From the Principal

A huge thank you to all the volunteers that made for a very successful Fun Run!  We look forward to working with our Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) to select new playground equipment to purchase with the proceeds!

The staff at GVA would also like to thank the parents who helped host the Teacher Appreciation luncheon/burrito bar for staff on Thursday.  The staff was very appreciative of all the great food.  It provided a delicious break in the day!

I had the opportunity to meet with several parents at the Principal's Coffee on Tuesday.  One area that was identified as an area needing improvement was increasing the sense of community with our school, parents and students.  Several ideas about building community were shared.  As a result, we are currently exploring Apps that would provide parents an opportunity to connect with school and each other while meeting new FERPA legislation. 

Throughout the week, students at GVA participated in lessons on being a "Problem Solver".  This approach provides students the tools to solve problems independently and respectfully.  The 4-steps to being a "Problem Solver" are:
  1. In a serious vice, look into the other student's eyes and say their name.
  2. Say what he/she did (action) that made them upset; "I didn't like it when______."
  3. State how it made them feel; "It made me feel _______."
  4. Tell them to STOP!!
Lesson on the problem-solving process were modeled by Ms. Gallegos, 6th grade teacher and Instructional Coach and practiced by students in class.  We are using this process across environments including in the classroom, in the cafeteria and on the playground!  Students report feeling proud of themselves for being able to manage conflict on their own!
Thank you for your ongoing support and engagement in the education of your children!  We are privileged to be partners in this most important endeavor!!
Stacy Bush
Principal, GVA Douglas County