Sept. 30, 2022
With the weather getting colder outside, please have students wear sweatshirts or jackets to school. Per the Student Handbook, students will be asked to go outside with a wind chill of 25 degrees or higher.
Students will be able to wear shorts until the beginning of Fall Break. Shorts will not be allowed again until May 1st. Parents will be called to bring in proper attire if these guidelines are not followed.
The Mobile Dentist will be coming November 21st. Forms are being sent home today. This is a great opportunity for students to see the dentist and not have to be signed out of school. If you are interested, please fill out the form and return it to school. Extra copies are in the elementary office.
Students can still enroll for Promise Indiana: Randolph County, and there is no better time than now!! Join now so your student can participate in Champion Week in October!
Theme: Bullying Prevention
Goal: How to Identify & Stand-Up to Bullying
In these first two weeks of Guidance Lessons, I've been educating each grade on how to identify bullying. While some of us might think that bullying is just being mean to someone, it is actually more specific than that. In order for something to officially be labeled as "bullying," the behavior must be repetitive, intentional, and there must be an imbalance of power between the aggressor and the target. When encountering someone else being bullied, we can react in one of two ways: we can be a bystander, or we can be an upstander. A bystander would stand-by and do nothing to stop the bullying, while an upstander would do something to intervene! When teaching students different ways to be upstanders, I always stress the importance of putting their own safety first. That is why the easiest, and safest thing to do to stop and report bullying is to always Tell a Trusted Grownup. This may include a school staff member or a trusted grownup at home. Another way to stand-up to bullying would be to Tell the Bully to Stop! While this might not always work, I often encourage the students to advocate for themselves and to let the bully know that what they are doing is wrong. After all, how would any of us know to stop bad behavior if we weren't told to "stop" first?! If this option doesn't work, I then encourage the students to default to the first strategy of notifying a trusted adult. One of the last ways I teach the students on how to stand-up to bullying is by Distracting the Bully. Let's say you saw an older student being mean to a much younger student on the playground, and you didn't know what to do. To distract the older student, or the "bully," you could walk up to them and ask them a random question, like "Did you go to the Tractor Pull this weekend?" This will distract the "bully" for just enough time for the younger student, or "target," to run away to safety. The "bully" might say to you, "Tractor Pull? I never went this weekend!" and you could simply reply, "My mistake, I thought you were someone else." and go on your way.
These are just some of the ways I educate the students on how to be Upstanders in our community. To learn more about bullying, head on over to www.stopbullying.gov. Also, try reading these books with your children!
- The Recess Queen, by Alexis O'Neill and Laura Huliska-Beith
- Nobody Knew What To Do: A Story About Bullying, by Becky Ray McCain
- My Secret Bully, by Trudy Ludwig
📆Dates To Remember.....
- 10/10 Parent/Teacher Conference 3:30pm to 7:30pm
- 10/11 Parent/Teacher Conference 12:30pm to 3:30pm
- 10/11 End of 1st 9 Weeks Grading Period
- 10/12 - 10/14 Fall Break - NO SCHOOL
- 10/17 No Shorts
- 10/21 5th Grade Incentive Trip
- 11/2 ELearning Day
- 11/9 Picture Re-Take Day
- 11/21 Mobile Dentist