The Buck Bulletin
Important Dates to Remember:
- March 20 - Regular BOE meeting - 6:30pm
- April 3 - End of 3rd Marking Period
- April 5 - 2nd Grade Books & Breakfast 9am (parents please RSVP)
- April 6 - PTO & CEA Easter Egg Hunt for grades K-3
- April 8 - 3rd Grade Persuasive Speech Presentations 9:15am (parents please RSVP)
- April 17 - Regular BOE Meeting 6:30pm
- April 18 - Early Dismissal
- April 18 - PTO Sponsored event at Big League Dreams for grades 4-8
- April 19-26 - School Closed
- Save the Date: Spring Concert - June 6
3rd Grade "If I Were President Speeches"
4th Grade Debate: The Loyalists vs. The Patriots
Overview of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB)
HIB means any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents, that:
- Is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by an actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability, or by any other distinguishing characteristic;
- Takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, or on a school bus; or off school grounds, as provided for in N.J.S.A. 18A:37-15.3,
- Substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students; and that
- A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a student or damaging the student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his person or damage to his property; or
- Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students; or
- Creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student’s education or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student.
HIB Off School Grounds
School districts continue to have the right, but are not required, to impose consequences on a student for conduct away from school grounds consistent with N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.7, Conduct away from school grounds. The only change in this authority resulting from the ABR is that schools are now required to address HIB occurring off school grounds, when there is a nexus between the HIB and the school (i.e., the HIB substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school or the rights of other students).
Conflict vs. Bullying – Bullying is not a phase young people must endure or outgrow. Bullying is not a conflict between students or among groups of students. Conflict is a mutually competitive or opposing action or engagement, including a disagreement, an argument or a fight which is a normal part of human development. Bullying is one-sided, where one or more students are victims of one or more person’s aggression, which is intended to physically or emotionally hurt the victim(s).
There generally are four types of bullying behaviors. These behaviors and some examples are identified below:
- Verbal – Includes taunting, name calling, malicious teasing or making threats (U.S. Department of Justice, 2001);
- Psychological – Includes spreading rumors, purposefully excluding people from activities, breaking up friendships (U.S. Department of Justice, 2001);
- Physical – Includes hitting, punching, shoving, spitting or taking personal belongings (U.S. Department of Justice, 2001); and
- Cyberbullying – Includes using the Internet, mobile phone or other digital technologies to harm others. (DuPage County Anti-Bullying Model Policy and Best Practices, 2011).
PTO & CEA Breakfast with the Bunny & Easter Egg Hunt
Clean Communities - April 7 @ 1pm
Chatsworth PTO - email@example.com
WTRAA - Michelle King: firstname.lastname@example.org
7th & 8th Grade - Barb Levy: email@example.com
7th Presidential Wax Museum
6th Grade Fairview Trip
TAA Fall Soccer Sign-Up
Student Cell Phone Use
Just a reminder to everyone what our school procedures regarding student cell phone usage is. If your child has their own personal cellular phone it needs to be kept in their book bags at all times while in school and on the bus. Within the school day students should not be texting, taking pictures and/or using their phones in any other ways. Occasionally there will be times that students are here for various reasons after school. During these times they may be permitted to contact you as necessary.
If a student is caught using their phone in school or on the school bus it will be taken from them and you will be asked to come pick it up from the school at a convenient time for the school district. Additionally the district will not be responsible for lost, stolen or broken devices.
There are various reasons why we ask you to cooperate and reiterate this message to your child or children at home. One of the most prevalent issues right now with student cell phone use is their lack of ability to use it in an appropriate manner. The most common misuse is taking pictures, videos, SOCIAL MEDIA apps, etc. that make other students uncomfortable and in turn may lead to various other issues (i.e. harassment, intimidation, bullying and/or police involvement).
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.