For the week of 11/17 to 11/21
Hello Eisenhower Families!
This week, School Resource Officer Shea Alexander and I went to all of our PE classes to talk to our students about bullying (any students not enrolled in PE will be talked to on Monday morning).
We kicked off the discussion with a powerful video from a poet, Shane Koyczan, where he talked about his experience both being bullied and being a bully, and then went on to recite a poem he wrote called, “To This Day.” Here is the link to the video: http://www.ted.com/talks/shane_koyczan_to_this_day_for_the_bullied_and_beautiful
If you have a chance to watch it, please rest assured that the one piece of profanity in the middle was censored for our students.
We went on to discuss the three main characteristics of bullying:
Intent to harm
Repetition or likelihood of persistence
Students participated in activities where they determined if a scenario was or was not bullying. Students were reminded of their roles on campus, as they frequently are “bystanders” of bullying behavior, and our need to create a culture at Eisenhower that stands up to such behavior, reporting it to the office to help keep students safe. Officer Alexander explained the laws, written in the RCWs, and explained the specifics outlined regarding cyber-activity. We also shared a flowchart that is used to diagnose a situation as bullying or not.
Ultimately, the entire discussion was tied back to our “Patriot Code”: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible. Students were reminded that if they “Live the Code,” they will not be dealing with the potential consequences of such behavior.
We discussed SO many things, that it is difficult to summarize. Please ask your students about this discussion, or contact me if you would like more details.
During my reading and research on this topic, I came across a funny article online that summarizes a simple, but practical way for all parties to help stop cyber-bullying:
On a serious note, we would like to continue our discussion and education regarding this topic. Please stay tuned for more information regarding a social media education night that will take at Silver Lake Elementary in December. This will be a joint Silver Lake/Eisenhower event…more details to come.
As always, please feel free to contact us at Eisenhower with any questions or concerns at (425) 385-7500.
Sam Yuhan, Principal
11/17 MAP Program – Stage/Cafeteria – 2:50 – 4:30
11/18 Study Club – Library – 2:50 – 4:30
Clubs – Activity Bus available at 4:30
11/19 MAP Program – Stage/Cafeteria – 2:50 – 4:30
11/20 Study Club – Library – 2:50 – 4:30
Clubs – Activity Bus available at 4:30
Boys Basketball vs Evergreen @ Evergreen – 3:45
Volleyball vs Evergreen @ Eisenhower – 3:45
11/21 Bell Schedule “C” – 1:30 Early Release w/Math Success Time
11/24 MAP Program – Stage/Cafeteria – 2:50 – 4:30
11/26 Bell Schedule “F” – 12:15 Early Release
11/27 & 28 Thanksgiving Break
VETERANS’ DAY ASSEMBLY
Thank you to all of our family members and community members who attended our Veterans’ Day Assembly this week. It was even more meaningful to our students to have active and retired members of the military in attendance, so that they could stand and be recognized while our band played their medley.
Thank you for your help in getting our Fundraiser deliveries picked up and delivered. We had an absolutely incredible fundraiser this year.
FYI – If you go to the school webpage, one of the pictures shows Mr. Yuhan dressed in a Husky jersey to the UCLA vs. UW football game last Saturday. An awkward moment caught on camera.
VOCABULARY WORD OF THE WEEK
Due to the unusual week interrupted by our holiday, we are still using last week’s Word of the Week.
The word of the week is delineate. Delineate has two meanings: 1. to indicate or represent by drawn or painted lines, to mark the outline of 2. to describe, portray, or set forth with accuracy or in detail
Synonyms for delineate are: outline, silhouette, sketch, trace
In what class do you predict you would use this word?
SATURDAY SCHOOL ON NOVEMBER 15
Our Saturday School session for the month of November is tomorrow, November 15. Tomorrow it is being held in Classrooms C114 and C115, from 8 AM to 12 PM. Also, we NEED to know if your student is attending ahead of time so that we prepare accordingly with supervision and space.
If you would like your student to attend, please contact your grade level counselor, or Mary Van Aelst.
MATH SUCCESS TIME
Our school-wide Math Success Time kicked off today! Based on classroom assessments, students have been assigned to different classes for tutorial lessons or enrichment lessons based on the learning target that was assessed.
We are always looking for parent volunteers, regardless of your math ability, to help assist in classrooms and give support to teachers, so that we can have smaller class sizes and more one-on-one attention.
If you are interested, please contact Mr. Yuhan at the school and we can be sure that you have all volunteer paperwork completed. We appreciate your support!
“LIVE THE CODE”
If you haven’t heard this catch phrase yet, ask your student what this means.
This is part of our new behavioral system at Eisenhower. Students are being recognized for doing the right thing, being safe, respectful and responsible. Students who are not “living the code” are re-taught and reminded of the expectations.
Today was the first day when students were able to redeem their “Live the Code” slips for such privileges as: front of the line pass, Live the Code bracelets/pencils, or one-day hat privileges.
SCHOOL AND BUILDING HOURS
School hours are 8:15 AM to 2:45 PM.
Students are allowed INSIDE the building when the 7:50 bell rings. Staff provide supervision in the Commons and the Boulevard until 8:07, when a bell rings to allow students into the hallways and to their lockers. Classes begin at 8:15.
Please follow us at @EisenhowerEPS. We are up to 27 followers!
Accepting Highly Capable nominations from Oct. 27 until Dec. 1, 2014
Find forms and more information on the Highly Capable website. Nominations are for winter testing, which will take place in January 2015.
Understanding your student’s growth percentiles
Students in grades 4 through 10 who have taken at least two years of state assessments will receive an individual growth report. Watch this 10 minute video to interpret your child’s Student Growth Percentile Report. https://vimeo.com/109261893
Free research-based tools to help stop bullying
The National Association of School Psychologists has a concise, well-documented resource, A Framework for School-Wide Bullying Prevention and Safety: www.nasponline.org/resources/bullying/Bullying_Brief_12.pdf
Stopbullying.gov has lots of bullying prevention information and strategies. There are training modules, PowerPoints, toolkits, videos, resources, state-by-state laws and policies, suggestions about how to talk about bullying with your kids and much more.