It’s far better to prevent behavioral incidents than to manage them. That’s why the Ball-Chatham School District is hosting a workshop from 6 to 7 p.m., December 8 at Glenwood Elementary School, to help give parents the tools they need that will encourage behavior patterns that are positive and safe - the same strategies that are used at our schools. These include a non-invasive approach and interaction strategies, ways to create a safe environment, and self-management skills. Plan to attend this free training led by Katherine Docter, SSP, BCBA, Specialist in School Psychology, and Board Certified Behavior Specialist.
RSVP by December 7 to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know the number of attendees and the number of children needing childcare.
Trekkers or Trotters
Hundreds of men, women, and children ran or walked in the Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation’s 7th Annual Titan Trek 5k Run/Walk, and one-mile Titan Trot event, held this past weekend at Glenwood High School. Thanks to all of the sponsors and participants for their support of this fantastic event. Special thanks to R.W. Troxell and Harold O’Shea Builders for being the event's major sponsors! Monies raised will help fund technology in our schools, innovative educational programs, and teacher grants. Timing results from the race can be found at http://www.timingiseverything.com/
It IS as fun as it sounds! Titan Treehouse is a treat earned by students that model appropriate behavior at school. Respectful, Responsible and Safe behavior earns the chance to be entered into the raffle and each week teachers randomly select a child’s name from a raffle.
Reasons to Get Involved:
*Being present at school provides a chance for you to get to know CES faculty and staff. While at a Titan Treehouse activity you’ll spend time with the students who are at school with your child. Build familiarity with the people and places that make up your child’s day.
*The calendar is flexible. This is a year-round experience so there are open dates to fit in a time that works for you.
*If you like school parties, you will be a perfect fit for Titan Treehouse. It’s as much fun as a classroom party but much easier! Very little to coordinate and it’s a quick obligation.
*It’s influential and meaningful for the students. Kids love to be highlighted and time with a special guest is a real treat. You will be generously paid in smiles for your time!
How it Works:
*Parents plan and run 15-minute just-for-fun activities.
*Titan Treehouse will be generally be on Thursday afternoons at 1:50.
*Sessions alternate grade levels every other week; k-2 and 3-4. This will keep the groups smaller each week: no more than 30 kids for K-2, and 20 kids for 3-4.
What to Expect:
*Anyone with a background check on file can help. All students are involved in PBIS. This is a school-community reward and we want all students and families to understand that Titan Treehouse is a possibility for them.
*The kids love these activities! It’s a treat for them, but also a great time for the parents.
*You can choose the activity! (But feel free to work with the PBIS team for suggestions, if you need them.) Go for inexpensive & easy activities (sidewalk chalk, basketball shoot-out, freeze dance, window decorating…) based on your interests. Some of the most enriching experiences emerge from parents sharing what they love with our kids. We do ask that you gather needed supplies, however, if you need assistance with materials please let us know.
*On your Titan Treehouse day, pop into the office and sign in. Depending on activity needs and space availability, you’ll be directed to where you need to go. Everyone at school supports PBIS so you’ll be a welcome guest.
Ask your student(s):
Have you ever been to the Titan Treehouse?
What are some activities you like to do at the Titan Treehouse or would like to do?
The Glenwood Athletic Booster organization is selling Titan wear, stadium chairs, cookbooks, and yard signs and will guarantee delivery by December 25th of all orders placed by December 5th. Click here to download the order forms. The forms should be turned in to the main office at your child’s school, and a booster club member will be collecting them every Friday beginning October 24th.
Parent to Parent: Recess
Although the New Year has brought many snow days and frigid temperatures, we are finally looking forward to warmer temperatures. With this comes the return of outside recess! We thank you for continuing to dress your children appropriately for outside recess, as the air and winds can still be brisk in our open surroundings.
Participation in fun activities on the playground during school is extremely important for our children’s health and wellbeing. It provides an opportunity for their minds to rest and bodies to exercise. Our children need to be reminded that it is as important to be respectful, responsible, and safe on the playground as in the school building. Appropriate language, behavior, and attitudes must peacefully transition from the classroom to the playground, with a particular emphasis on inclusion of others & sharing equipment and play objects. It is okay to have fun however competition that hurts others feelings by actions or words isn’t appropriate.
These values shouldn’t be forgotten at public playgrounds and other mutual recreational spaces. Encourage your children to maintain a respectful, responsible, and safe stance while playing with friends and siblings. Children need consistency to reinforce that they are responsible for good choices, regardless of the setting or atmosphere.
Ask your student(s):
What are some ways of being Respectful, Responsible and Safe at recess?
What should you wear out to recess and why?
Why do you need to follow directions while out at recess?
What are the names of the recess monitors?
What do you enjoy about recess?