Principal Update April 2019
Welcome to spring everyone! I know that we are all eager to have a well earned break from school in another week. We share that eagerness – but we also ask for your help in reminding students that we still have school days to complete before we begin spring break. We ask for your support in keeping students on track with focus and behavior prior to our break.
Please remember that spring break will take place April 15-22. The building will be closed during this time. April 22 is a teacher workday. Students will return to school on Tuesday, April 23.
Please join the PTA for our annual Spring Fling here on the grounds of Green Elementary on Saturday, April 27 between 11:00am – 2:00pm. We will have games, activities, food trucks, and lots of other fun for your family to enjoy. We hope you will make plans to join us on Saturday April 27!
Calendar Change Update
Thank you to those parents who participated in our calendar change survey in November and again in March. As discussed at our Principal Advisory Council meetings, we wanted to secure majority support for the change to the WCPSS Modified Calendar in the school year 2020-2021. Based on results of both of the surveys, our family community feedback continues to be split 50/50 – half of respondents favoring the change and half not favoring it.
Based on the consistency of this response and a failure to reach a clear majority, Green Elementary will remain on a traditional calendar. Again, we appreciate those who took the time to complete the survey. Thank you for sharing your feedback and aiding us with this exploration.
Positivity Project Updates
We continue to explore positive character traits with students as part of our partnership with the Positivity Project. So far we explored curiosity, teamwork, open-mindedness, integrity, perspective, creativity, bravery, gratitude, kindness, humility, self-control, perseverance, hope, prudence, social intelligence, love, enthusiasm, love of learning, forgiveness, fairness, and humor. We continue to combine these character strengths with the Covey habits to help students build positive relationships.
Kindergarten Open House
Green Elementary will host our Kindergarten Open House on Tuesday, May 21 beginning at 6:15pm. We’ll have health assessment information, upcoming deadlines, and supply lists for you at that time. Please register at the tables in the lobby. Students will be allowed to visit classrooms while adults will meet in the Media Center for important information sharing. If you have a neighbor with an upcoming Kindergartener, please remind them of this important event.
As stated above, Green Elementary staff have worked hard this school year to teach students positive character traits and support their efforts to implement them. However, we have a recurring issue that we need parental support to address.
“Roasting” has become a popular form of interaction among lots of ages of students – not just at the elementary level. “Roasting” is a form of the adult “roast” that we have seen in which friends poke fun at a particular person – this is most often seen on TV with celebrities, sports stars, etc. Unfortunately, students do not have the emotional maturity or regulation to always understand when a “roasting” comment is a joke – OR when a “roasting” comment is not appropriate. As a staff we have instructed students to simply not engage in this process. We have addressed it in classrooms, during carpool/bus dismissal, and in counseling lessons.
We need your support as parents to reinforce that this activity, which many students see as a game, is not appropriate – particularly for this age range.
Please help us by having direct conversations with your students about avoiding this type of behavior. Thanks in advance for your help.