Principal's Notes

The Holiday Season is upon us!  Soon we will be home for a few days of celebrating with friends and family.  The New Year, with new opportunities and new challenges, will soon follow.  Traditionally, it is a time to set New Year’s resolutions.  It may be a good time for students to reflect upon the school year so far and set goals and expectations for themselves.  Your guidance is important in making sure those goals are realistic and attainable and then, students sometimes need help with an action plan – answering the question, “What do I need to do to reach my goal?”  This provides a good opportunity for parents and students to have meaningful conversations.

Our last school day before Winter Break is Thursday, December 21st.  Students will return to classes on Thursday January 4th.  The first semester ends before Winter Break, so all work must be completed before students leave. 

Internet, Mobile Phones, and Texting Safety Tips for Kids

Students may have extra or idle time on their hands during the holiday break.  Some of them may use this time surfing the web or messaging others.  Here are some safety tips you may want to discuss with your child.

  • Do not post personal information online (name, age, birthdate, address, telephone number, or school name).  This information can be used by others to find out where you and your family live.
  • Do not post your picture or pictures of your family online – they can be copied or changed or used to find you.
  • Do not send any inappropriate photos or messages by email or text.
  • Do not post entries that make it clear that no one is at your home.
  • Do not communicate with someone who has made you uncomfortable or afraid.  Tell your parents or a trusted adult if someone does.
  • Do not join online groups or games with talking to your parents.
  • Do not meet with someone you met online without first telling your parents or guardian.
  • Do not post hurtful or inappropriate messages.  If someone else posts hurtful or inappropriate messages – do not respond, but DO tell a teacher, a parent or other adult.
  • Do not click on any link that you do not know, and you are not sure is legitimate.
  • Do not buy and “apps” or “in app” purchase without talking to your parents or guardian.
  • Do not enable any location services without talking to your parents or guardian.
  • Do remember that people can lie online and say they are something they are not.  Someone who says they are a 12-year-old girl could really be an older man looking to harm you.
  • Do save messages that upset you and show them to your parents or guardian.
  • Do share your password with your parents or guardian.