William Tell Elementary

Parent Newsletter, September, 2016

Olweus Kickoff...Great Fun for All!

What Bullying is....and What It Is Not

According to Olweus, bullying is 1) Intentional, 2) Repeated, and 3) an Imbalance of Power. Not everything that occurs is bullying. No school can claim to be bully-free. We work with children, and children (like adults) learn from mistakes. Here is the difference:

1) Rough Play: Usually friends, balance of power, no intent to harm.

2) Real Fighting: Usually not friends, balance of power relatively equal, intentional harm.

3) Bullying: Typically not friends, unequal power, intentional harm.

What you can do if you see someone being bullied (as shared with students):

  • Tell an adult.
  • Don't laugh.
  • Try to get the person being bullied to come play with or sit by you.
  • Don't do what you have seen the bully do.
  • Try to include the child being bullied in your activities.
  • Help the person being bullied by taking them away from where the bully is.
  • Tell the bully to stop.

Thank you for understanding that not every incident is bullying. We put great effort into discussing how to treat people right in our attempts to educate children. Feel free to use these same strategies in the home. Together, we are better!

Kindergarten Social Thursday, Sept. 1

We wish to welcome our kindergarten families with a social on the beautiful kindergarten playground Thursday, September 1, from 5-6:30 p.m. We will enjoy hot dogs, chips, oranges, cookies, and a drink. Bring the whole family and get to know other William Tell Elementary families. Rain date will be Tuesday, September 6.
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Marksmen Matters - Thursday, September 1st from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, WTE Library

We have struggled with attendance at PTO meetings--and we understand completely how busy people are in the evenings. At the same time, the Indiana Department of Education wants schools to move away from traditional PTO organizations and do more family/school/community outreach, discussing topics very similar to what we cover in our Parent Advisory Board meetings. So, we're combining the two into Marksmen Matters! The Parent Advisory Board will run the open meetings much as we've done in the past. Feel free to attend and add to the discussion. Topics for

School Fundraiser Kickoff Sept. 2

Our Paragon fundraiser will begin with a school kickoff Wednesday, September 2. Sales will continue through September 15. Forms are due Wednesday, September 16. These funds pay for all field trips for students, special presentations like Silly Safari, and family events such as the Kindergarten Social, Fall Fest, Winter Carnival, and more! We even purchased t-shirts for each child last year for Christmas with remaining funds. Thank you for supporting our fundraiser!

School Pictures--Sept. 15, 16, 17, and 18

Tuesday, September 15: Daycare, Preschool, Kindergarten

Wednesday, September 16: 1st and 2nd

Thursday, September 17: 3rd and 4th

Friday, September 18: 5th and 6th

William Tell Elementary Collects Box Tops

Last year we shifted our focus to mainly collecting Box Tops for Education. We used the money collected to purchase school supplies for ALL students. This really helped cut down our supply list. We will be collecting BOX TOPS ONLY. Please continue to send them in with your child. We have fun classroom and grade level contests. Thank you, Mrs. Spinner, for coordinating!

myON Reader--FREE Books for Our Families!

myON Reader is funded through our 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. There are thousands of online books for students to read at no cost to you. There are some really great non-fiction books with incredible graphics. Your child's username and password is his/her lunch pin number. There is a read aloud feature and a word highlighter if needed. Log on and explore!

K-12 Digital Photo Contest

The Perry County Quality of Life committee is promoting a K-12 digital photo contest. The theme is Perry County: Love Where You Live! Watch for a flyer coming home this week! Students submit photos to: perrycountyqualityoflife@gmail.com. The winning student at each grade level receives a family "All Sports Pass" valued at $175!
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