GT Nominations

White Oak Primary and Intermediate Schools are now accepting GT nominations for 1st-5th grade students for the 2017-2018 school year. Forms are available in the Primary and Intermediate offices. Please return the forms to the school by Friday, March 10, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Secord at 903-291-2182.

Primary School Fundrasier

It’s that time of year again – our annual World’s Finest Chocolate fundraiser! Order forms will be sent home tomorrow. Please look for those in your child’s folder. All items are $7 or less. There is no tax on these orders. The money and order form needs to be turned in by Monday, March 6th. The items will arrive before Easter.

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.