Jag News

April 2018

Welcome Back

Welcome Back from Spring Break!

This last quarter is full of excitement, learning, and hard work for all of the kids. In April, students in grades 3-6 will be taking the ISAT test. This test requires stamina. Please make sure that your child gets a little extra rest before his/her testing dates if possible. The schedule for the test in posted in the button below.

In May, we have two exiting events. We will be having our end of year picnic on May 17th! We also will celebrate Grace Jordan's 10-Year Anniversary on May 30th! We look forward to sharing these fun events with our students and families.

Physical Examination for 6th Grade Students Entering 7th Grade

Students moving onto 7th grade need to schedule a physical exam after May 1, 2018 and must be completed prior to the start of 7th grade. Students will also need two immunization shots (T-Dap/MCV4) prior to the start of 7th grade.

Jaguar Joggers and Girls with Grace

Jaguar Joggers and Girls with Grace Running Clubs both begin this month. Students will be running from 3:30 - 4:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays after school every week until May 19th where they will run together in the Great Potato Race. If you are interested in having our child join, please contact Lindsy Thomas or Amie Escalante.

Officer Gomez Shares Thoughts About Bullying

Over the past few weeks I have had conversations with parents and the community about bullying. I wanted to share a recent post that addresses the issue of bullying vs. a peer/social conflict. Officer Gomez, a resource officer in Ada County, recently posted information regarding the difference between bullying and social conflict on his Facebook Page that we wanted to share. Here is an excerpt from his post.

"Definition: Bullying = Repeated one way harassment of any kind.

Repeated = More than one time. If someone calls your child a name in the hallway one time it is not considered bullying.

One Way = If your child participated in any way in any part of the events or disagreement this becomes social conflict.

Definition: Social Conflict = A disagreement stated or implied between two or more individuals. Social conflict if not handled properly can result in name calling, pushing, shoving, fighting, spreading rumors, and many other inappropriate behaviors.

Bullying is a term very often misused by kids and parents. The term bullying is often used when the actual interaction between the two parties is social conflict. Social conflict is part of every day life for kids and adults. If you do not teach your kid conflict resolution as a child they might grow up to be an adult and still not know how to resolve conflict. Adult road rage is a perfect example of not knowing how to deal with social conflict. As a parent you should actually welcome the opportunity to teach your child how to properly resolve social conflict."

Teachers, counselors, playground supervisors, behavior support specialist, as well as the rest of our staff are here to help students at Grace Jordan respond to all types of conflict on a daily basis. We enjoy working as a team with parents to help kids learn to resolve issues at school and are committed to help students respond to conflict that may occur.