Friday, June 14, 2019

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 29

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This week was all about reviewing the importance of why we follow rules. To help the students remember why they should follow the rules, they viewed a read along of the book What If Everybody Did That by Ellen Javernick. This was well received by the students as they learned of another way to help them follow rules by simply asking themselves, what if everybody did that? After the read along, students had a chance to answer some scenario questions of what if everybody did that. We then finished our time together with a related activity sheet. 


Friday, June 7, 2019

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 28

This week's topic was all about Interrupting. We started out with having a student come up in front of the class to play the Interrupting Game. This was where the student would interrupt me every time I spoke. The students got a kick out of this because each time I was interrupted, I pretended I forgot what I was talking about. They saw first-hand how interrupting can really mix up what's being said. The students then enjoyed a read aloud of the book My Mouth Is A Volcano by Julia Cook, followed by a related activity sheet.



Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Words of Wisdom Wednesdays

You may not be able to control the behaviors of others, especially what they say, but you do have control over how you react or respond to them.  Don’t let the way others treat you determine how you feel or the way you think about yourself. And, don’t let what others say to you get you upset or get you in trouble. Just because someone says something to you doesn’t mean that it is true and doesn’t mean you have to react or respond to it. Realize that you have the power of how you feel about yourself and not others.


Read during morning announcements by one of Nixon's Rising Servant Leaders.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 27

This week we continued learning about consequences and how they relate to the choices we make. Students learned that thinking ahead of what the consequences could be will help them make good choices. To help in this lesson they watched a Pixar video short entitled For the Birds. The students also took part in an activity called Predicting Consequences where they had a chance to pass around a "crystal ball" (actually a clear balloon attached to an upside down plastic plate) and predict what could happen with a given scenario.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Words of Wisdom Wednesdays

Ever wonder why you may not be getting along with someone? Sometimes it could be because of the way they treat you, but sometimes it could be the way you are treating them or behaving around them. When getting along with others and making friends, pay attention to how you treat others. Is your behavior the reason why others don’t like or want to be around you? If this is the case, work to make changes, better choices, and make sure you are being kind and you will start to see how others will like to be around you a lot more!

Read during morning announcements by one of Nixon's Rising Servant Leaders.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Words of Wisdom Wednesdays

In preparation for this year’s field day, make sure you are a good sport.

That is, make sure that you are someone who plays fair, accepts both victory and defeat, has
manners, and is respectful no matter if you win or lose. Help make this year’s field day fun for
everyone. When everyone has fun everybody wins. Remember have fun, do your best, follow the
rules, don’t be too serious, and be safe. It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about having a good
time. Keep of all this in mind and everyone will have a good time!

Read during morning announcements by one of Nixon's Rising Servant Leaders.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Words of Wisdom Wednesdays

Here are some encouraging test taking words to help get you through the last days of our
state testing:

  • Breath, stay focused, and take it one question at a time
  • You can do this because you have been already
  • Believe in yourself, because your teachers do too
  • All this year you have worked really hard and now it’s time to shine
  • Don’t give up, Don’t rush, and just do your best
  • Good luck, show your stuff, and be the awesome Nixon student you are!


Read during morning announcements by one of Nixon's Rising Servant Leaders.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Words of Wisdom Wednesdays

Consequences are what happens as a result of a choice that you make or an action that you take. If you want to have good consequences, then make good choices and make sure your actions are good too. If you are not sure about what choice to make or what action to take, try to think ahead and predict what your consequences might be. Then, make the right choice!


Read during morning announcements by one of Nixon's Rising Servant Leaders.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Words of Wisdom Wednesdays

A few words about friends…

A friend is someone who helps you to be your best! If the people that you call “friends” do not
help you to be your best, then they are not real friends and you may want to start thinking about
being around others that bring out the best in you!




Read during morning announcements by one of Nixon's Rising Servant Leaders.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 26

This week students were introduced to the word Consequence. I provided them with examples of consequences and we had great discussions in this regard. The students then enjoyed a book entitled A Fish Out of Water by Helen Palmer which provided them with a great example of the consequences of not following directions. To further promote their understanding of the meaning and concept of consequences, the students worked on a consequence activity sheet where they had to match a picture of an action to the consequence of that action.

A Fish Out of Water (Beginner Books)

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 25

This lesson was all about self-control. We started our class by playing the Self-Control Pose game. This game not only promotes self-control, but also focusing, paying attention, and listening. The students watched a Sesame Street Parody about using self-talk for self-control entitled The Life of Whoopie Pie. We then ended our class with a small discussion about Stop, Think, & Choose followed by the students having a chance to color in their own Stop, Think, & Choose traffic light sheets. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Words of Wisdom Wednesdays

Realize that each and every one of you here at Nixon has the power to make a difference. That difference can be related to you or someone else and can be anything from studying harder for tests to inviting someone who is by themselves to play. So for today think about what kind of difference you can make for not only yourself, but for others too!

Read during morning announcements by one of Nixon's Rising Servant Leaders.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 24

This week we continued working on our listening and following directions skills. After quickly reviewing what's necessary to listen and follow directions, we played a few rounds of Follow 3. This gave the students another opportunity to practice listening to multiple directions before following through with them. We then watched and discussed a Sesame Street Parody entitled The Spy Who Loved Cookies which deals with listening and following directions. To finish our time together, the students worked on a Following Directions coloring sheet which gave the students another opportunity to practice their listening and following directions skills. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Words of Wisdom Wednesdays

The word acceptance can mean making the best of something or a situation even when we wish
things were different. It can also mean being okay with someone else that’s different than you
or thinks differently than you. Sometimes we have to accept the way things are or accept
someone for who they are in order to be happy and allow others to be happy too.
Let today be the day when you are more accepting of things out of your control or others and
their differences. Do this and you might be surprised just how much happier you and others
around you will be!


Read during morning announcements by one of Nixon's Rising Servant Leaders.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 23


This week was all about Focusing and being Mindful. Students reviewed some previously covered techniques of Focusing and were introduced to the concept of Mindfulness. They participated in an interactive video from GoNoodle.com entitled From Mindless to Mindful and then enjoyed a short Sesame Street Parody entitled The Aveggies which was about Focusing. To finish off our time together, students were given activity sheets that allowed them an opportunity to practice being mindful and focusing on their work.  


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Words of Wisdom Wednesdays

Since Spring is the season of new beginnings, take this moment to think about what you want and can do better. Perhaps it is your school work or talking less in class. Or perhaps it is being kinder and improving on how you treat others. Today is the day to make a change. Make a difference and be the change!

Read during morning announcements by one of Nixon's Rising Servant Leaders.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Words of Wisdom Wednesdays

Here are some more thoughts about what makes a day a good day. Is it the way others treat you or how you treat others? Realize that whether or not you have a good day or not is up to you. Be the reason why someone has a good day and you will see how it will also be a good day for you too!

Read during morning announcements by one of Nixon's Rising Servant Leaders.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 22

This week students reviewed and practiced their listening and paying attention skills. After the students pointed out what is necessary to listen and pay attention they participated in a guided interactive video entitled "Melting" from GoNoodle.com. This video promotes not only listening and following directions, but also mindfulness and calming techniques. The students really loved it! The students also watched a short video related to listening and following directions from the Sesame Street Parodies entitled "Furry Potter and the Goblet of Cookies." To close our class, students colored in a Following Directions Coloring Sheet.  

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Words of Wisdom Wednesdays

Think about how it feels when someone does something nice for you or how it feels when someone helps you. Now think about how you would feel if you were the one that did something nice for someone else or how you would feel if you helped someone out. Be the reason why someone says thank you and help someone out who can really use it!

Read during morning announcements by one of Nixon's Rising Servant Leaders.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 21

This week's topic was Tattling vs Telling. Our read along was entitled Let's Talk About Tattling by Joy Berry.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Words of Wisdom Wednesdays


What makes a day a good day? Is it the weather? Does it depend on what day of the week it is?
Or does a good day depend on the choices we make throughout the day?
Make today a good day by making the right choices for not only yourself, but for others too!

Read during morning announcements by one of Nixon's Rising Servant Leaders.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Kindergarten Social, Emotional, & Behavioral Learning- Week 20

Since it was Random Acts of Kindness Week, we applied the theme of kindness to this week's lesson. After talking about the importance of kindness with the students, they had a chance to hold and pass Be Calm Bunny around while giving each other a compliment which earned them a leaf for our Kindness Tree! They then viewed a read along of the book entitled Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Margery Cuyler. Students finished with a Use Kind Words and Actions coloring page.



Monday, February 18, 2019

Random Acts of Kindness Week 2019

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Dear Families,

As part of our ongoing emphasis on fostering a positive school environment, we will be celebrating and
promoting Random Acts of Kindness Week here at Nixon School from February 19th through
February 22nd.

A random act of kindness is a simple act which brightens someone’s day.  It can be something significant,
like donating items to a charity, or something smaller, like holding a door open for someone or even smiling
and saying hello.  It can be planned in advance or happen on the spur of the moment.

Our schedule for the week is on the back of this page.  You’ll see that every day has a theme followed by
suggestions of random acts of kindness students can do.
Here’s how you can help at home: Let your child see you being kind to someone else. Encourage them to be
kind to you, their loved ones, friends and classmates. Point out kind acts you see others perform in real life,
and in books or movies. Discuss the other side of this page with your child.

We’ll be writing/drawing our acts of kindness on paper leaves, then hanging them on our Kindness Tree.
The students will get to witness their kindness bloom!

Help us spread kindness this week and always!
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Mr. Erik Swanson
Nixon School Counselor


~Kindness Starts With You & It’s Contagious- Pass It On~

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Monday February 18th- School Closed- Presidents Day

Tuesday February 19th- “Thankful Tuesday- Who deserves a “thank-you?”


  • Tell someone “thank-you” for what they do and why you appreciate them (e.g. loved ones, Nixon staff, bus drivers, police officers, firefighters, etc.)
  • Write or draw a thank-you note to someone
  • Send a thank-you card to someone


Wednesday February 20th- “We Care Wednesday”- Think of ways you can show that you care!


  • Help a classmate in need
  • Clean your room
  • Help clean up after lunch and dinner
  • Straighten up your classroom


Thursday February 21st- “Thoughtful Thursday”- Do something to make someone feel good!


  • Give a compliment (e.g. tell a classmate how nice they look, tell them they are awesome!)
  • Ask another student to play who is by themselves
  • Send a get-well card to someone who is sick


Friday February 22nd- “Friendly Friday- Be friendly to EVERYONE at Nixon!  


  • Talk to or play with someone you normally wouldn’t
  • Include others, especially if they look lonely
  • Try to make a new friend




Everyday add leaves to our Kindness Tree and watch it bloom!
Last year we had 163 leaves.
Let’s see if we can have more this year!

Teachers will have paper leaves for writing down or drawing acts of kindness.  

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Words of Wisdom Wednesdays

Being a kind person versus not being kind can be the difference of having friends or not having friends. When you are kind people like to be around you. Think about it… Do you like to be around people who are not kind to you?

Read during morning announcements by one of Nixon's Rising Servant Leaders.

Sunday, February 10, 2019