News From the Office

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone has a restful and enjoyable Spring Break. Spring Break will be from Friday, March 23 to Monday, April 2nd. School will resume on Tuesday, April 3rd. The last few months will be busy and are filled with numerous fun activities along with lots of learning.

All classes have been working throughout the school year on the Zones of Regulation. This is a systematic approach to teach self-regulation by categorizing all the different ways we feel and the states of alertness we experience into four zones. They are:

The Red Zone - used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions.  A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, explosive behavior, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone. 
The Yellow Zone - also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions, however one has more control when they are in the Yellow Zone.  A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.  
The Green Zone - used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone.  This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.  
The Blue Zone - used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.

We discuss ways to regulate ourselves to help bring us back into the green zone, where optimal learning can occur.  We are also using these terms when talking about playground conflicts or issues.  We find many issues occur when someone in our play area is out of the green zone. We encourage you to discuss the zones with your child at home.



Stacy McGowan