MindUP Monthly Focus
Taking Mindful Action in the World
This month, Marysville students are taking mindful action in the world. Each classroom has identified a need in the community and in response they have designed a mindful service project. These projects are a chance for students to extend acts of kindness into the world around them. Acts of kindness have an intrinsic emotional reward. When we see that we have helped someone else we increase our own sense of happiness, belonging and compassion. Through this work, students begin to understand the important role we each have to play in making our own lives and our communities healthy, happy, and safe.
The mindfulness skills that Marysville staff and students have been practicing this year are helping us purposefully plan these projects. These skills -- such as, mindful awareness, perspective taking, perseverance, optimism and gratitude, are the foundation of our ability to create positive experiences in our lives and in the lives of others. This is our opportunity to give back and spread out some of the goodness that has been steadily growing at our school.
All month long, classrooms will be planning and working on their projects. If you would like to be involved, please speak with your child’s classroom teachers. There are many opportunities for families to volunteer or donate time and resources. We have a wide variety of projects planned and the energy of our whole school doing this work together is powerful. We will finish up with a whole school celebration assembly and after-school gathering in June. Stay tuned for more details.
For more information on MindUP at Marysville click here.
School News & Announcements
Thanks to all who participated in the Marysville 2015 Diversity Night. It was a grand success!
Marysville staff supporting 7/8th grade Language Arts teacher Gillian Murr and her son Corbin by wearing purple on Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Day.
The 2nd graders in Mrs. Mac and Mrs. Sharp's classes as well as the 4th/5th graders in Mrs. Lewis' class teamed up to make a video about the MindUP theme optimism. The video shows how believing in yourself and encouragement from those around you can help you overcome challenges you may face. We hope it inspires you to be optimistic and face your challenges!
Let your voice be heard on boundary issues facing the district.
Click here to link to the survey.
Marysville principal and teachers celebrating their recognition as a "Top Public School" by Portland Monthly Magazine
Marysville delegation to the Lunar New Year Celebration hosted at Vestal School 2/27/15
Congratulations to Mr. Boehm and the Lady Lions on a successful season!
Marysville Spirit Week
March 2 - 6
Monday, March 2
Dr. Seuss/Pajama Day
Tuesday, March 3
Wednesday, March 4
Crazy Hair and Hat Day
Thursday, March 5
College and Sports Team Day
Friday, March 6
Marysville School Spirit Day (wear your red and black!)
Volunteer to read for one hour per week with SMART® (Start Making A Reader Today) at Marysville
As a SMART volunteer, you’ll read one-on-one with our kindergarten through third-grade students from mid-October through mid-May. The consistent, one-on-one time helps build literacy skills and self-confidence. SMART is fun and further encourages children to read outside the classroom by giving students new books each month to take home and keep.
We are looking for at least 10 volunteers; reading times are available on Tuesday or Friday afternoons from 1:30-2:50pm! Visit www.getsmartoregon.org or call 971-634-1603. Reading starts next week!
Portland State University Vikings Football Players Visit Marysville
On Thursday the 25th, the PSU Viking football team members came to Marysville school to help 7th and 8th grade students with academic goal setting. This is the second year in a row the school has hosted the Viking team and it is something the students really enjoy. Students were paired up with a football player and were able to spend one-on-one time with the players. Each student had a goal ready, and the players helped them think of strategies to achieve their goal. They also talked about favorite subjects and books, and the football players shared things about their college experience. After the one-on-one sessions, students and players took to the fields and courts to play games and mingle. Lower grade students came out and joined in the fun and got autographs from the players. It was a wonderful event and so beneficial for our students.
Special thanks to the Shadow Project for their support of Marysville!
Back to School Night Photos
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Tuesday, September 2, 8:40am
We look forward to seeing you soon!
News from the Principal
You have probably heard that we are doing a new program this year entitled, MindUP!
Here is a little blurb from their website:
MindUP™ is a research-based training program for educators and children. This program is composed of 15 lessons based in neuroscience. Students learn to self-regulate behavior and mindfully engage in focused concentration required for academic success. MindUP™ lessons align with all state standards including Common Core and support improved academic performance while enhancing perspective taking, empathy and kindness as well as fostering complex problem solving skills.
In a nutshell, we are teaching students about the brain and how to be mindful and fully present to the task at hand. Given the multitasking nature of our world today, we are finding that teaching them to be mindfully focused on one thing helps them calm their brain, and therefore learn better.
Each class begins the day with 15 minutes of MindUP time. During this time you may see the lights down, soft music playing, the teacher at the door greeting the students. The students quickly come in, and will begin some sort of lesson in line with MindUp. At 9:00, the time closes often with Chime Time. Chime Time is a ringing of the chime where students close their eyes, relax their brain and get ready to learn.
We would like to involve you in this process. We are having a free parent training on February 18th at 6:00 pm. Please save the date. More information to come.
In the meantime, feel free to speak with the office or your teacher about this if you have any questions.
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