VAPA Announcements 11.12.18

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college


Shout Outs

  • Shout out to Ms. Zinskey, Mr. Roel, Mr. Hill, Mrs. Gonzales, Ms. Dominguez, Mrs. Rhoads, and Ms. Aderholdt for committing and following through by taking classes to improve your Spanish.

  • Shout out to PTO for keeping our community in mind by organizing our first Swamp Meet on Saturday! Thank you to all who came out to support!

  • Shout out to our Feaster Athletics Department for keeping our community in mind by organizing and hosting a Free Movie Night for our families. What a fun way to bring everyone together!

📸Pictures:(1) Feastergiving; (2) Our new chicks; (3) S drawing images

Additional Information:

  • We love to use social media to showcase great things teachers are doing! Please take a moment and follow us on our social media accounts:
  • Safe Schools Survey: Please share the link with your parents so that they can participate in this district wide survey! Their participation will help improve traffic safety on campus
  • Data Reports: Remember that online reports for our online programs (ImagineLearning, AR, Achieve3000, SmartyAnts, Benchmark and Khan Academy) can be useful when you are creating your small groups and deciding what to reteach. If you are having issues with reports, please email Heather Galyen so she can reset your password
  • On the Blog: On the Blog: This week, our blog post is focusing on building relationships:×10-strategy-restorative-practices/
  • GoFundMe: Our campaign has raised $1,175 and has been viewed over 600 times! We still have $1,600 to go so please keep sharing on your social media accounts and with friends and families if you are comfortable. The beyond kind messages and the heartfelt notes have been greatly appreciated, the generosity of our staff is truly inspiring! If you would like to donate or share with your families, the link is:
  • Headspace: we still have the Headspace guided mediation subscription available until 07/2019! Your redemption code is GSEDFEASTER1Y and it can be redeemed at

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 5th Grade

** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self-Control (School Work)**

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 11/19 – 11/23 Thanksgiving Break
  • 11/26 – 11/30 6th Grade Camp

Taking Time

In a profession where we have so little time and time always seems to be getting away from us, I was reminded this week about how important it is to just take a few moments to enjoy and celebrate each other even when we seem to have so little time to do so. That is why this week, our #Feastergiving had a theme beyond the fall season:

Be kind,
Be thoughtful,
Be genuine,
But most of all,
Be thankful

Feastergiving Poem 2018

Author Unknown

During our #Feastergiving, I was looking around and recognizing how many people we have on staff and I was thinking how nice it was to see everyone mixed up, not necessarily with their grade levels, but with other people, laughing, talking, getting to know each other. I took it all in and spent a moment just listening to the laughter and the conversations that were not focused on lesson planning or on working through some complex classroom situation but were focused on getting to know the other people at the table. These times to build relationships can be invaluable because, just like our students, we need these times to connect with each other and build our personal bonds.

It is through these conversations that we start to recognize the commitment to our students that we all share and we also start to recognize each others personal strengths. Like Ms. Miller who is organizing the Girls on the Run  program or Mr. Samaniego who is passionate about building connections amongst our staff and our Feaster Farm teachers who are “building humanitarians” and Ms. Aderholdt who has worked for over a year to plan Spanish classes for the staff and Ms. Bates who is doing amazing things alongside our athletics department to make sure the league fees are paid and the teams have enough coaching staff…these are things that I only know because I am taking the time to notice them (of course there are many more not mentioned here and I encourage you to share in the comments below). I know we all have those stories and we all have an example of how someone near to us is doing amazing things and we all recognize the strengths of others. This week, it was really great to see everyone in one room taking it all in and just enjoying the time to get to know other staff members and appreciating each other and just being thankful. During this time, we expressed gratitude on leaves that were hung on a tree that will be kept in the lounge. I hope that we can continue to add to our #gratitudetree and share some of the ways that we are thankful for each other.


I saw the tweet below posted by a first year teacher and I immediately felt so much empathy for her because I know that we have all had times when we have felt like this; regardless of how long we have been teaching. It is my hope that because of the relationships and bonds we have forged, even when we are having a tough #FridayFeeling, we have a group of supportive and empathetic people we can go to right here on campus.

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I encourage you to read through the comments linked here that other educators have written in response to this first year teacher’s tweet. It made me realize that we are teaching in a very powerful time when we have so much support right here on campus and we have so much support online from others. It is my hope that you all had some time to feel thankful during our Feastergiving and it is my hope that you will take that time as often as needed to let yourself feel thankful both professionally and personally.


VAPA Week 15 Announcements

  • We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through ●


  • Shout-out to Ms. Melissa and Mrs. Acuna for Committing & Following Through by regularly meeting with parents to explain the importance of attendance, greeting students every morning as they walk in, and calling students at 6:00am to wake them up in the morning!
  • Strengths Focus –This week we are highlighting two strengths! Shout-out to all Falcons that have CONNECTEDNESS & CONSISTENCY as one of their top 5 strengths!
    •  CONNECTEDNESS – big picture thinker, easy going, helps other see purpose
      • Stephen Phan, Martha Arizmendi, Pat Young, Karla Cortez, Jenn Slabaugh, Roel Mislan, Patti Willis
    • CONSISTENCY – fair and just problem-solver, makes fair policy and rules
      • Christine Carreno, Justin Hill, Natalie Scott, Cecilia Aguirre, Brad Haskins, Karla Cortez, Esther Granados, Jenn Slabaugh, Melissa Guerrero


  • This Thursday’s, join us as we focus on Gratitude

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  • Donors Choose/Feaster Blog: Mrs. Walker is available to help anyone who is interested in funding a project for your classroom find the resources or set up a Donors Choose.  Those interested in funding flexible seating, rugs, couches, bean bag chairs, etc. can email her and she will follow up with you to set up an account!
  • Our garden behind the middle school area is looking great! Ms. Young’s elective class has been busy keeping up with it. Take a few minutes and enjoy it at some point this week.


Week at a Glance
2nd Grade After-School Duty

** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self-Control (School Work)

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Nature’s Tricks w/Dr. Zoolittle Assembly

·       7:45 K-1

·       9:00 2-3

7:45 Coffee with the Principals


Elementary Football Feaster Vs. Veterans (AWAY)


4:30 Board Meeting Room 401


6:00 Feaster presents to CVESD Board (District Office)


1:45 Join us for FEASTERGIVING




Arizmendi – Living Coast Discovery Center


2:00 pm Turkey Bowl


11/20- 11/24 Thanksgiving Break



Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 11/27 – 12/1 College Week (7th & 8th Grade)
  • 11/30 DI Café Veterans