• December Newsletter •
Hello Tulita Community! 

We have had so many busy weeks, and I thank all of our families for your constant participation in our many events. As the final weeks of 2018 pass through, take moments to remember the simplicity found in a smile. From the movie,  Elf , my favorite line,  "I just like to smile. Smiling's my favorite."  Happy Holidays, and I wish you a safe, happy, smile-filled, healthy start to the new year! 

Ali Daly
President, Tulita PTA

Mon-Fri, 12/3-12/7 - Fall Book Fair
Wed, 12/5 - Pete the Cat Assembly (TK-2nd Grade)
Thurs, 12/6 - Parents' Night Out @ Rockefeller
Tues-Sun, 12/11-12/23 - Ms. Vega's HOA artwork displayed @Good Stuff
Sun-Tues, 12/23-1/8 - Mrs. Kroon's HOA artwork displayed @Good Stuff
Mon-Fri, 12/24-1/4 - Winter Break
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Project Unified - Holiday Giving
Update on Project Unified! Thank you so very much to all the generous Tulita Families and Staff who have already donated. We do still have items that are needed so if you have not had a chance to sign-up, please visit the link and sign up today!

As a reminder, all items are due into the office by this Wednesday, December 5th . If something comes up and you are unable to drop off the item(s) for which you have signed up, please contact Marina Clarke at  TulitaPTAHistorian@gmail.com . And again, thank you for helping our community members during this holiday season!

Sign up HERE to contribute to a RBUSD family!
Fall Book Fair
The Fall Book Fair is here! Doors will be open before school from 7:30-8:15am and after school from 1:30-3:00pm all week in the library! Get some Holiday shopping done early and support the Tulita PTA. We still need a couple more volunteers to help with tear down on Friday, Dec. 7th from 3-4pm . Please see Tulita App for sign up genius!
Eat for Tulita
Family Portraits Fundraiser
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Make sure to mention TULITA when you book!
District Reflections
Last month, Tulita PTA's Reflections Contest winners were announced at our Town Hall. All 1st place winners moved on to be judged at the District level.

Congratulations to 3rd place district winner Frank Thompson (1st grade) for his Photography entry!

Congratulations to 3rd place district winner Cameron Akhavan (3rd grade) for his Literature entry!

And thank you again to all students who participated in this year's Reflections Contest!
Nominating Committee 2019
We are looking for volunteers to serve on this year's PTA Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee serves an important role at Tulita - it recommends individuals to serve on next year's PTA Executive Board.

The Nominating Committee will work for about 2 months (January-March) to identify and interview potential candidates, and prepare and present a slate of potential officers to the school for consideration at the March PTA Association meeting.

If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee, please email our Parliamentarian,  Rebecca Goldstein   by December 19 .
Caring Connections
Happy Holidays Tulita Families!

On January 30 Katie Hurley is visiting our school to share information with our students and parents. 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will attend an assembly and parents are welcome to attend a special evening assembly, also on January 30.

For the December newsletter we're including a little snapshot from her book  The Happy Kid Handbook - How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World .

Teach the Stoplight:

The stoplight is a great metaphor for teaching kids how to respond to events that trigger various emotions. It works just as well for excitement and overstimulation as it does for anger and frustration. It's a simple concept, but the visualization of the stoplight changing colors will stay with your child for years to come.

Draw, paint, or print a picture of a stoplight and place it in the most used room of your house. You might even want to create mini versions of the same stoplight for bedrooms, backpacks, and desks. Explain to your child that the colors of the stoplight represent different actions your child can do to handle emotional situations.

* Red : STOP - Stop what you're doing, take three deep breaths, and think about the situation.
* Yellow : THINK - Think about your options. Who can help? Should you walk away? What is the best way to respond?
* Green : ACT - Choose the best strategy to fit the situation and proceed. 

Practice the stoplight as a family to show your child that everyone can benefit from taking some time to stop and assess before responding to emotionally charged triggers.

Have a wonderful winter break!

Diana Nelson 
Vice President, Tulita PTA

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