What Parents Need to Know About the Digital Addition Epidemic

Tuesday, February 25
Sand Point Elementary

Our guest speaker will focus on the neurobiological mechanisms of addiction, how they apply to today’s digital media, and what parents can do to raise healthy children in a digital world.

Dimitri Christakis, MD, MPH

George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington
Director, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Attending Pediatrician, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Dimitri Christakis graduated from Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is the author of over 200 original research articles, a textbook of pediatrics, and  “The Elephant in the Living Room: Make Television Work for Your Kids” (September 2006; Rodale). In 2010 he was awarded the Academic Pediatric Association Research Award for outstanding contributions to pediatric research over his career.  His passion is developing actionable strategies to optimize the cognitive, emotional, and social development of preschool children. The pursuit of that passion has taken him from the exam room, to the community and most recently to cages of newborn mice.

Christakis’ laboratory focuses on the effects of early environmental influences on child health and development and his work has been featured on all major international news outlets as well as all major national and international newspapers. He speaks frequently to international audiences of pediatricians, parents, educators and policy makers about the impact of early learning on brain development.

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SEL in the Context of Resources

Here at Sand Point, we use social learning theory as the framework for implementation throughout each month. Advisory meetings for Sand Point’s SEL curriculum are held on the first Monday of each month and the SEL theme for the month is presented. At the end of the month, the work is presented by Student Council at the morning all-school assembly. Families are welcome to attend.

Watch the videos with your Squirrels to share and learn together.

SEL in the Context of Resources

Student Into for Emotion Scientist … 0:00 – 1:31
Adults introduce resources (most basic human needs/Geography) … 2:12 – 2:33
Students introduce Physical/Human/Cultural Geography … 2:34 – 3:51
Staff connect geography standard 16, emotion scientists, sense of place … 3:53 – 5:01
Poem, “Where Matters” … 5:02 – 6:39
Why where matters for us … 6:40 – 8:17
Students share about resources (including role of government) … 8:18 – 10:59
SEL Transition word, teacher/students … 11:05 – 11:52
Self and social awareness skill building questions … 11:53 – 13:02
“Are we rich?”, plus closing … 13:03 – end


January – Equity & Equality

December – Connections

November – Identity

October – Citizenship

September – Community and Belonging

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Bingo Night: February 6th, 6:00-8:00pm

Join us for a night of exciting BINGO games to raise funds to help send the 5th grade class to their annual camp at IslandWood! Spread the word to SPE and non-SPE families to attend and participate in this super fun event!!  Doors open at 5:45pm.

Questions? Contact SPE 5th Grade BINGO Coordinators Dawn Yadron (dawn.yadron@hotmail.com) or Michelle Palmer (palmer.michelle@hotmail.com).


Cash and checks only. Small bills are preferred…


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Sand Point Elementary School Tours: 1/24 and 2/28

Have a friend or neighbor wondering about Sand Point Elementary for their student or soon-to-be student? Let them know about the Sand Point School Tour dates. Sand Point has so much to offer – spread the word!!

Families who would like to know more about school tours should contact Sandy Warner, in the SPE Office at: 206-252-4640 or may contact the Sand Point Elementary PTA at sandpointelempta@gmail.com

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Science Night Rescheduled for June 3rd

more details to come…

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Volunteers Needed

We invite you to think about ways you can participate in the rewarding experience of volunteering. Need some ideas? Contact Judy Findley, Volunteer Coordinator at volunteerspepta@gmail.com


BINGO NIGHT: Volunteer sign up NOW to support this fun schoolwide event that happens on Thursday, Februray 6th! This event helps raise funds for the 2020 5th Grade overnight trip to Islandwood. Signup at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0944a4a82aa46-sand

LET’S ROCK THIS BOAT: Donations needed!  Deadline to donate: March 1, 2020 (please submit your items with the donation form found here: Click on DONATION FORM)

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Hear Our Voices Podcast

Episode THREE is now available! Tune in!!

Symetra Heroes In The Classroom MVP Award
Sand Point Elementary Wins Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Award

Permanent link to this article: http://sandpointelementarypta.org/2020/01/22/hear-our-voices-podcast-2/

Book Fair: March 16-20th

*Book Fair March 16-20th
*Volunteers needed-sign ups to come
*If you’re interested in helping put on this event, contact Sam at Samantha.scharenberg@gmail.com

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Let’s Rock This Boat

Save the Date for Let’s Rock This Boat!
This annual benefit concert will feature our staff band,
The Sand Point SuperFonics!
Seattle Yacht Club

Look out for more information to come!

*This is our annual spring fundraiser,
Questions? Contact fundraisingspepta@gmail.com

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December SEL: Connection!

SEL Assembly at 8am, Friday, 12/20. Sign in at the office and see you in the cafeteria.

December SEL in the Context of Connections!

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