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Dear Stephenson Families,
Here's what's going on...
FBI Cyber Safety Parent Night-Thursday, December 11 from 7:00-8:00PM in Stephenson gym—Childcare & Food Provided
Parent (Grade 3, 5, & 6) and FBI Citizens Alumni Board Member, Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura, helped to bring the FBI Safe Online Surfing (SOS) Program to Stephenson. While Mr. Fauske, our Tech Instructor, has also taught online safety in class, this program is for students to extend their learning at home and in conversation with their parents.
The program teaches students from 3rd to 8th grade how to recognize and respond to online dangers. The program is sponsored and managed by the FBI and provides vital internet safety guidance in the fun and competitive environment that is appropriate for each grade level. The main topics covered in the programs: Protecting Personal Information, Online Predators, Cyberbullying, Instant Messaging, Social Networking, Cell Phone Safety, Gaming Safety, and Reporting.
The FBI will have presented to Staff on Monday, December 8. They will also hold a kick-off assembly for students in January. They will learn where to go, how to login, and what to do in the Tech class the week after the assembly.
Please come to the Parent Night and work with your child at home. Safety First.
Nomination Process: All nominated students tested in their respective areas earlier this week. The tests will be scored by the district and the results sent to the school TAG Team. Your child needs to score in the 95-96%ile to be considered as “Potential TAG” or 97-99%ile to be considered “TAG.” Both designations result in the same opportunities and services for extended learning.
Once we receive the test scores, we will review each nomination form along with all accompanying test scores, parent and teacher survey scores, and work samples in order to make a recommendation and send them to the District TAG Office within two weeks. They will the final decision and send a letter to you and the school of their decision at the same time.
Lunch with the Principal: All current TAG students get invited to Lunch and Games with me once a year. This is a special opportunity for them to spend time with me and with their TAG peers. I had my first lunch group with first grade students this week. Invites will go home with students will go home approximately one week prior; teachers will also remind students when the day arrives. This will continue until I have cycled through all the students.
OMSI: The OMSI classes originally scheduled for November 13 was cancelled due to our snow/ice day. It has been rescheduled for Thursday, December 11.
PTA Highlight: Providing Activities, Programs, and Supplies for Our School Community
Meeting: Thursday, December 11 6:30-7:00PM in gym
Activity: We had 336 guests check in for Grandparents and Special Friends Day (GSFD) which equaled 81% of grades 4-5, 81% of grades 2-3, and 87% of K-1. These numbers did not include parents who attended but did not officially check-in. I have reviewed the event with Staff, Site Council, and PTA GSFD Coordinator and made revisions to make next year’s event even better and leave no child without a Special Friend by assigning non-classroom staff members to each classroom along with other improvements.
Activity: In consideration of your time, the PTA Meeting has been shortened and moved to Thursday, December 11 in the gym from 6:30-7:00PM just prior to the FBI Cyber Safety event. It will be a shorter than normal meeting, but there is very little business to work out.
Foundation Spotlight: Investing in Staff for Our Community
Goal for 2014-2015: $90,000
Where we are now: $14,516 (July-October)
Wishing you all the best,
Important PTA Meeting Tuesday, October 14th at 7:00PM. We hope to see you all there!