Whitley Road Elementary School

Week 16, December 14 - 18, 2015

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Monday, 12/14

3:30 - TAIS Meeting in Library

Tuesday, 12/15

Wednesday, 12/16

Amy @ Principal Mtg

SIT Meetings

3:30 - TAIS Meeting in Library

Thursday, 12/17

Amy - Admin in AM

Fire Drill

Holiday Program 8:30 - 7:30

Friday, 12/18

Early Release - see schedule below

Message from Mrs. Erb...

As we wind down to the break...please remember that there are different beliefs and traditions in our country...and many right here within our own school. As an employee of Keller ISD, know your boundaries as it relates to this sensitive subject.


Friday's parent concern - "Furthermore, I also object to usage of the term Christmas. Not everyone celebrates Christmas & this is not considerate of everyone's traditions and beliefs. Holiday party would've been much more suitable."


I've included part of the AR below, in case you are interested.

Administrative Regulation EHBK(R1)

It is the belief of Keller ISD that the recognition of holidays provides a life application opportunity for developing cultural awareness and appreciation. Therefore, the following guidelines have been developed to outline expected practices in alignment with this philosophy while maintaining compliance with state and federal law. Holidays are any event that is recognized as an annual state, national or religious holiday including but not limited to Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Winter religious/customary celebrations (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, etc.), Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day. This does not supersede those holiday observances required by Board policy.

Instruction:

  • Instruction and activities related to holidays must be in alignment with district curriculum.
  • Literature selections must be varied to provide an appreciation for various holiday cultures and customs.
  • Personal beliefs should not interfere with providing a comprehensive appreciation for other cultural practices or beliefs.
  • School-wide holiday experiences not aligned with the curriculum should not impede instructional time for more than 1 hour/week.
  • Instruction involving holidays should remain neutral in nature without direct evidence of religious preferences.
  • Holiday related field trips are not permissible. All field trips must align with the regulation guidelines regarding field trips.
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From your Assistant Principal

Fire Drill

· December 17th.

LPAC Training:

· Yearly LPAC training will be re-scheduled to after Winter break, due to amount of meetings that are scheduled this month. Our LPAC meeting will be on January 7th.

Walkie-Talkies

· We received 10 walkie-talkies. Each team leader received a walk-talkie, along with Janie, Amy, STACC, PE and I. Teachers, your team leaders were trained on how to use them; however, if you do have the walkie-talkies for any reason, please make sure to use them for emergency situations only (code blue, extreme violent outbursts, playground emergencies, etc.) Our channel is 6. You can communicate with any of us on this channel. Please see me if you need me to clarify anything.

SITs

· SIT day Wednesday, December 16th.

Are you boiling?

Thank you, Cindy Jalovec, for responding to the 212 degree video!