A Message from Dr. Kristy Andre
Dear Arroyo Families,
Thank you so much for such a warm welcome. It has been such a pleasure getting to know many of you and your kids. I had so many kids come up to me and shake my hand to introduce themselves (so polite and respectful - which shows what amazing job you are doing as parents). A little background on me, I have been in education for 13 years. I have taught upper grades, middle school, and high school. I taught at Tustin Ranch Elementary, Lambert Elementary, and I helped to open Tustin Connect (online school). I taught in South Africa for two years at a school for orphan and vulnerable children. I returned from that amazing experience and became a Digital Learning Coach, Connect Coach, and MTSS TOSA. I have a passion for Social Emotional Learning and I have my doctorate in Educational Leadership. My goal is always to make everyone feel loved, cared for, seen, and safe. Please feel free to say hi to me when you're on campus! Thank you for all you do.
Dr. Kristy Andre
What Zone Are You In?
You might have heard your child mention something like, "I am in the red zone right now." Zones of Regulation is a curriculum that is designed to help students with self-regulation and emotional control. Our Social Emotional Learning Coach, Sarah Haase, has been introducing the zones in each classroom for teachers and students to have a common language around emotions and strategies to regulate those emotions. Self-regulation is the ability to manage disruptive emotions by thinking before reacting. Often kids want to make a good choice, but their emotions can overwhelm them and without explicitly teaching self-regulation kids' impulses turn into a bad choice (think tantrums). The Zones of Regulation utilize four zones to describe emotions (blue, red, yellow, and green). By being able to identify what zone you're in, a child can then pick a strategy to support them in this zone. Zones of Regulation involves social thinking skills used at school, at home, and, really, everywhere in life. Interested in learning more? Check out the links below.