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May 7, 2015 Thursday Parent Letter

May 7, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Happy Thursday!  We had a fun week with students learning about Cinco de Mayo, preparing for Mother’s Day, and our annual Queen & Prince Ball!  Our Engineering Zone has been electrifying with various investigations such as; students designing and building mazes to testing water filter systems.  There is so much excitement with hands-on learning adventures occurring everyday at GSTEMA it’s difficult to capture it all. 

Unfortunately, as we enjoy our learning experiences we encounter challenging behavior issues.  I need your support in teaching your child to make safe good choices with their words and hands.  Students need to learn how to use “I” messages to express their feelings when bothered by another person’s actions.  It’s never acceptable to hit another person or say hurtful things.  Students have shared their rationale for hitting others is because. “My mom said if they hit me hit them back.”  I truly understand self defense, however I ask you to work collaboratively with us to instruct your child to tell an adult first before responding with their hands.  Sometimes they react to an accidental touch.  Ms. Crowder, Behavior Specialist, and staff work with children on how to resolve conflict without retaliating.  Students who choose to solve the problem with hitting may be suspended. 

The other major concern I’ve encountered too often is students telling others, “I’m going to kill you.”  This is considered a very serious verbal assault resulting in suspension to our Genesee Board of Control.  We must teach our children how to handle their anger effectively without losing control.  We live in a society riddled with violence and students are learning some of the wrong messages from social media.  Please, support our mission with teaching our child how to make responsible choices; together we can make a difference in their lives. 

Next week the Dentist R Us will be here Wednesday, May 13th.  Students must have their permission slip returned to participate.   We need at least 25 students to participate then our school will be given an Android Tablet for a lucky student to win!  Let’s get those permission slips submitted.

Scholastic Book Fair is here again!  The book fair will be held from Monday, May 11th – Friday, May 15th.  We appreciate your support in purchasing a book for your child to enjoy.   Proceeds from the book sell goes toward building classroom libraries and teaching resources.  Thank you in advance for your support.

May 8                                  NO SCHOOL – Professional Development Day

May 14                               5th & 6th Grade Parent Planning Meeting Spaghetti Dinner 6pm.              

Sincerely,                           

Mrs. H. Rita Cheek

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