Dear Sumac Families,
As you know, many of our families have been affected by the recent fires and evacuations. I remain grateful for the ways we pulled together to support each other and our students. In particular, I want to acknowledge the school staff who have been working hard to make sure the campuses are cleaner than before the fire and that students and families feel supported.
Upon the return from break all teachers began to implement our 15 day transition plan. For students, this means a focus on trauma informed care – an approach that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effect of traumatic events. Trauma informed care emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety; the goal is to help our students to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment. Specifically, we have implemented community circles school-wide in each classroom. The focus on collaborative community – building listening and speaking skills – strengthens our class and school bonds. Many excellent, age-appropriate trauma resources are available on our website: https://www.community360.me/fire-trauma-resources
Please read the rest of this newsletter for more ways you can help our community respond. We hear one another’s needs and are making choices to support our learning community. We are #SumacStrong!
BOOK FAIR THIS FRIDAY, DEC. 7TH 6:00-8:00PM — BARNES & NOBLE, WESTLAKE
This annual Sumac event is always fun for the kids to gather with their friends in a casual environment for story time, hot chocolate and cookies. Sumac teachers will pick out some favorite books and many join in the fun. And of course a percentage of all purchases that night (and online for those unable to attend) will benefit Sumac. We look forward to seeing you Friday night at Barnes & Noble!
SUMAC’S SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL TO REVIEW EMERGENCY PLAN
The School Site Council (SSC) will hold its second meeting on Thursday, December 6th at 3:00 pm in the Sumac library. Meetings are open to all Sumac families who are interested in attending. In light of recent events, the SSC will use the next meeting to review our Emergency Plan once again. Feedback from last year’s SSC improved the plan tremendously by focusing on usability. Our aim is to continually improve emergency planning and response.
Information about the SSC can be found at: www.sumacpfa.org/school-site-council.html
LV FIRE RELIEF ADOPT A FAMILY
PINS FOR SALE IN THE FRONT OFFICE, ONLY $5!
Have you seen our latest Voyager swag? It’s a pin perfect for backpacks, jackets and hats. See Judy in the front office to pick yours up today.
FAMILY STEAM NIGHT NEXT THURSDAY,