School Holiday and Early Release

This is a reminder about two important dates for next week!

Monday, February 20th is a school holiday in honor of President’s Day. Enjoy the three-day weekend!

Wednesday, February 22nd is an early release day for our district for teacher training. Please make sure to have arrangements for your child on this day.
-We are asking that parents not eat lunch at school with their child on this day.
-Afternoon PreK will meet with the morning class from 8:00-11:00 a.m.
-Kindergarten-2nd grade parents must wait until after 11:15 to get in the car pick-up line so that all PreK students may be loaded first.

Box Tops

Please continue to collect Box Tops for our school! There is a blue box by the Primary office that students can drop them in. Please put them in a bag and label it with the teacher and student name. We collected 4,500 Box Tops in the fall. We would love to beat that collection!!! They are due by Thursday, February 23rd!

Father/Daughter Dance

The White Oak High School Student Council is hosting the “Owl Always Love You” Father/Daughter Dance Saturday, February 4th, from 6:00-8:00 in the WOHS Cafeteria. The cost is $15 per couple. Additional students are $5.oo. Flyers have already been sent home. If you haven’t sent back your flyer and payment yet, the deadline is this coming Monday, January 30th.  You also have the option of paying at the door for $20.00.

Screen Out the Mean

Last week in technology class, our K-2nd grade students discussed how to treat each other at school and online. This lesson comes from Common Sense Media’s Digital Citizenship K-2 Unit 2, Lesson 3.

We talked about bullying – how it was someone being mean or trying to scare a student over and over without being sorry for their actions. Then we talked about cyberbullying – those mean or scary things happening online. Students were able to tell me things that they love to do on the computer or online. Some of the answers were: play games, chat, watch videos, text, and search for things. After hearing those things, I asked them how they felt doing those things online. It was unanimous that those things online were fun and interesting. But if cyberbullying was happening, they would not like to do those things because they wouldn’t want to be online. They told me that they would feel hurt, sad, angry, or scared if they were apart of cyberbullying.

Some examples of cyberbullying are sending a mean email or message to someone, posting mean things about someone on a website, making fun of someone in an online chat, or doing mean things to someone’s character in an online game.

What should you do if someone starts cyberbullying?
1. Stop using the computer until it is safe.
2. Tell an adult you trust.
3. Go online only when a trusted adult says it’s okay.
4. Play online only with kids who are nice.

The kindergarten students talked together about these rules and how to treat everyone in school and online. The first grade students completed the “Screen Out the Mean – Stop Cyberbullying” paper (see the lesson). And our second grade students completed the “Screen Out the Mean Assessment.”

Parents can download the Family Fact Sheet from Common Sense Media here.

Early Release January 25th

Parents please make a note of our upcoming early release day for teacher training on Wednesday, January 25th. All primary students will be dismissed at 11:30 that day. 

Both morning and afternoon Pre-K classes will meet from 8:00-11:00 a.m. on that day, as well.

If you are picking up your child from Kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade, please do not get into the pick-up line before 11:15 as this will disrupt Pre-K car pick-up.

Please make plans for your child as they will be getting home earlier than normal on that day.

Follow the Digital Trail

Last week the primary students learned that they have a digital footprint and how to protect that footprint while they are online. This lesson comes from Common Sense Media’s Digital Citizenship K-2 Unit 2, Lesson 2.

Students first discussed what their feet would do in the sand on a beach shore or in heavy snow. They all told me that their feet would make footprints – a trail that shows where they started to where they ended. We also talked about how those footprints don’t stay forever. The water washes away the footprints on the sand, and either the snow melts or more snow covers their prints. Next they learned that they have a footprint that doesn’t go away – their digital footprint. A digital footprint shows what you do online and the information about them on the Internet. We watched “Follow the Digital Trail” video. This video explained that there is certain information that you do not put online about yourself to keep you safe. PERSONAL information such as your hobbies, interests, and favorite things are safe to put online. However, PRIVATE information such as your full name, address, phone number, age, birthday, and school name are not safe to put online for people to see that you do not know.

After that discussion, the students followed the “digital trail” of two animals who went online and posted some information about themselves. Mizzle the Mouse only put appropriate information online, but Electra the Elephant put private information online. The students played “Kahoot!” online to test their knowledge of each animal.

After the game, we came back together to review private vs. personal information and how they can continue to stay safe online.

Parents can download the family fact sheet from Common Sense Media here.