Academic Success Depends on Self-regulation, Part II

Academic Success Depends on Self-regulation, Part II

It will come as no surprise that good parenting really matters in developing self-regulated, empathetic children. Bob Sornson (author of Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach and Students Love to Learn, Fanatically Formative, and Meeting the Challenge) and Dr. John Medina (author of Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Babies) offer the following guidelines to help families:

  • Set clear,

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Academic Success Depends on Self-regulation, Part I

Academic Success Depends on Self-regulation, Part I

As a member of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS), we are, indeed, fortunate in being able to access wonderful professional development opportunities, such as the workshop led by Bob Sornson a few years ago. Thirty year veteran teacher, administrator and founder of the Early Learning Foundation, Bob has published extensively, including such works as Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach and Students Love to Learn, Fanatically Formative,

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Liberate Yourself at the Holidays

Liberate Yourself at the Holidays

Have you ever thought that having children was “incredibly liberating”? Toni Morrison, author of the Nobel Prize-winning Beloved, shared this comment in an interview on NPR, and I found myself immediately wondering, “Why?” Fortunately, she explained by replying, “All my children wanted from me was honesty, competence, a sense of humor and to be myself.” For her, that was “incredibly liberating.” What I came to understand is that Morrison was describing how children expect us to be our authentic selves with them.

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Calming the Holiday Frenzy

Calming the Holiday Frenzy

I so enjoy this time of year; however, I also recognize that the holidays can be challenging for young children due to the heightened expectations that adults often “feed” without realizing the consequences. Kids can become frenzied and feel exhausted when taken to too many evening activities, family gatherings, holiday parties and special events. Even worse, families often relax structure this time of year when children most need structure and routine to feel safe and secure amidst all the “hype.” Children like and need to know what to expect,

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Welcome New Faculty Members

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to The Island School’s newest faculty members!

 

Christine Broga joins us as our first grade teacher. Christine has taught elementary school for 14 years at Central Kitsap, Silverwood School and Montessori Country School.  She is a certificated teacher with a degree in U.S. History from University of Puget Sound. She has conducted a number of professional development workshops for teachers,

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Mike Derzon Receives Kiwanis Educator of the Year Award

The Bainbridge Kiwanis awarded Mike Derzon the Educator of the Year Award on June 12. Both Mike and the school received $500 checks from the Kiwanis. Some of us think the best part is that Mike got to ride in the Grand Old Fourth parade down Winslow Way! Mike is the first independent school teacher to receive the award. We couldn’t be prouder to see him recognized for excellent teaching of our children and community.

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Hiring News and Teacher Openings

We have some news to share about our teachers for 2017-18.

Cindy Brickley, our current 1st grade teacher, will be shifting gears and teaching kindergarten in the 2017-2018 school year with Jessie Dameron continuing as the teaching assistant. Cindy brings many benefits to the position. She has 36 years of teaching experience (20 of which are at The Island School), understands the needs of kindergarten and first grade children from team-teaching K/1 learning buddy projects with Kathy,

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Betsy Carroll to Retire; Mike Derzon Continuing as Music Teacher and Roving Resource

After 20 years of teaching at The Island School, Betsy Carroll is retiring from the 5th grade at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. She is looking forward to having more time to spend with her husband and to enjoy the outdoors.

Mike Derzon, her 5th grade teaching partner, will be leaving our 5th grade at the same time. However, Mike will continue here as our music teacher, and will add the role of Roving Resource,

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