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Skyview to Participate in "Start with Hello Week" 9/24-9/28

Start with Hello week is organized by the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation. This program enables students to make a difference with their peers in a simple, fun, and impactful way by encouraging them to take small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and inclusion, and to identify and help others who are showing signs of social isolation.During the week of September 24–28th, 2018, hundreds of schools and youth organizations across the United States will participate in Start With Hello Week and promotes teaching students, grades 2–12, the skills they need to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness, and encourage them to reach out to and include those who may be dealing with chronic social isolation.

How will Skyview participate in Start with Hello week?

The goal for our school community during this week will be to focus on greeting others and including others in conversations and activities.

On Friday, September 21st

  • Teachers on bus duty will hand out “smile” stickers to students who participate in a morning greeting while entering the building (saying good morning or hello)

  • During morning announcements, Mrs. Gorla will explain why students received these stickers and the importance of “saying hello”

During the Week of September 24 - 28th

  • Staff are asked to recognize (by filling out pillarific slips) students for CARING (including others, engaging in polite conversation, etc.)

  • Monday morning announcements (9/24) will include a brief explanation of “start with hello”

  • Conversation Starters (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) - at the conclusion of announcements, students will pair up (with a different person each day; ideally someone they don’t typically talk with) to complete a quick “conversation starter.”

  • Friday, September 28th - Homerooms will complete a group brainstorm “How do we work to include others”

  • The “smile” sticker initiative will continue - there will be “random” days that students earn stickers for greetings; seeking to reinforce the habit of a polite greeting.

Morning Drop-Off

Please remember that students should remain in cars until 8:30 a.m. when being dropped off in the morning. Supervision is not available prior to the start of the school day. Many thanks to everyone for being responsive to our School Officer, Officer Tom Momme as he and the teachers on duty work diligently to maintain safety in this area. Thank you for pulling up in line to drop off and not "pulling around" other cars.

Safety Drill Reminder - Tuesday, September 25th

On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, the Skyview/Arcola campus will participate in a Lockdown DRILL where a “run, hide, fight” protocol will be utilized. Staff will follow the security procedures in our emergency guidelines as they guide our students through the drill.

The key components to a successful drill are to have the students and staff out of sight and silent during the drill or, if certain sections of the building are free of an intruder(s), staff and students will be quietly evacuating the building to a designated area outside of the school.

Students will be made aware of the drill one day in advance via an announcement and again when the drill begins. Our purpose is to communicate our safety procedures to staff and students and have them practice the drill together.

We will gather feedback to make sure we have the most effective procedures in place as we continue to work with local and state agencies.

Upcoming Events

September 24-28 - Start With Hello Week

October 4 - Book Fair Starts (through October 11)

October 5 - Walk-a-Thon

October 12 - In-Service; No School for students