Family Newsletter April 23 , 2021
Dear StepUP Families,
We have been so excited to have our middle school and high school students back to their full schedules! It has been so great to be able to see our students in our classes doing some really fun projects and working hard at learning new skills.
Please remember that next week, Wednesday is a full schedule (just like Monday, Tuesday and Thursday's schedule). This is because there is no school on Friday for our secondary students because of conferences.
Please continue to reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you,
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
- April 28 - NO EARLY RELEASE (same schedule as M, T, Th, F for all students)
- April 29 & 30 - Middle School, High School and Transition Conferences
- April 30 - No School Secondary & Transition - Conferences
- May 10th - StepUP Virtual Community Resource Fair Launch!
- May 31 --No School - Memorial Day
- June 2 - NO EARLY RELEASE (same schedule as M, T, Th, F for all students)
- June 9 - Last Day for Transition
- June 16 - NO EARLY RELEASE (same schedule as M, T, Th, F for all students)
- June 17 - Last Day Kindergarten through 11th grade
COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND HAPPENINGS
Several summer camps have contacted us that they plan to be open for outdoor activities this summer! The ones we've heard from include: Portland Parks & Rec, Tualatin Hills Parks & Rec, Camp Yakety-Yak, Camp Odakoda and ACAP.
For a listing of more summer camps to check and see if they plan to open, please go to our "Sports & Camps" listings on the ASO Resource Directory at LINK.
Redmond School Board Candidate Information - see below
A series of seven candidate forums for positions on the local ballot for the May election. These virtual forums are FREE to the public.
List of candidate filings for the May 2021 Special District Election
NEWS FROM OUR CLASSROOMS
A great way to practice geography is to complete a puzzle! Our student in the 7up classroom completed a puzzle of the United States.
Pictures in the garden
How do I sign up for text updates from Redmond School District?
Safe touch- child abuse prevention
This week we have been teaching lessons from the Safe Touch curriculum to students in grades K-5, unless you opted your student out. Safe Touch is a sexual abuse prevention curriculum that teaches children to recognize the difference between okay and not okay touches, how to say “No,” and who to go to for help. If you would like to further the conversation with your student at home, here are some tips for talking about personal safety:
Find opportunities to talk about personal safety. These conversations can lead to covering important concepts like recognizing different kinds of touches. You might explain that safe touches make you feel well-cared for and loved, like a hug from a parent, while unsafe touches make you feel uncomfortable. Help them recognize safe and unsafe situations
Create a family safety plan. Help your child identify safe adults they can call if they ever need help, and make sure they have all the right contact information.
Practice safety skills. Try role-playing or asking “What if” questions to give your child a chance to practice skills such as how to refuse unwanted touch. Your child could practice using assertive phrases like: “Stop. I don’t like that.”
Let them know it’s never their fault. When you teach them that it’s never okay to keep secrets about touching and it’s never their fault if someone touches them inappropriately, they’re more likely to tell.