Katie Dunlap
Megan Barnes
Jessie and Anita Munoz
Joel Goldstein
Wendie Perry
Our Principal: John Tolan
Office Staff: Dena Tams and Penny Hampton; Counselor: Neesha Turner
Mark Emerson
Reading Teacher: Sophia Thompson; TItle I Teacher/Child Development: Susan Brecht; Paras: Melissa Kohler, Sherri Anderson
First Grade Teachers: Emily Manley (Becky McIntosh - Long Term Sub) and Kimberly Garcia
Deb Sloan
Zanah Larson
Special Ed Teacher: Jen Azure; Paras: Yolanda Conrad, Julie Youngren, Annette Howell, Nicole Woolridge, Annie Girdner
Speech Therapy
Library: Ellen Lester and Marilyn Ricker
Holly Wagner and Sophia Wright
Second Grade Teachers: Lena Wheeling and Kylee Goodwin
Fifth Grade Teachers: Darren Hendrickson and Tory Weimer
Structured Learning Team: Kelsie Collins, Sara Huffman, Tina Christensen, Jenifer Kidwell
Fourth Grade Teachers: Tausha Tams and Rachel Robinson
Our Kindergarten Team: Merlie Smith, Margaret Spence, Justinn Droke, Patty Claude, Sarah Swanson
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What is Conscious Discipline?

Conscious Discipline

Hello Self Regulation!

Island City Elementary is a school working to implement Conscious Discipline. A self-regulation structure and curriculum that teaches students to regulate behaviors, create a culture of safety, and promote core values to create a school family and supports students learning the skills and powers to problem solve through their lives.

 What does this look like?

Students learn first about the brain, and how their emotions can impact the brain and learning. When we have big feelings, our brains are not ready to listen and learn. How do we change from “bug crazy mad” or a state of big feelings to “calm and ready”? We follow the steps to self-regulation. These can be used by anyone, at anytime.

  1. I am in a safe place (a space to work through big feelings safely)

  2. I can calm myself (deep breathing strategies)

  3. I feel (identify feelings and be ready to choose)

  4. I choose (strategies to further find calm and be ready to problem solve)

  5. I solve (what can I do to solve this problem? What solution would work best)

  6. I am ready to learn!

According to conscious discipline and Dr. Becky Bailey, a school family needs three essential ingredients: willingness to learn, impulse control, and attention. These three components promote optimal development of all of its members.

 “Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive emotional intelligence and classroom management system that integrates all domains of learning (social, emotional, physical, cultural and cognitive) into one seamless curriculum. It evolves from constantly asking, “Is there a better way,” and seeking the most current information provided by varied disciplines from neuroscience to mindfulness research to developmental psychology and beyond. The following papers, articles, research and texts are among the many materials that provide support for the concepts and framework of Conscious Discipline.”

 For more information visit: consciousdiscpline.com


Counselor's Corner!

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Hello Island City Families! Growth Mindset...What is the buzz all about? Staff and students at Island City Elementary School are focusing on a Growth Mindset this year. Check back here on the website or follow us on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/Island-City-Elementary-PTO-172279706122709/ for more helpful and exciting information about how to support a Growth Mindset at home. 

According to the Big Life Journal's How to teach Growth Mindset to kids: The 4 Week Guide, a "Growth Mindset occurs when we believe our intelligence and abilities can be improved upon with effort and the right strategies. A willingness to confront challenges, a passion for learning and viewing failure as a springboard for growth are all characteristics associated with a growth mindset. Not surprisingly, this type of mindset is strongly linked to greater happiness and achievement in life. In contrast, those with a fixed mindset believe their intelligence and abilities cannot be altered in a meaningful way. As a result, mistakes are often seen as failures rather than opportunities to grow and learn. When stuck in a fixed mindset, we may fear new experiences, avoid risks, and feel the need to repeatedly prove ourselves over and over."

We would love for you to ask your student how they are developing a Growth Mindset! Having reminders in the home to keep working hard will definitely help us to reinforce this valuable learning strategy!

- Neesha

Building Character


We will be working on OPTIMISM throughout May. Optimism is having a positive mindset even in the face of adversity! An optimist understands that life can be a bumpy road, but at least it is a road that leads somewhere. They learn from their mistakes and are not afraid to keep trying! We want our students to understand that OPTIMISM is like a "happiness magnet!" If you stay positive, good people and friends will be drawn to you! We want to remember to keep our sunny side up!

We will be discussing OPTIMISM all month long so we would love your help reinforcing this trait through your discussions at home. Encourage your student to be optimistic!!!

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Island City Announcements!

Library Services

Island City Little Library

 We are excited to announce that Island City Elementary will have a little lending library open this summer! It will be a small "building" in front of the school. The library was donated by Mountain Valley Reading Council. The rules for using the library are simple... bring a book to put in the library and take a book to read. You may do this as many times as you want all summer! Please help us to keep the library clean and neat. We hope your family will find the little library is a good way to encourage your children to read this summer!

Announcements & News

District Offices Closed on August 21

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All schools in the La Grande School District will be closed on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 for staff training. This includes the District Office.  

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Resource Fair for All Students on August 8th

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The La Grande School District's Student Registration & Resource Fair is Thursday, August 8 from 8 AM to 7 PM at La Grande Middle School. The event is for all K-12 students and families.

Registration will occur for K-8 students ONLY. Grade 9-12 students need to register at the High School.

Many local agencies and resources will be available to share information and support students and parents for returning to school for the 2019-20 school year.

For more details, please see the Resource Fair Flyer.

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Kindergarten Round-Up is April 23rd

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La Grande School District's Kindergarten Round-Up is Tuesday, April 23rd from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM at the La Grande School District Gym, 1305 N. Willow Street.

Students entering kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year must be five years old before September 1, 2019.

For more information about what to bring to registration, please see the Kindergarten Round-Up Flyer.

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