This Week at Henry Ford Elementary
MONDAY, MAR 5
TUESDAY, MAR 6
- Flag Salute @ 8:10 am
WEDNESDAY, MAR 7
THURSDAY, MAR 8
- Minimum Day
FRIDAY, MAR 9
- Mustang Pride – wear your shirts!
Important Upcoming Dates
- March 12 – 16, Parent Teacher Conferences
- March 12 – 16, Scholastic Book Fair (volunteer here)
- March 24, HF Family Dodgeball Night @ RWC SportsHouse
- Scholastic Book Fair (sign up here)
- Become a Henry Ford Parent Ambassador
- Project Cornerstone (firstname.lastname@example.org)
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming up March 12 – 16, and we could use some help from parents. If you are willing to spend 75 minutes to serve as a floater, someone who works to straighten shelves, acts as door security, and helps students find books, or if you are willing to staff the cash register, you will be welcomed with open arms. Please sign up here.
The flyer reminding everyone about the fair will go home in the blue folders this week.
Your child’s class recently read the book Nobody Knew What To Do, by Becky Ray McCain. This book tells the story of how one child found the courage to be an UP-stander and tell a teacher about a fellow student who was being picked on and bullied by children in school.
We are often scared and don’t know what to do when we witness a bullying or conflict. As students learn and use bully prevention strategies (and see them used by others) their confidence in their ability to be UP-standers increases. One important UP-stander tool is learning that it is ok to make a report to an adult about a bullying or social conflict. Students should tell an adult when they see or hear anything that deals with preventing or protecting another student. This can be in cases of:
- Protection for themselves or others
- Protection for their own or someone else’s property
- Prevention of something from happening
- Seeking help from a caring adult to problem solve a situation
- Danger from violence or weapons
Sometimes students can be confused with the difference between tattling and reporting. Tattling is done out of a desire to get someone in trouble, spread lies or get attention. Telling and making a report lets adults know what happened in a situation and enables them to address the problem. It is sometime hard for children to understand this difference, so please remind them that it is always ok to talk to a caring adult and ask for help. Frequently remind them that YOU are one of their caring adults.
You can play an important role in helping your child practice some of these techniques:
- Be the one your child can come to when they need to be heard. Listen and be aware of situations that need further attention.
- Stay calm and gather information by asking questions. In most instances, you can help your child identify and state the problem. “So Jack is picking on you at recess. What are some things you/we might do?” Help your child see their personal power is in how they choose to react.
- Discuss the potential consequences of the chosen strategy. “If you go to the teacher what would happen?” Look at 2 or 3 strategies and consequences and have your child choose one.
- Reassure your child. Thank them for sharing their worries and tell them that you will be “there” when they need help. Check back later to see if the strategy is working.
- If you are not sure what to say or do, reassure your child you will find a way to help and get back to them. Follow through on your promises.
- You and your child are not alone. You may need to seek the wise advice of caring adults at school to help solve the problem. Turning to resources at school is a way to help your child.
- If there is a weapon or violence, take immediate action to prevent and protect. Contact the school or/and call 9-1-1, if necessary.
FAMILY DODGEBALL NIGHT
Henry Ford invites you to a Family Dodgeball Night on Saturday, March 24th, 2018, 4:45 – 6:30 PM at the SportsHouse, 3151 Edison Way, RWC. Tickets are $20/couple or $25/family but buy tickets in advance as space is limited!
Because SportsHouse will need a head count and a signed waiver, please let us know who will be attending and the children’s ages. You can complete your waiver by visiting the SportsHouse website. Fill out the form on the blue paper sent home last Thursday and return to teacher with payment. Because we pay SportsHouse per person, adults must pay for admittance even if they don’t participate.
Come on out and have fun with other Henry Ford Families!
Connect with other Parents
All parents & caretakers are invited to join their classrooms’ group chats to stay in touch with others in their classroom through text, email, or the Remind app. You choose! It’s so handy for playdates, missed assignments, field trips, etc.
Text @fordinfo to the number 81010 or click remind.com/join/fordinfo and then message the PTA for further instructions.
DIRECT DONATION DRIVE
Our school relies on contributions from families like yours to pay for programs that enrich the learning experience for all Henry Ford Mustangs. For the 2017-18 academic year, a full student contribution is $200. While we prefer a full annual contribution, any amount is gratefully accepted. We also have a new monthly installments program at http://henryfordpta.org/donate/
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