Girls' Night Out
Reactive Fitness Personal Trainer Chris Falcon will teach self-defense tactics, including pointers on being more aware of your surroundings and defending yourself in case of trouble.
Then, relax and enjoy some wine and light refreshments with your friends!
Date & Time: Thursday, Feb. 1 from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Place: Reactive Fitness, 1725 Chestnut Ave., Glenview
Reactive Fitness will donate 50% of the fees collected to the SPAT PTA!
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Space is limited! Simply sign-up via this link and send a check made out to SPAT/PTA to your school office no later than January 29th! Payment must be made in advance of the class to reserve your spot.
Letter from the Principals
Hello Middle School Parents,
As discussed in our first Focus article, the implementation of an SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) curriculum is one of the things we are most excited about this year. Students are receiving lessons during X-block at the beginning of each week.
The curriculum is split into four units throughout the year:
Unit 1: Mindset and Goals
Unit 2: Values and Friendships
Unit 3: Thoughts, Emotions and Decisions
Unit 4: Serious Peer Conflicts
At this point in the year, students are just completing the first unit. During this unit, students have covered a wide range of lessons including personal goal setting and helping new students. In addition, there are some grade-level specific lessons such as looking at "how personalities can change" in 6th grade, talking about "making mistakes" in 7th grade and looking at "social labels and stereotypes" in 8th grade. You can see a full scope and sequence here.
Having the opportunity to learn and discuss their emotions, their relationships with other students and adults, and how they make decisions in a small group on a weekly basis allows students time to put themselves into different scenarios. Through these discussions, students can apply the practical skills being taught during the lesson outside of the classroom. In just this first month, we have already seen students begin to transfer what is being discussed in second step outside of the lesson to different parts of their school day. What is important to note is the lessons are set up to encourage dialogue about topics. Rarely are there "correct" answers to questions, but instead, lively discussion about what can or should be done.
We look forward to seeing parents next week during conferences.
Jason Kaiz and Mark Richter
SPAT PTA Membership
In an effort to simplify our membership process for the 2017-18 school year, PTA membership is linked with the online digital directory.
Each family has by now received an email with their login credentials to the digital directory. Once you log into the directory, you will be asked to confirm your personal information and join the PTA by paying your membership dues via credit card -- all through the AtoZ Directory. Please note, that there are no additional fees for credit card payments.
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