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Happy New Year Fort Lewis Mesa Families

Principal’s Message: Hello January! I am in disbelief that the winter break has already come and gone! However, I am so happy to see everyone’s happy faces back at school. As I keep mentioning, Fort Lewis Mesa’s staff and students continue to work hard on our school-wide PBIS system and positive behaviors. I am excited about how PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) lives in all we do here. Our roadrunners are: Responsible, Observant, Courteous, Kind, and Safe. For the month of January, we are focusing on responsibility and what it looks like/sounds like throughout our school. Please chat with your student/s about what responsibility can be to help encourage this behavior wherever they are. You could ask...What does responsibility look like in the cafeteria? What does responsibility look like on the playground? What does responsibility look like in the classroom? What behaviors might show responsibility? Over break, I finished a book called Nuance and this quote stuck with me due to our current work and goals. “Punitive accountability generates negative anxiety that stunts cognitive and emotional growth, while transparent, supportive, specific feedback causes a degree of anxiety that has exactly the right blend of pressure and support that moves us forward (and once we experience the success of the new behavior, we are motivated to do more of it…” Essentially, supporting students with clear expectations, actions, and feedback develops positive behaviors; punishment, different than consequences, rarely get us the desired behaviors. This is something to consider as we build our system. Here’s to 2020! Best~ Jenny Imel, Principal Reminder: No school Friday, January 17 and Monday, January 20. As always, please stay afloat of all our upcoming important dates. PLEASE SEE JANUARY NEWSLETTER FOR MORE INFORMATION:
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Understanding the Truth About School Lunch Regulations

Over the past few weeks, misinformation has been circulated regarding our school lunch policy and our community deserves the facts. Firstly, no student has received a partial lunch during the 2019-20 school year. No member of the 9-R team has employed shaming tactics toward students. And, the District maintains compliance with National School Lunch and National School Breakfast program federal guidelines. In 2015, the district faced a critical issue as it ended the school year with over $18,000 in meal charge debt. Because school district Food & Nutrition Services departments are an independent enterprise, they are intended to be self-supporting. When a deficit occurs, the District needs to use general funds to offset losses, funds that should be designated for classrooms. It has been 9-R’s focus to minimize impacts on educational funding to maximize programs and educational resources for our students.
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Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary is a community of learners including students, staff, parents, and community members committed to working together collaboratively for the success of ALL!!!

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Have you heard the Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary Ukulele Club? They are AMAZING!
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