Newsletter March 2022
Washington Elementary School
February 28 - March 4 - Read Across America
March 3rd - PTO Meeting
March 7th - Yearbook Ordering Link Closes
March 9th - Early Release
March 21 - 25 - Spring Break!
Beginning February 26th, masks are now optional for students, staff, and visitors.
It is important to respect individual choices about masking. There are many personal circumstances for staff and students when choosing whether to mask or not mask.
Please talk with your student about showing kindness regardless of a person's choice.
READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK!
Monday - Hats off to Reading!! Wear a Hat!
Tuesday - Positive Message! Wear a positive message on your shirt!
Wednesday - Cozy up with a good book! Wear your Pajamas!
Thursday - Bring a friend to read with! Stuffed animal day!
Friday - Who is your favorite book character? Dress up like a character you love!
This yearbook ordering will be online only. Please follow the link below to get yours for this year! The link will close on March 7th!
A Note from Mrs. Kese...
Help Kids Spot Fake News and Decode Media Messages
With so much media & information coming at us through television, phones,and social media, it's important for kids to understand the basics of media literacy. When kids can identify different types of news and media and the methods and meanings behind them, they're on their way to being critical thinkers and smart consumers.
Encourage healthy skepticism.
Help them analyze the messages around them -- from toy packaging to news headlines -- and question the purpose of the words and images they see.
Play "spot the ad."
When you see advertising on TV or on a billboard, ask kids to figure out what the ad is selling. Sometimes it's obvious, and sometimes it's not. Help them explore why certain pictures, sounds, or words are used to sell certain products.
Explore different sides of a story.
Use real-life examples to help kids understand how people can view the same situation with totally different perspectives. One child might experience a game on the playground as fun, while another might feel like the rules are unfair.
Discuss fact vs. opinion.
Play around with ideas and decide which are facts and which are opinions. Ask: How tall are you? What's the best food in the world? Do rocks sink or float? Do you like dogs? Point out that both facts and opinions show up in the news, but opinion is usually labeled.
Choose a variety of sources.
Show kids how you get news and information from different places, and explain how you make your choices. Use words like "credible," "trustworthy," "respected," and "fair." As kids get older, introduce the ideas of bias, satire, and clickbait. K–5 family tips: News & Media Literacy. Common Sense Education. (2021, January 5). Retrieved February 24, 2022, from https://www.commonsense.org/education/family-tips/k-5-news-and-media-literacy