Stribling Family Newsletter

October/November 2015

One Word to Start the Year

Best-selling authour and speaker, Jon Gordon, was invited to share with all the BISD to begin our school year. Although he has written many books on his own, one that her referenced that particular day was a book he co-authored entitled One Word. This is an amazing book that invites readers to rethink the idea of New Year's Resolutions and reframe their thoughts for the year into One Word. The belief is that with a focus upon one word, we will not become discouraged the first time we fall short of our resolution, but will maintain our focus on our desired destination for the end of the year by using our one word as an internal "GPS" to help us make adjustments when we may drift off course.

With Jon Gordon laying the foundation fo the year, our campus has chosen the word "fidelity" for this school year. We have talked about the word and looked at images that remind us of fidelity. We've even had conversations about what fidelity is not.

Our desire is to remain steadfastly committed (always faithful) to working together for a successful school year. We are committed to each other, to our students and families, and to the practices and strategies that will help each of us grow to be a little better tomorrow than we are today. By renewing our focus upon the Dimensions of Depth and Complexity, we believe that we are helping students and staff to make connections and think deeply.

Thank you for your support of our efforts to walk out fidelity throughout this school year! With January right around the corner... What will your One Word be for 2016?

Boosterthon is Coming -- Save the Date!

The Stribling PTO is partnering with Boosterthon for our Run for the Stars fun run this fall. As you will soon see, Boosterthon is about more than simply helping to raise funds to support our school. Their mission is to Change the World! This program will only be on campus for approximately two weeks, but it will educate and empower our students to make positive choices and develop healthy habits each day. Our kick-off Pep Rally (when the students will learn about the Boosterthon program) will take place on November 17 at 2:00 pm in our gym.; families are welcome if you would like to attend.

Be looking for more information about the daily "huddles." During these daily 10-minute meetings, students will learn the character lessons, do their daily exercises, and celebrate as they receive the daily prizes earned by raising funds.

We want everyone to Save the Date of December 3. This is when the Run for the Stars is scheduled to take place. More details will be shared soon, but know that there will be three separate sessions of the Run for the Stars on that day. Kindergarten and 1st grade will run at 11:30, 2nd and 3rd grades will run at 12:30, and 4th and 5th grades will run at 1:30. Because these times overlap with our lunch schedule, we will be offering a sack lunch option ONLY on this date. Families are welcome to pack a sack lunch for their student; the cafeteria will have sack lunches for purchase as well. Please help our cafeteria staff by returning the lunch pre-order form that will be sent home soon to ensure that we are prepared.

Boosterthon is Coming to Stribling!

2015-2016 Boosterthon Overview Video

Star Students

Our Stars recently began their quest to become Super Star Students as a part of our campus-wide introduction of PBIS—Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. PBIS gives the Stribling staff the chance to reinforce and reward the behaviors that make this a great place to learn.

Each student has been given a Super Star Punch Card, which they wear clipped to their shirt each day. As staff members see students demonstrating positive behavior around the campus, we use our Super Star Hole Punch to give them a star punch. When their card is full, students earn a trip to the office for congratulations and a small prize!

We've seen an increase is positive behavior all around campus, from the cafeteria, to the playground, to the hallways! Thank you for all you do to support your students in their quest to be recognized as Super Star Students!

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Nurse Lampley's Health Clinic

Should I Send My Child To School If….

  • she has vomited any time in the last 24 hours?

  • he has run a fever of 100.4 or higher at any point in the last 24 hours?

  • she has lice?

  • he a contagious rash?

  • she has been diagnosed with the flu?

  • he a boil or any other symptom of a staph infection?

  • she has drainage coming from the eye (such as with pink eye)?

The answer to every one of these questions is NO.

As your school nurse, it is my goal to keep each child healthy and in the classroom as much as possible. However, if your child is ill, he may put others at risk. Here at school, your child may come into contact with medically fragile children who could be severely incapacitated to the point of hospitalization if they contract even common illnesses.

Even as our children begin to feel better, they may still be contagious and could spread the germ or virus to other children who may not be able to fight it off as quickly. Additionally, a severe cough may prevent your child from grasping new concepts and may disrupt the learning of other children. Please be mindful of your child's learning environment and that of other children, and consult your pediatrician to know when your child is safe to return to school.

Please partner with us in stressing the importance of practicing good hygiene with your children, such as washing hands frequently, using a tissue to blow nose, and coughing or sneezing into the elbow instead of the hands. I want your child to be healthy! You can help by keeping your children at home when necessary and encouraging healthy habits all year.

(Click below to see a comical but informative video about hygienic coughing practices.)

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