October 23, 2015

posted Oct 27, 2015, 1:06 PM by Kurt Gergler

Hello Families,

When I’m pushed to describe the first and foremost part of my principal job at BES, I say, “To keep people safe.” We lock the building. We teach about respectful behavior. We use kind words. We teach about choices. We work to resolve problems in positive ways. We have safety drills (like today’s fire drill!). We adhere to fire code. You see the picture.

We keep people safe now, in the moment, and we try to give tools for the future. Just like you, you watch over your children and teach them how to succeed in our world. You are always a step or two ahead of your children (it may not feel like it). The more prepared you are the easier it can be (it is not easy to raise a child). You keep at it and you have boundless energy (it is tiring).

I want to share an opportunity with you that will prepare you for the future (for some, the future is now). I’m talking about internet safety. With the explosion of information and social interactions accessible on all sorts of electronic devices, we can make bad choices quickly and loudly. Children, too, can find themselves in sticky situations with the help of technology.

At the end of November there is a session on internet safety that I understand will be quite good. I encourage you to attend, even if you rightly know that your child is not wired and connected at this time. Soon enough you will be face to face with the potential of ugly stuff. Get prepared and maintain your calmness and bountiful energy!

Here is the information and you need to RSVP if you want to go:

Date:  Monday, November 30, 2015

Time:  6:30pm - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Salon A, Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH

Designed for parents and community partners, this presentation provides a broad overview of adolescent technological concerns, including cyberbullying and social networking sites. Foundational information on the way adolescents use the Internet and cell phones is provided first before examining cyberbullying, sexting, and unwise social networking in detail.  Strategies for identification, prevention, and response are then discussed in a conversational format to allow for input and Q&A from the audience. Attendees leave equipped with an increased ability to promote safe and responsible participation in cyberspace among the youth they care for and with numerous resources to assist them towards those ends. Parents will leave the forum knowing how to:

  • Identify popular online environments among adolescents today and recognize various forms of cyberbullying.

  • Understand the scope and prevalence of the problem.

  • Learn how teens are misusing social networking sites.

  • Realize the significance of sexting among youth.

  • Learn ways to best inquire about and respond to their technology use and abuse.

  • Develop strategies to sharpen your ability to informally and formally monitor their actions.

  • Learn how to report cyberbullying when you spot it.

  • Learn how to work with Internet service providers, cell phone service providers, and content providers.

Parents are asked to RSVP for this FREE event at www.nhcmtc.org by Friday, November 20th

Last week I shared about the student survey that 3rd and 4th graders will take the first week in November. I wrongly wrote that it would take place the second week, but, we are looking at November 5th. We have posted the survey for review on the Parent page of the website: http://bes.bownet.org/parents  Remember, if parents want to opt out their child from the survey, please let me know by October 30th.

We posted a video on the Parent page (http://bes.bownet.org/parents) regarding the SBAC scores. Remember the Smarter Balanced Assessment is the new “State Test” that started last spring for reading, writing and math for 3rd and 4th grades. The scores are due out in November and the video explains how they work.

We have access to safety newsletters from the NH Department of Safety. We like the messages so we will be sharing them via our website!

Keep in Touch.