January | Bobcat Breeze
January 18, 2021
All kids, and adults, know that no two people, or families, are exactly alike. But do they all accept and appreciate this? Respecting people’s differences is the first step in becoming a responsible citizen. You can nurture your child’s respect for diversity when you:
are a positive role model. Kids are naturally open-minded. When parents show respect for others, through actions and words, children imitate them. Let your child know that while people can be different from one another, they also have a lot in common.
learn about other people by leaving your “comfort zone.” Try a new food. Read books, listen to podcasts, or shows about other ways of life. Watch an age-appropriate movie that gives your child a peek at another culture.
Speak openly about diversity issues; be sure to correct any stereotyping with kid-friendly explanations. It’s normal for your child to notice differences. They’re fascinating and amazing!
As always, I know that behind every child's online screen there's a loved one making sure they succeed.
Bobcats of the Week
GATE Parent Advisory Committee
Thursday, Jan. 21st, 1:30-2:30pm
This is an online event.
Join us to discuss the GATE program and how you can better support your child's unique needs.
Help Your Middle Schooler Evaluate Online Information:
Students (and adults) get much of their news from online sources. But today, many of those sources present only one-sided information. It’s harder than ever to tell the difference between unbiased information about a product and a website created to advertise that product. And some sites pretend to be news sites, but are actually trying to promote a particular point of view.
A Stanford study shows that most students can’t tell the difference between a news story and an ad. They also don’t know how to tell a real news site from one that presents a slanted view of an issue.
Talk with your child about the importance of verifying whether an online source is reliable. Encourage him to:
Follow links. Does the link lead to a trustworthy news source? Or does it go to a site that offers only one point of view?
Read more. Sometimes an article will take one sentence from another source out of context. Read the original source for clarification.
Look for hidden ads. An article containing the phrase “sponsored content” isn’t news. It’s an ad.
Check the date. A source from 2005 could contain accurate material about ancient Greece. However, information about today’s economy would require a more recent source.
Source: Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning, Stanford University History Education Group, niswc.com/mid_evaluate.
Reporting an Absence:
Our absence reporting line is operational twenty-four hours a day, so you can call 909-984-5618 option 3 anytime. Absences must be reported before 9:15 A.M. As you leave a message via voice mail, please include the following information:
Student's name, please be sure to spell the last name.
Length of absence.
Reason for absence.
OMSD Family And Collaborative Services (FCS) - Mental Health
Therapists at FCS are committed to serving the OMSD community by providing FREE mental health services to your child. The therapists at FCS teach coping skills that are appropriate for your child’s developmental and emotional milestones. FCS extends their mental health services to parents and guardians to offer emotional support and understanding.
For more information or if you are interested in mental health services for your child, contact our main office at 909-984-5618 and ask about information about FCS-Mental Health. Our designated school representative will be happy to complete a referral to determine if mental health services at FCS are suitable for your child. Additional referrals may be suggested and/or offered if there is a higher need.
Modified Office Operations: Stay at Home Order
In light of Governor Newsom Stay at Home Order for all counties in the state of California under the Purple Tier of California’s Blueprint for Safer Economy, all OMSD school sites and district offices will remain physically closed until further notice.
If you need assistance, or to report an absence please call 909-984-5618 or email email@example.com to connect with someone who can assist you. You can also leave us a message and someone will respond in a timely matter. The health and safety of our community is our top priority.