MUSTANG MESSAGE, March 14, 2019

Important Dates

Report Cards home 12:45 dismissal (some conferences)            Mar. 15     

CIMI for 5th grade            Mar. 15 -17

Spring Break            Apr. 1-5

Museum of Tolerance - grades 5 & 6            Apr. 9

We met our goal of $10,000 for our READathon fundraiser! Congratulations and thank you to everyone who participated our helped coordinate this fundraiser!  We will soon announce the names of the students who will be Principal for a Day, attend a special Golf N Stuff day, etc.

Our new intervention classes for students who are at-risk of not meeting grade level standards by the end of the school year begin on Monday. If your child has been assigned to this class you will be told by your child’s teacher.

Note: Since Ms. Patsch, Ms. Hughart, and Ms. Dzukola will all be gone Friday for 5th grade CIMI, conferences for parents of at-risk students are being scheduled independently by these teachers.

Enrollment forms for the third trimester enrichment classes will be sent home this week.  Full-time Kids Club students have priority for enrollment. After that, enrollment is first-come.  These classes fill quickly!

Mira Monte staff members have been learning and implementing the use of restorative justice practices for addressing harm and conflicts. Yesterday afternoon, noon duty staff were trained in how to apply these practices during lunch time.

Restorative Approaches?  When inappropriate behaviors have caused harm, restorative approaches (RA) seek to hold people responsible in meaningful ways to address the harm done.

What is the difference between how harm and conflict are handled using traditional approaches and restorative justice?

TRADITIONAL DISCIPLINE RESTORATIVE DISCIPLINE

Wrongdoing violates school rules. Misbehavior hurts real people.

Responsible student is punished. Responsible student is obligated to make amends by

repairing harm.

Student may be removed from school. If safety is upheld, student addresses harm while

remaining at school.

Student may be defined by violations. Student earns back trust by fulfilling agreements and

changing behavior.

Student is influenced by external punishments. Student is motivated by the internal values: empathy,

respect, and inclusion.

Note: Zero tolerance infractions as defined by education code involving weapons and drugs will always be handled according to the education code requirements.

In addition to Restorative Justice, teachers have been involved in quite a few discussions recently regarding student use of the internet and social media. We are sharing a link with you regarding apps. The owner of this site is selling a product. This site is not being shared with you because we are endorsing the product. The list of apps and their ratings included on the website are good information for parents to have as they allow their children to access the internet.  https://smartsocial.com/app-gu...

As has been stated previously, parents need to be aware of the sites their children are accessing on the internet.  Students should not be allowed to dialog with strangers on the internet. Our advice is also that students not be allowed the use of technology outside of a common area in which you can monitor unless you have a content filter on the network they are using and you are setting parental controls. Note: All internet used at school is filtered for content.

5th and 6th grade parents - Please ask your students what they learned at school this week about cyber safety. Students in these grades participated in a 30 minute training in their individual classrooms. This training was provided by a school district mental health practitioner.  Each student also received a booklet called Net Cetera for parents to use as a safety reference when their children are on line.