Note from Nicole
Thank you so much for participating in our Jump Rope/Hoops For Heart program last year! Because you did such a great job raising money to help save lives, I wanted to give you a chance to be the first to join us again. On Friday, we kicked off our Jump Rope For Heart event and you can get a head start by registering online and sending emails NOW!
Each year I ask ALL of our families to participate in the annual School Experience Survey (SES). This is a very important survey administered to all LAUSD schools. The survey reports give each school important insight into what staff, students and parents think about their school's learning environment. Developed with input from parents, teachers, unions, and community- based organizations, the SES documents the perceptions of parents, staff, and grade 4-12 students about their experiences at their schools.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. This week our entire school will be participating in Unity week, a week where we stand together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. All Canyon students will participate in daily lessons and activities around bullying prevention and kindness. Teachers will lead discussions around what to do if you see bullying, the key to being a good friend, if you are bullying, if you are a target of bullying and how to be a kid against bullying.
The safety and welfare of our students and staff are our highest priorities. To provide schools an opportunity to practice emergency response procedures, the Superintendent of Schools has asked all students and staff to participate in a District-wide emergency preparedness drill on Thursday, October 19th at 10:30am. This coincides with California's annual Great Shake Out Drill.
At Canyon we believe that it’s not just about reading, writing and math. We know that our students need social-emotional skills to thrive both in the classroom and in life. In order to support our efforts, this year all teachers are implementing Second Step, a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program. Children learn social-emotional skills in a variety of ways, including the behavior they see modeled by the adults in their lives. But social-emotional skills and concepts can also be taught explicitly in the classroom, in much the same way math or reading is taught.
As you are aware, Hurricane Harvey has overwhelmingly impacted Houston and other Texas communities. As the devastation continues, the L.A. Unified family is joining national organizations in offering support to those in need.
The information below provides suggestions about how you can support in this time of crisis.
I hope that everyone has had an enjoyable weekend! As you know, tomorrow there will be a solar eclipse visible on a path across the United States. We will only experience a partial eclipse from 9:00 until noon. Although this is a rare, educational opportunity, the safety of our students is our first and foremost priority.