A reminder that this is a short week as there will be no school for students on Thursday, October 25 and Friday, October 26. Our staff will engage in professional development all day Thursday and for a half day on Friday; the remainder of Friday is reserved for records keeping as tomorrow, Wednesday, October 24, marks the end of the first quarter of the school year.
Your child’s teacher should be reaching out this week with a sign-up for Parent-Teacher Conferences that will be held on Tuesday, November 6. More information on Parent-Teacher Conferences, and your child’s upcoming report card, will be shared in next week’s newsletter.
There are two announcements for this week’s electronic Take Home Tuesday: a flyer announcing Janney Night at Chick-fil-a tomorrow, Wednesday, October 24; and, a flyer announcing Movie Night on Friday, November 2. THT Tuesday, October 23.
Finally, please note that we have received multiple reports of cars doing u-turns on Albemarle after leaving the Janney drop-off line. Please be respectful of other drives – and our neighbors – and follow all traffic laws during school hours.
I look forward to seeing many of you at our annual Halloween parade on Wednesday, October 31st.
Included in this week’s newsletter: information about Halloween parade; and, our student support services column from our school counselors, Lisa Oakley and Cydney Lewis.
The Halloween parade will begin at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, 10/31. Children are expected to bring their costumes to school and will be allowed to change 15 minutes prior to the parade. A gentle reminder that students are not allowed to wear costumes that promote violence or bring materials that look like weapons. Classroom parties will follow the parade. As Wednesday, 10/31 is a full school day, we intend to maintain a normal school day prior to 1:00 pm. Thank you for your support and cooperation.
Parade route: All classes will report to their Jamboree spots by 1:30 pm. This year, homerooms will be called over the microphone to walk 2×2 down the middle of the field or “runway” from the Jamboree stage side to the opposite gate. Classes will then proceed out the back gate, circle around the blacktop, through the concrete on the atrium side, and back to their Jamboree spot. Classes are encouraged to do a brisk walk without stopping for pictures, and parents will be encouraged to take candid pictures on the field, reserving more posed pictures for classroom parties. After the parade, classes will be dismissed to the building (oldest first) for classroom parties. If you have a child in PK or K, your child’s teacher will communicate the class Jamboree spot before next Wednesday, 10/31.
Student Support Services Column
We are continuing to talk about our anti-bullying efforts in our guidance classes this week and although we’ll move to other topics in our classes next month, we will continue to work on the strategies and lessons that we’ve learned. One issue that has come up especially in the older grades is that some students don’t always want to tell an adult about any bullying behavior that is happening because they don’t want to be a “tattle” or “snitch.” We talked about the difference between “tattling” and “reporting.” We looked at tattling as something that is done with the intention of getting someone else in trouble; reporting, on the other hand, is done with the intention of preserving one’s safety or the safety of others. We used the example of witnessing an accident and having to report something to the police to get help. If children see or experience bullying and it does not stop by ignoring the behavior or standing up to it, then it’s important that they let an adult know; it also helps prevent others from being targeted. For more information about anti-bullying strategies and initiatives please visit www.stompoutbullying.org and https://www.stopbullying.gov
We were impressed by the sea of blue on our Blue Shirt Day last week! The 3rd-5th grade classes also filled out a class quiz and have turned those in. The class with the best quiz score and most blue shirts will win a prize – announced on Monday!
Lisa Oakley, School Counselor
Cydney Lewis, School Counselor