From the Principal's Desk - October 28th, 2016

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From the Principal's Desk
Earlier this week I was privileged to join nine of my Newton colleagues at the Responsive Classroom Leadership Conference in Washington D.C.  It was a great opportunity to hear about ways to move ahead in our work on becoming a Responsive School.  While it is exciting to see how far our school has progressed, I want to continue to examine Responsive Classroom strategies that can be valuable in our work.  For next steps, I will be working with our aides and substitute teachers while classroom teachers are conferencing on our next early release Thursday.  Along with some members of our leadership team, we will lead a workshop on the power of our words so that support staff can better understand the theory behind positive language and gain some practice using this language.  I know this staff will find the information helpful in keeping their language compatible with that of our teachers.
 
Technology and Your Child
On Friday, November 4, please join me for a Parent Coffee to get an overview of an upcoming lesson for 5th grade students on Social Networking and their Digital Footprint. We will meet in our library at 8:30 AM.  This presentation includes an overview of social networking sites, why people use them, and the rules for their use.  In addition, in this lesson students will review what they should and shouldn't do if they feel that they, or a classmate, are being bullied online. Learning about Responsible Digital Citizenship and maintaining their Digital Footprint will also be covered.  Following the lesson preview, parents/guardians will get tips for home, including recommendations for websites and books.
I hope you can join Missy Costello, Ward's Instructional Technology Specialist, and me for this informational meeting and discussion.
 
Halloween Reminder
* Keep it simple.  Students should carry their costumes to school and be able to dress themselves.
* Costumes should be kid-friendly, not frightening. No toy weapons are allowed.
* Do not bring colored hair spray to school.  
* Children (and adults) should not wear masks.  We need to be able to identify all students quickly.
Thank you for your cooperation.
 
This is a reminder that there is no supervision before 8:20.  For everyone's safety, please arrange for your child to arrive at school as close to 8:20 as possible.
 
Audrey Parad Peller
Principal