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January, 2019

Glebe Newsletter & Calendar February 2019

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Principal’s Corner

It is hard to believe it is February already! Quarter two has come to an end and report cards are coming home on Friday (2/1)! As we approach our 100th day of school, this means the school year is half over. I have reminded students to keep working hard. I am proud of their success so far. We have a short month with February vacation the 18th-22nd and a half day on February 15th (dismissal at 11:45 a.m.).

REMEMBER to read, read, and read! Stay tuned to learn about our Pick a Reading Partner (PARP) and Read Across America Day coming soon.  Our next Accelerated Reader Night is February 12th from 6-7 p.m. We hope to see you at our Morning Program on February 7th at 9:20 a.m. The Glebe Leadership Team (GLT) will meet on February 11th at 3:30 to finalize plans for Read Across America Day and Pick a Reading Partner. Feel free to join us! Students will have a unique opportunity this month during the week of February 11th-15th. During PE class, students will be provided golf instruction from golf-pro, Rich Scott, through a program called, “Starting New at Golf,” or SNAG. Thank you JEPTA! We look forward to this amazing opportunity for our students.

Please remember to send your child with winter clothing. Even if your child does not wish to play in the snow, they go outside for twenty-five minutes each day when the temperature is above twenty degrees. Students should have a coat, snow pants, boots, mittens/gloves, and a hat. There is no alternative to outside recess. We hope to see you soon at Glebe!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Abbey North, Principal

February Calendar

  • February 5, ADK Experience – Grade 3
  • February 6, Q3 Enrichment Begins!
    • JEPTA Meeting 4 p.m. @ Warren
  • February 7, Morning Program 9:20
    • BOE Meeting 6:30
  • February 11, Starting New at Golf Instruction (during PE class!)
    • Glebe Leadership Team Meeting, 3:30 library
  • February 12, SNAG
    • AR Night 6 – 7 p.m.
  • February 13, SNAG
  • February 14, SNAG
  • February 15, SNAG
    • Half Day (DIsmissal at 11:45)
  • February 18 – 22, No School
  • February 27, Elementary SDM Meeting @ Glebe, 4 p.m.
  • March 1, Read Across America Day!

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Superintendent Kilburn responds to questions about Jan. 29 lockdown

Dear Johnstown families,

Some of you have had questions and expressed concerns about decisions that were made during the Jan. 29 lockdown at Johnstown High School, as well as our school district’s safety procedures in general. Your questions and insights are valuable and appreciated.

First, I want to clarify that, in an emergency situation such as the one we experienced Tuesday, law enforcement assumes complete control when they arrive on the scene until they decide the emergency has passed. Our local police are well-trained to handle all kinds of emergencies, and while it is natural to wonder why certain decisions were made, it’s important that we respect their professionalism and trust that their decisions were made in the best interest of Johnstown students and staff.

Various rumors were circulating in our community about the lockdown, and I recognize that people want accurate and complete information. However, since there is an ongoing police investigation, we cannot provide any more information at this time. Although it’s not possible to address every rumor, we will continue to share the most complete and up-to-date information as it becomes available.

Finally, you may want to know precisely what the school district plans to do to protect your children in an emergency. Although details of district safety plans must remain confidential to preserve the security of our schools, I want to reassure you that our staff is well-trained and prepared to respond to a variety of scenarios. We tell our staff on a regular basis that, in many ways, they are our safety plan: They must be able to think on their feet about what they need to do to protect our students in any space at any given time.

Our students, parents and entire school community are also a critical part of our safety plan. Tuesday’s lockdown was initiated after a student brought rumors of a threat to the attention of the school principal. It’s an important reminder that “see something, say something” is an effective approach.

Some children might find reassurance in discussing with you, their parents and guardians, different scenarios and actions they might take in an emergency; for others, this kind of discussion might increase their anxiety. I encourage you to listen to your children and follow their lead to determine how you can best help them process Tuesday’s events.

Our school counselors and social workers remain available to help our students and families, and I will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Sincerely,

Patricia Kilburn
Superintendent of Schools
Greater Johnstown School District

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Warren Newsletter February 2019

In addition to the content shared below, a PDF version of the February 2019 Warren Newsletter is available to print using the free Adobe Acrobat program.

Message from the Principal

Dear Families,

Our building is buzzing with the excitement of Odyssey of the Mind teams!  Teams are working hard to gear up for their big competition in March. The big day is Saturday, March 9th at Fonda-Fultonville School.  Mark your calendars and come out to support all of Johnstown’s teams.  It is an awesome and interesting event you are sure to enjoy!

Budget season is here with voting right around the corner.  How current are you with what is happening in our schools and the status of the past, current, and future finances?  There are ways to get informed at upcoming meetings.  The Board of Education is holding a regular meeting and budget session on February 7th at 6:30.  Another budget workshop will be held on February 13th at 5:30.  The district has also formed a Long Range Planning Committee that is open to community members and will meet on February 25th at 6:30.  Be involved and knowledgeable to help make informed decisions for the successful future of our students.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child(ren), please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mrs. Nikki Lent, Principal
762-3715

Please Stay Informed

Our district’s website is www.johnstownschools.org. Please note that all lunch menus, newsletters and updated school information will be placed on the website.  Check the site often for the latest information. JOIN US ON TWITTER @WarrenStPrinc

Reminders:

  • There are so many amazing people who do so much for our  students,  families, and community!  Don’t forget to get your   nominations for the Founder’s Day Awards turned in by Friday, February 8th.
  • The school is open Monday through Friday from 6pm until 8pm for indoor walking.
  • Students go out daily for recess as long as the temperature is above 20 degrees (taking into account wind chill). Please be sure they have proper outdoor gear. This includes snow pants, boots, mittens/gloves, hats, and of course winter coat.
  • Don’t forget we are still collecting banking deposits every Wednesday!

February Calendar

  • February 1, Report Cards Go Home
  • February 6, JEPTA 4:00 at Warren
  • February 7, BOE and Budget Mtg 6:30 p.m.
  • February 13, BOE Budget Mtg 5:30 p.m.
  • February 14, Valentine’s Day
  • February 15, Half Day 11:45 Dismissal
  • February 18 – 22, Winter Break

 

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School Delayed 2 Hours Thursday, Jan. 31

School will be delayed two hours for Thursday, January 31. There will be no morning pre-k and no AM BOCES.

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Letter from Mrs. Lent Regarding January 29 Lockout at Warren

Dear Warren Street Families:

I want to reach out to you to thank you for your support following yesterday’s lockout here at Warren Street.  It was a very busy and emotional day as we worked with district and outside agencies to ensure the safety of students, as well as providing assistance to our High School staff and students.  I recognize that this was a difficult experience for students and families and want to update you on what occurred today and supports that were put in place for your child(ren).

Upon arrival to school today, students had the opportunity to engage in conversations with their teachers and support staff about the facts from yesterday as were appropriate to share.  We felt this was important to help dispel any rumors and to answer questions for students. All students also had access to counselors throughout the school day as needed. Most importantly, we have assured students that they are safe and provided their normal school environment.

Thank you again for your patience and cooperation during this time.  We understand that there is nothing scarier than worrying about your child’s safety.  Your children are a part of our family and keeping them safe is our number one priority.  Dr. Kilburn has also shared a letter and resources for talking with your children about these experiences on our website.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me at any time.

Sincerely,

Nikki Lent, Principal

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Knox Important Information

Chromebooks

Starting February 4th every student at Knox Jr High School will have their own Chromebook to use during the day. Please look for the permission/agreement paper that will be coming home with your child. Please sign and return as soon as possible.

i-Ready Lessons for Math are now open for all 7th and 8th graders!!

Students will be allowed to go on i-Ready and practice the skills that they have learned throughout the school year. This is not mandatory or homework, just extra practice!! These lessons can be completed during study halls, AIS Math Class or at home. Every lesson that is completed and passed will earn them a positive reward ticket. Tickets will be given out on Fridays and can be picked up in the main office.

Report Cards

Report cards will be sent home on Friday, February 1st.  Any student failing two or more subjects will be placed on academic probation. These students and their parents will receive weekly progress reports by email and hard copy.

Knox Dance

The next Knox dance will be on Friday, February 8th from 7-9 pm. Students that are on academic probation after receiving their report card will need to have all S’s on their weekly progress report for that week to attend.  Students also need to be in good behavioral standings with the school. Any referrals can impact their ability to attend.

Attendance Battle 2019

Knox will also be starting Attendance Battle 2019.  Please ask your child about #YOUMATTER. A Spirit week to kick off this battle will be the week of February 4th.  Each day will have a new attendance theme.

Community Circle

Knox Junior High School is now offering a community circle opportunity for students to share ideas, develop positive peer interactions and strengthen relationships between students and staff. Specifically, community circles bring students, teachers, support staff and administrators together to develop strong communication skills, listening skills, and empathy. The goal of the community circles are to strengthen relationships in the school setting, provide students a platform to discuss their interests or concerns, and to create strong connections to the school community. You will receive a letter when your child will start this great opportunity.

Math Club

Tuesdays and Thursdays after school in Mrs. Ipek’s room 204

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Attendance Spirit Week, Feb. 4 – 8

Attendance Spirit Week

Monday, February 4 – Shades Day
Attendance is so bright, you’ve got to wear shades!

Tuesday, February 5 – Hippie Day
Be hip, stay all day, EVERY DAY.

Wednesday, February 6 – Hat Day
Head for success by arriving on time.

Thursday, February 7 – Superheroes Save the Day
Save the school day by scheduling appointments after school.

Friday, February 8 – Rock ‘N Roll Day
Thanks for rolling in on time every day.

Dress up and your name will be entered into a contest
to win a prize every day of Spirit Week!!!

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Letter from Superintendent Kilburn follows up on Jan. 29 lockdown

Dear Johnstown families,

I want to thank you and our students for your patience and cooperation during yesterday’s lockdown at Johnstown High School. I recognize this was likely a difficult experience for many of our students and our school community in general.

The school district and police undertook the precautions and procedures necessary to investigate the threat that was brought to our attention. However, we know this was not an easy day for students and we are doing everything we can to support them.

While we are trying to make school as normal as possible for our students, we are also making school counselors and social workers available to any student who would like to talk about the situation.

We also want to share with you tips for talking with children from a variety of resources, including the National Association of School Psychologists.

Any time we experience situations like this, we review what happened to identify what we did well and where we can improve. Our first priority is always the safety of our students and staff.

We are grateful to the Johnstown Police Department and other area agencies for their swift response yesterday, and for their ongoing partnership. We also want to thank you, the families of our students, for your cooperation and patience.

If you have any questions or concerns about this situation or about safety at Johnstown schools in general, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Sincerely,

Patricia Kilburn
Superintendent of Schools
Greater Johnstown School District

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Talking with your children after the Jan. 29 lockdown

When scary things happen in the world — whether across the country or in our own community — it can be difficult for us as parents to help our children feel safe and secure. Our approach will be deeply personal — after all, we as parents know our children better than anyone else.

To support you in helping your child, we offer the following tips gathered from a variety of resources, including the National Association of School Psychologists. If you would like additional support in working with your child, please reach out to the school counselor or social worker at your child’s school.

Reassure children that they are safe

Emphasize that schools are very safe. Validate their feelings. Explain that all feelings are okay when a tragedy occurs. Let children talk about their feelings, help put them into perspective, and assist them in expressing these feelings appropriately.

Here are some things you can tell your child:

  • Schools are safe places. School staff works with parents and public safety providers (local police and fire departments, emergency responders, hospitals, etc.) to keep you safe.
  • We all play a role in the school safety. Be observant and let an adult know if you see or hear something that makes you feel uncomfortable, nervous or frightened.
  • There is a difference between reporting, tattling or gossiping. You can provide important information that may prevent harm either directly or anonymously by telling a trusted adult what you know or hear.

Make time to talk

Let your child’s questions be your guide. Be patient; children and youth do not always talk about their feelings readily. Watch for clues that they may want to talk, such as hovering around while you do the dishes or yard work. Some children prefer writing, playing music, or doing an art project as an outlet. Young children may need concrete activities (such as drawing, looking at picture books, or imaginative play) to help them identify and express their feelings.

Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate

Early elementary school children need brief, simple information that should be balanced with reassurances that their school and homes are safe and that adults are there to protect them. Give simple examples of school safety like reminding children about exterior doors being locked, child monitoring efforts on the playground, and emergency drills practiced during the school day.

Upper elementary and early middle school children will be more vocal in asking questions about whether they truly are safe and what is being done at their school. They may need assistance separating reality from fantasy. Discuss efforts of school and community leaders to provide safe schools.

Upper middle school and high school students will have strong and varying opinions about the causes of violence in schools and society. They will share concrete suggestions about how to make school safer and how to prevent tragedies in society. Emphasize the role that students have in maintaining safe schools by following school safety guidelines (e.g. not providing building access to strangers, reporting strangers on campus, reporting threats to the school safety made by students or community members, etc.), communicating any personal safety concerns to school administrators, and accessing support for emotional needs.

Review safety procedures

This should include procedures and safeguards at school and at home. Help children identify at least one adult at school and in the community to whom they go if they feel threatened or at risk.

Observe children’s emotional state

Some children may not express their concerns verbally. Changes in behavior, appetite, and sleep patterns can also indicate a child’s level of anxiety or discomfort. In most children, these symptoms will ease with reassurance and time. However, some children may be at risk for more intense reactions. Children who have had a past traumatic experience or personal loss, suffer from depression or other mental illness, or with special needs may be at greater risk for severe reactions than others. Seek the help of mental health professional if you are at all concerned.

Take their fears seriously

Don’t ignore or laugh off your children’s concerns. If their behavior changes after seeing or hearing about a major news event, they may be trying to process the information. Encourage your child to talk about what they are thinking. Hearing their perspective will help you decide how much information you want to share. Then help them understand that their fears and concerns are normal by sharing how you felt when you heard about the event.

Maintain a normal routine

Keeping to a regular schedule can be reassuring and promote physical health. Ensure that children get plenty of sleep, regular meals, and exercise. Encourage them to keep up with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities but don’t push them if they seem overwhelmed.

Encourage play

Play is kids’ way to work through lots of things, including fears and worries. If your child re-enacts the news, pretending to be a firefighter or EMT, encourage it. Step in only if playtime gets aggressive toward other children.

Foster empathy

Dr. Michele Borba, an educational psychologist, believes that in times of trouble, one of the best ways to reduce kids’ feelings of hopelessness is to find ways to comfort others and help the affected community. Borba fashioned four elements that parents can use to reassure children that their world is safe and caring: T.A.L.K.

  • T – Tune in to your child’s emotions
  • A – Assure safety and be available
  • L – Listen patiently
  • K – Kindle empathy and do something positive

Look for the positive

Look for the positive parts of unsettling news. Talk with your children about the people who come to help those in trouble instead of focusing on the negative aspects of the event. In the words of Fred Rogers, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

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Kids on Snow Cancelled for Wed., Jan. 30

The Kids on Snow program at Royal Mountain is cancelled for Wednesday, January 30. An additional night will be added to the end of the program.

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