School Newsletter for Parents
Week of October 29
We want you to know that we paused for a moment on Monday morning to reflect on and learn from the unfortunate events of last week and this past weekend. In stark contrast to the violence committed against "others," we asked students to think about the value that all people have, regardless of their differences. We asked them to choose their words and actions carefully because the things they say and do can hurt people. We asked them to stand up for one another (to be an Upstander) because we believe that the collective force of caring and kindhearted students can help us create the safe, welcoming, and inclusive school culture that we value.
We asked them to think about the meaning of the last words of The Pledge of Allegiance that we recite each day: "...with liberty and justice for all" and to regard the word "all" quite literally.
School is supposed to be a special place, and we try to ensure that it is a bit sheltered and insulated from the outside. Our standards and expectations, for example - for technology use, language, conduct, dress, etc. - are a bit narrower than students' lives outside of the building. And yet the issues and problems of the adult world sometimes encroach so significantly on the world in which the school exists, we cannot ignore them. So, as an institution of learning, and as a small measure of honor to the victims of these tragedies, we try to turn them into teachable moments. We humbly hope that our efforts today fostered some learning and healing.
Have a safe, peaceful, and happy week.
Caring Connected Community - Update
Being a caring connected community member means caring for one's self as well as others. Last week saw two successful caring campaigns:
Red Ribbon Week
Students were able to showing caring for themselves through participation in Red Ribbon Week. Locker Flyers were decorated, Red Ribbon Week bracelets and Care Hearts bracelets were handed out...all in support of the campaign to promote a healthy life: "My life is a journey, so I'll travel drug free.
Kids Care Food drive
The food drive totals are in. Congratulations to the Jigsaw team on winning the team-based competition and to 7th grade for topping the grade-level collection total. Most importantly, thank you to all families who supported the food drive last week. So many families will be helped fro the kindness and generosity of the Attea community. Thank you!!
Here are the happy totals:
Student Opportunity: Glenview's Got STEAM
The workshops are completely free and will alternate between Glenbrook South High School and the Glenview Library. The next workshop will be at Glenview Public Library on Thursday, November 1st from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Attea students are invited to participate. Each session is limited to the first 20 people that sign up (sessions fill fast so we encourage students to sign up early). More information including the application for the the sessions can be found here. Questions about Glenview's Got STEAM can be directed to GlenviewsGotSTEAM@gmail.com.
The end of Trimester 1 (at Thanksgiving) represents a first step in establishing qualifying credentials for the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). After 2nd Trimester, all students with a cumulative grade point average will receive an informational letter regarding National Junior Honor Society.
The NJHS GPA eligibility threshold is 3.85. Students who meet the GPA requirements will be asked to complete an activities application form and a qualifying essay. The requirements indicated on the activities application include the following:
- Regular attendance in a total of THREE sports, activities or clubs in this school year. (The sports, activities, or clubs can be done inside or outside of school.)
- FOUR hours of service that were completed during this school year. (These service hours could be volunteering or helping a teacher in school or helping in your community.)
- Candidates who meet all expectations will be invited along with their parents to be guests at the formal induction ceremony at the end of the year.
With Halloween coming up and plans likely underway to buy or make a costume, we thought it would be helpful to share the school's costume guidelines.
We always look forward to seeing students’ creative costumes. The middle schools will host our Halloween activities on Wednesday, October 31st. In order to promote a safe and respectful environment, here is a reminder about costume guidelines.
- Face/body make-up along with hair coloring are welcome, but they must be applied at home, prior to coming to school. Students may not bring hair coloring or make up to apply at school or to share with others.
- Masks may not be worn during the school day.
- Props should not be brought to school.
- Costumes need to be consistent with our dress standards. Specifically, costumes should respect the dignity and sensitivities of all groups of people.
- They should avoid representations that are inappropriately provocative, excessively violent, or that contain references to drugs or alcohol.