Some people’s self-esteem is too low. They don’t think their ideas have muchvalue. Then there are the people whose sense of themselves is just right. They have confidence to speak up in a group, butthey also recognize that other people also have good ideas.To deal with self-esteem that is:Too high; set limits and enforce them regularly. Children with high self-esteem may behave in selfish ways and believethat the rules don’t apply to them. Give your child responsibilities around the house and expect her to pitch in.Too low; help her learn to see herself in new ways. Teach her new skills. As she masters each new talent, her confidencewill grow.Just right; watch to see that your child stays in balance. If things tip in either direction, take action.
Source: “Self-esteem Check: Too High or Too Low?” Mayo Clinic, www.mayoclinic.com/health/self-esteem/MH00128.
Parents, please remember that there are two designated waiting areas on campus where we'd like you to wait for your 4th or 5th grade student to be released from class: Under the shade structure (lunch tables) or at the tables in front of the CafeWindow (snack tables). Please do not wait in the hallways, as low noise, such as conversation, can be disruptive for classesstill in session. Similarly, for safety and security reasons, students are not permitted to play on the play structures or theblacktop areas after school. Instead, please have your children wait, seated, with you. The Garden Gate Staff appreciates your support with maintaining our learning environment and keeping students safe.
Do you wonder how to connect better with your children? Do you wonder what matters to them, and how you can assist themto grow up to be healthy, caring and responsible citizens? I encourage you to try a "propeller" - a question intended to sparkconversations with your children. Try it around the dinner table tonight!
This week's propeller: Do you encourage friends toparticipate in creative or artistic activities? If so, why and how?