Groundhog Gazette

Amity Elementary - Home of the Groundhogs

March 2018

From the Desk of Mrs. Uhlorn

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),


I hope this email finds you well. I am welcoming the sunshine and warmer weather. We are quickly approaching the fourth quarter and the end of the year! With that being said there are a few procedural things I want to make you aware of.


OPEN ENROLLMENT


After spring break I will be meeting with the Area Directors to discuss enrollment projections and staffing numbers. I know this can be a stressful time for families as they wait to find out if they will be accepted for the following year. If you want more information about how open enrollment works in the Boise School District please reference Board Policy number 3113. If you ever have questions about this please do not hesitate to email or call.


SAFETY


Due to recent events in our nation's schools our emergency response team has been working hard to determine further safety measure we can take at Amity Elementary. We are asking for your help, please make sure you sign in at the front office where you will be given a badge. This allows us to know who is in our building in the event of an emergency. If you do not have a badge you may be approached by a staff member asking you to sign in, do not be offended, we are taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of all in our building.


CLASS PLACEMENTS


Like last year I will open up class placement requests starting after spring break. Please know I am not asking you to give me a specific teacher's name, instead I would like to know how your child learns best, we will then make placement decisions based on your input, current teacher input, and principal input. Thank you for your efforts on this, more information will come out in the next newsletter.


LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY


Lastly, we did an amazing job as a community with the Toys for Tots program, I wanted to keep the momentum of giving back going. This month we will focus our efforts on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We had a kick-off assembly last week to get our students excited. Our school goal is $750, however, I think we can surpass this goal!



Thank you ahead of time for your continued support of the Amity community and public education. I appreciate every one of you and your children!


Sincerely,


Valerie Uhlorn

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Kindergarten Registration

Please see the flyer above for important information regarding Kindergarten Registration.

A few key points to remember:


Amity's registration starts at 4:00 and ends at 5:30. If you arrive before 4:00, please line up outside the front entrance in the designated location.


If you have filled out the registration paperwork online, you and your child must still attend registration so that your child can be screened. If you applied online but received an email from the school noting that you are missing paperwork, you can either bring that in anytime before March 8th or during registration.


Packets are available in the office. Filling out the paperwork early will save you time on March 8th. You will need to bring your child's birth certificate, immunizations and proof of residency.

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2017-18 Amity Yearbook Orders

Amity's yearbooks can only be ordered online by clicking here. Orders are due by March 13th.
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Check-In Required

Just a reminder that, anytime you visit Amity Elementary, no matter your destination or how long you'll be in the school, you must sign in at the office and obtain a visitor's badge. While you are on campus, either inside or outside, your visitor's badge must be visible at all times. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our school safe.

Go Further With Food

“Go Further with Food” is the message for this year’s National Nutrition Month celebrated during the month of March. Making healthy food choices throughout the day can help students concentrate better on school work, have more energy for after-school activities, and generally make them feel better! Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated. Three basic guidelines according the the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics are #1 Emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products, #2 Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts, and #3 Minimize saturated fats, trans fats, salt (sodium), and added sugars. By just keeping these 3 guidelines in mind, Americans will be well on their way to optimal health.

Locally, the Boise School District Food & Nutrition Department is celebrating National Nutrition Month with special events. On March 2nd, we will be serving Green Egg Pops at all elementary sites in honor of Dr. Seuss Day. We will also be offering a new flavor station to allow students the option to season their eggs with a variety of flavors! During National School Breakfast Week (March 5th-9th), all grade levels will be participating in the School Nutrition Association’s Campaign, “I Heart School Breakfast.” We welcome students to try new breakfast items offered during this week; participants will be eligible for some fantastic prizes!

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Construction Update

Construction on the new Amity Elementary is moving right along. Windows are in on the east wing, and they'll be going in on the west wing soon. Next week, the roof will be added to the gym, cafeteria and kitchen. Sheetrock is being put in to the east wing and inside walls are being added to the admin areas and the west classrooms.
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From the Counselor

Personal Safety

Does your student know what to do to stay safe?


Across Amity, students are learning how to stay safe. Over the recent weeks and continuing in the upcoming weeks, students have been engaging in lessons regarding many different aspects of personal safety. The personal safety lessons center on gun safety, understanding what a tricky person is, body safety and digital safety.


If you would like to engage in a conversation with your child regarding your house rules, the following are rules they have learned so far or will be learning in the following weeks.


For gun safety, students are taught to never touch a gun. It is hard to tell the difference between a real gun and a fake gun at times. It is better to be safe than sorry. If there are guns in the house, they should be locked up and children should never be touching them. The rules are: Stop, Don’t Touch, Leave the Area and Tell a Grown Up.


For Tricky People, students learn it is important to be careful around strangers because we do not know them. However, there are times when we will have to ask for help from a stranger. If students get separated from their parent or adult in public, they may need to approach someone they do not know. If that is the case, they should look for a parent with a child, a teacher, a police officer, a store cashier or clerk, etc. A stranger can be a tricky person, but so can a person your student already knows. Students have learned that a tricky person is someone who asks another person to do something they know they are not supposed to do. A tricky person gives your child the “uh oh” feeling. Students are being taught to trust their instincts and feelings and if something doesn't feel right, they should find a trusted adult and tell them the problem. The rule is: No, Go, Tell.


Students are learning about body safety. They know that their body belongs to them and nobody can touch it without their permission. They have learned that there are three types of touch: okay touch, confusing touch and not okay or unwanted touch. Okay touch is a touch that is wanted and welcome. It can be a hug, a high five, a hand shake, etc. A confusing touch is a touch that gives mixed feelings, it may give the “uh oh” feeling like something's not right. Examples of this may be an unwanted hug or kiss from a family member or close family friend, or even a parent when the child is upset. Confusing touch can also be when someone attempts to touch private parts. Students know there are times they may need help from a parent or doctor when they are young or are sick. Unwanted touch is a touch that you don’t like or hurts. These touches include hitting, pinching, kicking, shoving and touching of private parts. When we talk about body safety and touching, there are a few rules we share with all students. Students are encouraged to come up with a network of trust. This will include about five trusting adults in their lives that they know they can trust to tell if they experience a confusing or not okay touch. Students also know they are allowed to tell an adult or another child “no thank you” for any touch, even a friendly hug. If something happens, they are encouraged to firmly say NO, Go away from the area and Tell one or multiple trusted adults. They also know they are to tell over and over until something is done about it. When having conversations about touch and the body, remember to use the anatomically correct verbiage when referring to private parts. This may help your child stay safe and report concerns to an adult in a way they understand.


Lastly, students are learning about digital safety and the footprint that is left behind by their use of computers, cell phones, etc. Remember when students are at home to have their digital devices in a common area with controls set. Students are smart and can easily get to areas they are not supposed to go. If this is a foreign task for your family, find support from a friend who is digitally savvy. Social networks have guidelines about children being 13 or older. If you have chosen as a family to allow social networking, make sure your student knows you will be monitoring their use often. Students know that anytime another student targets them, whether it be via text message, email, or any of the various social media apps or sites, they are to save the messages and take it directly to one of their trusted adults for help. Something that would be considered a small problem in person (a problem they can solve on their own), automatically becomes a big problem (a problem to be shared with an adult) due to the ability for the content of the messages to be lasting. Students know that once something has been typed and posted in digital format, it lasts forever. For this reason, they are taught to trust adults and go to them for help.


This is a lot of information for personal safety. Remember to talk openly with your children about the rules and values in your house. Our goal is to normalize these conversations to keep all students safe in real life and online. If you would like more information or are seeking developmentally appropriate materials to facilitate these conversations, feel free to contact me at randi.brattin@boiseschools.org I would be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.