Teaching the whole child

Education is evolving and methods for discipline are changing too.

Some of you may remember a teacher telling you, “don’t do that.” Well no more.

Now instead of telling students what not to do, the focus is helping kids learn how to manage their own behavior better – it’s called social emotional learning and conscious discipline.

Educators are now focused on “connectedness”, creating relationships with students and helping them learn how to manage their emotions and behavior.

Using the concepts of social emotional learning and conscious discipline kids will learn more, get better grades and stay in class.

Kessler Elementary Librarian and Writing Instructor Brenda Winters says conscious discipline has changed her classes dramatically.

“It did not take long for me to notice a huge difference in class,” Winters said.

She added, “The biggest piece for me of conscious discipline that has made the difference is developing tools to build relationships with kids, to connect with them. There’s more buy-in on their part in terms of learning when they know you care about them.”

Conscious discipline is a life skill that’s helping kids learn by improving the learning atmosphere in class. Students are acting out less and causing fewer distractions, student bad behavior “referrals” are down by about half compared to previous years.

Kessler Principal Noma Hudson has taken the social emotional learning training twice and works diligently to maintain its principles throughout each school day.

“Our kids need consistency, and they need relationships,” Hudson said.

2018-10-12T13:44:30+00:00October 11th, 2018|

Kessler Fall Fundraiser DUE

Just a reminder that the Kessler Elementary Fall Fundraiser Packets are DUE tomorrow, October 10th. Please turn in the fundraiser packets and money (checks can be made payable to Kessler Elementary PTO) to your child’s classroom teacher or in the office by the end of the day on Wednesday, October 10th. Parents turn in the white and yellow copies and keep the pink copy for their records. Thank you for supporting our school and students!

2018-10-09T14:24:36+00:00October 9th, 2018|

Fall 2018 message from the principal

If you printed out a district calendar before September 13, please throw it away. It will not include the changes made after the strike like on October 12th. Find the updated calendar here.

Take The Five Day Challenge

Even as young as kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school and make it harder to learn to read. We encourage you to take the five (or fewer) day challenge. Students will earn weekly brag tags for perfect or improved attendance, or for arriving on time. The brag tags will fit on a ring that students will have on their cubbies here at school. At the end of the year they can attach them to their backpacks (that way they don’t get lost). Here are some suggestions for helping improve attendance:

  • Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and backpacks the night before.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless the child is truly sick.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school talk to the teachers, school counselor, or family liaison for strategies to help the child feel comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up.

We are excited to have your student as a member of the Kessler School Family.



2018-10-04T16:36:11+00:00October 1st, 2018|

Back to School – Meet The Teacher

Today, Monday, September 10th from 3:30pm-4:30pm.  Students can bring their school supplies and meet their classroom teacher.  School will start Tuesday, September 11th, and attend 8:30-3:00, except for Kindergarten.  Wednesday, September 12th, will be an Early Release and the students will be dismissed at 2:00pm.

2018-09-10T10:31:05+00:00September 10th, 2018|

Registration open for Lower Columbia School Gardens volunteer training

Whether you are already helping in a school garden, or just thinking about getting your hands dirty, this FREE TRAINING EVENT is for you! We hope you can attend one of these two (identical) sessions:
~ Friday September 7, 9:00 to noon
~ Saturday September 8, 9:00 to noon

Northlake Elementary
Garden Lab Rm 26 (2nd portable)
2210 Olympia Way
Longview, WA 98632

Learn simple, effective techniques for helping kids (and plants!) grow. We will work in the classroom as well as out in the garden; there will be plenty of hands-on learning. Topics include:

  • Why school gardens?
  • Garden activities and lessons
  • Starting seeds indoors and out
  • Composting with kids
  • Cooking with kids
  • Garden safety
  • Group management
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • School Garden Resources
  • And more!

Enjoy learning and connecting with great people who have a shared passion for kids, gardens, and good food. Snacks provided. Meet the garden rabbits, Sam, Sorrel, and Satou.

This training is free; all are welcome.

Register Here

2018-08-14T12:20:02+00:00August 14th, 2018|

Party in the Park 2018!

Where: Archie Anderson Park

When: Monday, August 27 3:30-5:00

What: Food (pizza, popsicles) and Fun (music, games)

Who: You! Bring the whole family

There will be information booths for parents

  • Sign up to volunteer
  • Free and Reduced Lunch forms
  • Attendance initiatives and incentives

Note: class lists won’t be out until the afternoon of August 28, and students and parents can bring supplies and meet the classroom teacher  that day from 3:00-4:00.

2018-08-10T12:03:48+00:00August 10th, 2018|

LPS celebrates summer reading!

Longview Public Schools Superintendent Dan Zorn and School Board member Phil Jurmu set the pace at Longview’s Go Fourth parade.

While serving as grand marshal of the 2018 Go Fourth parade, Superintendent Dan Zorn and his crew of LPS staff, board members, family and friends passed out thousands of bookmarks encouraging everyone to read this summer.

The bookmarks include a link to “Superintendent Storytime,” where Dr. Zorn shares several of his favorite children’s books.


2018-07-09T08:05:06+00:00July 5th, 2018|
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