Ms. Becky’s Morning Message

Salutations Students,

Welcome back to school! Each day is a new day, a day we get to start fresh and make new choices. Remember your classroom Essential Agreements?  Take time to review those today.  Reflect on your choices over the past month of school.  Think about the choices you make each day and the actions you take. Are you following your Essential Agreements?

The PYP Action cycle helps us learn and grow.  When we gain new knowledge, we need to think “What is my responsibility now that I have this new information?”  For example, if you know that walking quietly in the halls allows everyone to focus in classrooms as well as keeps everyone safe, make a choice to walk quietly and act this way every time in hall.  “Everyday Actions” or small choices you make daily show us how you are becoming a more knowledgeable, caring, and principled PYP student.

Our all school assembly is this Friday, October 28th.  This is a time for our whole school to come together to recognize all our hard work this month.  We have been focusing on the Attitudes of Respect and Integrity. Reflect on how you are showing these Attitudes each day at home, on the bus, in school and in the community!

Stay curious!

Ms. Becky

Unity Day!

Today is Unity Day!

Tesfa Scholars have been uniting this past week to put an end to bullying.  Each scholar wrote messages a peace, hope, and love about for our school and our classmates.  These messages will be displayed in our school throughout the year to say we are united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.


Ms. Becky’s Monday Morning Message

Dear Tesfa Friends,

Thank you for coming to school each day willing to learn, ask questions and participate in class. Growing your brain is not easy and it takes effort. Sometimes that work can be difficult. I appreciate you be open-minded and willing to work!

This week is a short school week for you.  This Tuesday, Oct. 18 and Wednesday, Oct 19  we have the privilege to meet with you and your families to talk about your learning.  We plan to have conversations about your hopes and dreams, what you are showing you “can do”, and what you need to learn and practice.  What is your responsibility when it come to learning? What choices to do you need to make in order to achieve your goals?

This Wednesday is Unity Day!  This is a day people across the nation are joining together to send a message of support to students who have experienced bullying.  Bullying is a behavior.  It is when people use their power to hurt or scare others on purpose.  Bullying can hurt everyone.  At Tesfa, classrooms have been working on creating messages of support, encouragement, and inclusion to show that we believe our school should be a place where everyone feels safe and accepted.  We are uniting to take a stand against bullying!

REMINDER! Wednesday is an early release- we will dismiss at 12:15 pm. There is no school this Thursday or Friday.

Stay curious!
Ms. Becky

“Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.” – Bill Copeland
Appreciate who you are and what you do. Don’t focus on your imperfections – instead remember the great things you bring to this life.

Ms. Becky’s Morning Message

Hello Peacemakers,

Welcome back to another wonderful week of school. It looks as though the weather all this week is going to be beautiful but the days are starting to become cooler. Remember to dress for the weather. Fall in Minnesota is the best!
During the school day you are practicing a lot of skills. In fact, as you are reading this you are practicing your reading and listening skills. Today I want you to think about our PYP Social Skills. Resolving a conflict or problem means that when people disagree, we try to find ways to fix it. Sometimes people disagree and that is okay. However, just because two people have a different perspective doesn’t mean they need to argue.

If you find yourself in an argument, we hope you can find a way to stop it and solve the problem peacefully by listening to another perspective.

October is National Bully Prevention Month. Bullying is a behavior. It is when people use their power to hurt or scare others on purpose. Bullying can hurt everyone. Kids who are bullied sometimes have a hard time standing up for themselves. Over the next few weeks you may be talking in your class about how to show kindness toward yourself and others.  Tesfa is a safe place and we will not allow hurtful comments or actions.  Let’s work together to make every student feel welcome and appreciated!


Stay curious!

Ms. Becky

Ms. Becky’s Morning Message

Good Morning Kind and Caring Kids!

I hope your weekend was relaxing and fun.  Taking the time to be balanced allows you to return to school well-rested with your mind ready to learn. What new things did you learn this weekend?  Did something surprise you or did you take a risk?

This week we are talking about being safe on the bus.  Every student will ride the bus at some point this year.  You may ride the bus to school or take the bus while on a field trip. It is important that you understand how to ride the bus safely.

Below are our essential agreements for riding the bus:

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If you have trouble on the bus or need help with something that you cannot solve yourself, please inform the bus driver.  Riding the bus is a privilege.  If you cannot follow the rules or are creating an unsafe environment for yourself or others, you will lose the privilege of riding the bus.  I hope that everyone shows us that they can ride the bus safely.

Respectfully yours,

Ms. Becky

Ms. Becky’s Morning Message

Happy Monday PYP Friends,

Every student deserves to feel safe at Tesfa. Students show they are safe by learning to solve problems peacefully. Hitting, pushing, shoving and any other physical contact are hurtful actions and never help to solve problems.

Being a communicator can help others understand what you need. If you need someone to change their behavior, offer them an “I-Statement”.  An example of an “I-Statement could look like this:

I feel annoyed because you keep distracting me when I am working.  I need you to stop talking to me when I am trying to learn.”

When trying to solve a problem with a friend, try using an “I-Statement”.
Sometimes we are faced with tough choices. People may say or do things that make us mad or hurt us. Others may choose to not follow directions even when told. It is important to remember that even when faced with a difficult situation, you have choices. We ask that you, a PYP student, reflect on the choices you make each day. What do your actions say about your commitment to being respectful and knowledgeable students? Remember, every day is a new day with new opportunities.

As PYP teachers, our goal is to ensure you leave us each day knowledgeable and thoughtful about the world.  We hope you grow up to be adults filled with commitment, integrity and empathy.

How can you show your commitment during math or demonstrate empathy during work time?  Practice being confident and independent in your communication skills by writing everyday. Show appreciation and respect by being a good listener. With effort and cooperation, you can and will achieve your hopes and dreams.  I am so proud to be your PYP Director!

Stay Curious!
Ms. Becky

Ms. Becky’s Morning Message

Good Morning Tesfa Family!

Welcome back to another wonderful week of learning. During the past weeks we have continued to learn about routines, get to know our classroom community, and build academic stamina. Please remember to do your best and show what you have learned each day We hope you are learning to take risks and be yourself here at Tesfa.  We appreciate each and every one of you.

Wednesday is the International Day of Peace, a day when special activities and celebrations take place all over the world to encourage and support peace.  This day, otherwise known as “Peace Day”, provides an opportunity for people, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace.  What is one way you can promote peace?

Thursday is the first day of fall.  It is time to start thinking about sweater, jackets and raking leaves.  During this season the weather turns cooler, the daylight gets shorter and the leaves change color.  What else do you notice or wonder about this season?

A great way to enjoy a beautiful fall day is to cuddle up with a good book.  When looking for a good book, you want to find one that is not too easy, not too difficult, but is just right. I hope you enjoy a “just right for you” book this week.

Stay Curious!
Ms. Becky

Ms. Becky’s Morning Message

Welcome back scholars!

I hope you had a wonderful long weekend filled with family, friends and smiles. Speaking of smiles, tomorrow is picture day!  Please remember to bring back your picture order forms if you want to buy pictures.  Everyone will get their picture taken, even if they do not want to buy one.  You DO NOT need to wear your uniforms tomorrow for picture day.  We call this a NO UNIFORM DAY!


This Friday you will learn about Constitution Day. Constitution Day honors the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.  What are you wondering about this day? Where could you look to find answers to your questions?

I appreciate all your hard work and commitment to do your best each day. As a PYP community of learners, we encourage you to show your curiosity. A curious leaner asks questions. We ask questions to:

  • Gather more information
  • Understand another perspective
  • Make a prediction

Reflect : What good question have you asked lately?

Stay Curious!
Ms. Becky