February 17, 2017
Our Flight Pattern
Attendance Line: (513) 686-1756
Thank you to all of the Carnival volunteers! Your efforts made the Greene School Carnival a great experience for our students!!
IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
February 20 - No School - Presidents' Day
February 24 - Sycamore Electric Ensemble Concert 7:00 pm @ Sycamore High School
February 28 - Academic Fair for Rising 7th Graders 7:00 pm @ Sycamore Junior High
March 1 - PTO Meeting 10:30 am in Greene Media Center
Rising seventh grade scheduling packets will be mailed to families Wednesday of next week. The mailing contains detailed directions on how to complete the scheduling process as well as information about the Academic Fair night on Feb. 28, 2017.
Margaret Peterson Haddix came to the Greene School this week! Students heard a presentation on how she developed ideas for her books. They were able to ask questions about their favorite book during the Q&A session.
More Virtual Learning
Students on the Purple Team were able to try their hand on our Virtual Reality System. Students explored cells from the inside. They learned different information based on which of the seven locations they selected.
Soup'er Bowl Winner
One thing that makes the Greene School so special is our amazing staff! Our staff participated in a spirited competition to see who could make the best soup. Mrs. Asher won the coveted Golden Can Opener Award for her buffalo chicken soup!
More Virtual Learning
Order Your Yearbook Today!
Last week you received a yearbook order information sheet in the green folder. Orders will be done completely online and the order deadline date is Friday, February 24th. Go to https://ybpay.lifetouch.com. School ID code: 1592717. Yearbooks are $17 this year.
There were also questions about Fall Sports at the JH. Here are the sports for students next year:
Boy's and Girl's Soccer- Tryouts begin Tuesday Aug. 1st
Girl's Volleyball- Open Gyms July 25th, 27th, 31st. Tryouts begin Tuesday Aug. 1st
7th and 8th Grade Football- Monday July 31st
Cross Country- Tuesday Aug. 1st
Boy's and Girl's Golf- Tryouts begin Tuesday Aug. 1st
Girl's Tennis- Tryouts begin Tuesday Aug. 1st
Cheer- Tryouts will take place in May. Practice starts Tuesday Aug. 1st
Past students and parents of Mrs. Sarah Sheblessy (second grade teacher at Blue Ash Elementary), can you believe Mrs. Sheblessy will be retiring at the end of this school year?
We would love your help in giving her a final present of writing a thank you note for being a wonderful teacher and mentor. We are also requesting photo submissions of you with Mrs. Sheblessy during your teaching/learning experience with her.
Please turn in your notes and/or pictures in one of the following ways. A) Turn in to the main office at your school by Friday, March 10th. B) Email your letter and/or digital or scanned picture to Michelle Shade (email below) by Friday, March 10th. This will give us enough time to assemble a nice book for Mrs. Sheblessy. Remember, this is a SURPRISE!
Thank you for your help.
If you have questions, feel free to contact:
Michelle Shade (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Amy Chima (email@example.com)
Know! The Not-So-Innocent Side of Teen Romance
The month of February is known as a time of “love,” when secret-admirers and Valentines of all ages express their affection for one another through candy hearts, red roses and love letters. In sharp contrast however, February has also become known as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, to focus attention on abuse in young people’s relationships and provide information to help prevent it.
Are you among the 81% of moms and dads who don’t think dating violence is an issue among our teens and tweens? The fact is, one in three girls in the U.S. will become a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. Young ladies between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, but even our middle school children are at risk, with abusive behaviors often beginning as early as 12-years-old.
Violent relationships in adolescence place youth at a greater likelihood for making other hazardous life-choices as well, which oftentimes lead to substance abuse, eating disorders and risky sexual behaviors. Furthermore, a teen subjected to dating abuse in high school is at increased risk for becoming a victim again in college.
It is critical to know that this is as much an issue for sons as it is for daughters. First of all, young men are not immune to becoming victims of dating abuse. And young men - as well as young women - need to learn what a healthy relationship is, and what it is not (and it is up to us to define that for them).
It is easy to assume our children would come to us, but they may not. The far majority of teen dating violence victims, 77%, keep it quiet and do not tell a single person. For the other 23%, that “someone” they do tell is not always mom or dad or even an adult.
One of the reasons victims give for not telling an adult is that they fear they will not be believed or taken seriously. As the parent, we want to take steps to build trust and encourage communication, including:
- Talking with your child about healthy “romantic” relationships, before there is an issue
- If your child comes to you with a “boyfriend/girlfriend” problem, take them seriously and believe them
- Listen attentively, be supportive and understanding
- Do NOT be judgmental and do NOT put down their partner
- Avoid telling them what to do, but rather guide them in the right direction (unless they are in danger, in which case you should take immediate action, including contacting local law enforcement)
- Additionally, you can refer your son or daughter to loveisrespect.org for helpful and relatable teen dating tips and information
As for parents, we are not guaranteed the opportunity of being able to step in if an issue arises, so we must be aware of the warning signs of our child being in an unhealthy “relationship.” They include:
- Your child’s excessive communication with their “partner” via text, social media or in person
- Your son or daughter becomes depressed or anxious
- Extracurricular activities get put on the back-burner or come to a halt altogether
- Your child’s partner is extremely jealous or possessive
- They begin to dress differently
- They have mood swings beyond what is expected among teens
- They stop spending time with their friends
Regular and ongoing, positive communication with our children will help to build and strengthen a trusting relationship and increase the likelihood of them coming to us in times of need. The topic of healthy relationships should be a part of the communication that begins early, ideally, long before an issue might develop. In our next tip, we’ll give you talking points to share with your child to help define healthy relationships and the importance of mutual respect.
Sources: CDC - Injury Prevention & Control : Division of Violence Prevention – Teen Dating Violence. LoveIsRespect.org: Dating Abuse Statistics. LoveIsRespect.org: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
Visit starttalking.ohio.gov to get the conversation going !!!