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Feel the Learn

WUSD Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) & Inclusion Newsletter

Resources — Information — Support

In this issue:

ACTSion Items:

Calendar of community-building activities

CounSELors Corner:

Meet the counselors, learn about upcoming workshops, & support inclusivity

In Step with Second Step:

Resources to reinforce Second Step learning

ACTStended Learning:

Resources to learn about events special to our community


Spotlights on events taking place at our school sites

ACTSion Items

Mark your calendars for these upcoming opportunities for community building, supported by Wiseburn's Achieving a Culture of Togetherness and Support (ACTS) Committee.

Anza students in the Ni Hao program learned about culture through art. Caregivers and community members were invited to share in their learning.

  • Week of February 21st-24th: 🐶🦅🐻🐬🦈All school sites Black History Month Spirit Week

  • Friday, February 24th: 🐬Dana PRIDE Assembly: Preparedness

  • Monday, February 27th: 🦅Read Across Anza Day

  • Tuesday, February 28th: 🐶🦅🐻🐬🦈Parent/Caregiver Workshop on Understanding Child Development - Register & Learn more

  • Wednesday, March 1st: 🦅Read Across Anza Day

  • Wednesday, March 1st: 🦅Anza ELAC, 9:00am - 10:00am

  • Wednesday, March 1st: 🦅Anza DELAC, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

  • Wednesday, March 1st: 🐬Dana Winterim/Open house

  • Wednesday, March 1st: 🐬Open Association PTSA Meeting

  • Week of March 13th - 17th: 🐻Cabrillo Cubs Read Week and Scholastic Book Fair

  • Thursday, February 16th: 🦅Anza PTA Meeting, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

  • Week of March 13th-17th: 🦅Anza Book Fair

  • Friday, March 17th: 🦅Anza Spirit Day

*Check school site announcements for information regarding Music Mondays for National Music in Our Schools Month!

CounSELors Corner

We celebrated National School Counseling Week (2/6-2/10) and are so appreciative of the wonderful things the counselors do for students, educators, and our community. Counselors help students apply academic achievement strategies and manage emotions, promote a fun school environment where all students feel welcome, collaborate with parents/caregivers, and consult with teachers and school staff. Watch the video, below for a fun introduction.

Parent/Caregiver Learning Opportunities

Beyond backpacks, lunchboxes, and schedules, what do families need to help prepare students for the upcoming transition of a new school year? 

WUSD Spring 2023 Workshop Series

  • Understand your child's needs based on their age and developmental level.
  • Learn tips to help you and your child work in partnership with Wiseburn schools to help ensure happy school days for parents/caregivers and students.

Presentations are especially intended for families whose students are transitioning to Kindergarten and 6th grade; however, all are welcome!

Register & Learn More

Supporting Inclusivity and 

Culturally Diverse Environments

Creating a nurturing and culturally celebratory environment for students will 

empower them to be empathetic community builders.

Why it matters: One of the greatest attributes a person can have is the ability to interpret experiences and perspectives outside of their own. Being surrounded by classmates with a diverse set of values and beliefs helps students see life from a different viewpoint and better understand the experiences of others. This, in turn, will make them become more supportive and empathetic and will prevent them from developing prejudices later in life.

The big picture: Understanding the various types of diversity will allow us to help promote cultural awareness and support differences.

Types of cultural diversity:

  1. Race
  2. Ethnicity
  3. Religion 
  4. Language
  5. Gender Identity
  6. Socioeconomic Status

How you can support: There are small things you can do every day to foster cultural diversity:

  • Maintain consistent and open dialogue with students
  • Acknowledge and respect differences
  • Practice cultural sensitivity
  • Incorporate diversity in applicable areas
  • Give students freedom and flexibility to express themselves
  • Encourage students to engage with students outside of their normal group

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In Step with Second Step

All students participate in a social-emotional learning curriculum called Second Step. Second Step helps students recognize when they are having big feelings, regulate their emotions, build self-confidence and advocacy skills, develop healthy social skills, and develop problem solving skills. These lessons also include content related to bullying.

The Second Step lesson schedule is enriched by instruction, activities, and discussion related to topics that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Teachers are asked to follow a general schedule, which is reflected in the table below.

You can support your student in these activities! Find details using the button links below the table to plug into your student's lessons and reinforce them at home.

TK-8th Second Step Lesson Details

ACTStended Learning

Additional resources and learning on diversity, equity, and inclusion, curated by the Achieving a Culture of Togetherness and Support (ACTS) Committee.

Partnership Opportunity

🆕📰Wiseburn is looking for parents/caregivers and Wiseburn staff members who are interested in serving as ACTS Ambassadors! ACTS Ambassadors serve as liaisons between schools and the community by promoting inclusion, a sense of belonging, and home-school partnerships to optimize students' educational experience. Volunteers could set aside as little as 30 minutes per month, on their own time or be involved in more in-depth opportunities that would require a commitment of about an hour a month of collaborative meeting time. Complete the interest form to learn more about this great opportunity!

Click here to complete the interest form.
Learn more about each event
Printable 2022-23 calendar

Rare Disease Day 2023

Learn more about raising awareness and generating change for the 300 million people worldwide living with a rare disease, their families, and carers.

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Students with Disabilities Awareness Month: March

March is Students with Disabilities Awareness Month! DoDEA is committed to empowering our super students by increasing awareness and promoting independence, integration, and inclusion of all students with disabilities. DoDEA provides a range of support to students with disabilities - from accommodations to specialized instruction in the classroom.

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History of St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is a global celebration of Irish culture that takes place annually on March 17, the anniversary of the patron saint of Ireland's death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. Today it is celebrated with parades and parties worldwide.

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International Women's Day 2023 campaign theme: Embrace Equity

International Women's Day 2023 campaign theme is Embrace Equity.

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Social-emotional Learning (SEL) takes many forms. Wiseburn school site teams create opportunities for students to develop skills through the exploration of emotions, development of relationships, and navigation through growth opportunities.

Anza Craft Night

Anza Craft Night was filled with tons of joy! Parents and caregivers got to join students as they completed all types of crafts.

138th St. Students Learn about Jackie Robinson

In February 138th St. fourth grade students took a trip to Dodger Stadium to learn about Jackie Robinson through the Resiliency Project. Students learned that Jackie Robinson was a historic figure who helped change the landscape of baseball and build strong communities.

Black History Month at Cabrillo

Cabrillo students have been learning a lot during Black History Month! Teachers have been discussing the historical contributions of Black Americans in government, science, and the arts. Cabrillo, with PTA support, had a Cultural Assembly with African drumming on Thursday February 22nd!

Dungeons & Dragons at Dana

Dana's Dungeons and Dragons club is in full swing! This is a particularly special club because it was started by Dana students. Students advocated for the start of this club, recruited a teacher lead, and worked closely with Dana administration to order supplies and recruit students. Students across all grade levels were invited to join and supports are available for all levels of players. We love to see students' voice and interests represented on campus.

Share your ideas, questions, and comments

See you next month!