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Parents as Partners Presentation RESCHEDULED to Wednesday, February 4th from 4-5 in the library.
During the first three years of implementation of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, our school district/school has made progress in addressing and improving harassment, intimidation and bullying and the school climate and culture by refining our procedures for handling HIB reports, teaching our students about topics related to HIB through our curriculum, training for staff, implementing the OLWEUS anti-bullying system, and improving supervision throughout the building. While completing the Self-Assessment, we learned that our school district/school has demonstrated strengths in these areas: HIB programs, training programs for staff, curriculum and instruction, HIB personnel, incident reporting, and our investigative procedures. We constantly strive to improve our practices and will continue to regularly discuss these topics. Attached you will find the results of the School Self-Assessment for Determining Grades under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights.
PTG Meeting: January 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the BES Library. Join us for Mr. Leal’s “Principal’s Forum” as he addresses some frequently asked questions regarding “PARCC” testing that our students will be experiencing this year.
Paws to the Pavement: Join us for our first planning meeting on January 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the BES Library. Save the date for our 4th Annual Paws to the Pavement Run/Walk which will be held on May 30th at BES.
Open Board Member Position: The Secretary position is currently open. Contact Tracy Leibig at email@example.com for additional information.
As you are all aware, the New Jersey Department of Education, along with the State Board of Education, has placed an emphasis on local school districts to take steps to increase student attendance. You have previously received notice about this and Blairstown Elementary School’s efforts in this regard, for we certainly want our students to attend school every day.
However, it is not in a child’s best interest to send him or her to school if they display signs of illness. Please use your utmost judgment as to whether your child should attend school if they are ill. With the various virus outbreaks being reported around the country, and the onset of flu season, we want to do everything we can to insure the health and safety of all our young learners. Remember to send in a note when your child returns to school, indicating the specific reason for the absence.
Thank you in advance for your attention to this most important issue.
Mark Saalfield Superintendent
Many parents are concerned about the recent cases of Enterovirus D68. The following link from the Center for Disease Control gives practical information about this virus.
Recently several students have been diagnosed with Coxsackie virus. It is also called Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease.
Below is a fact sheet from the Department of Health for your information. The importance of hand washing is key to control transmission. The custodians have been told to disinfect bathrooms, door knobs, etc. Any children who return from this illness will be using the nurse’s bathroom so she may continually disinfect the facilities as well as supervise the children’s hand washing.
Please reinforce covering coughs and stress hand washing to your children which includes turning off the tap and opening the door with the paper towel.
Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Hamilton, our school nurse, at (908) 362-6111 ext 107.
BRUCE P. LEAL, Principal
The New Jersey Department of Education has provided districts with a pamphlet about Media Violence, its effects, and how to assist your children in dealing with the images they may see. Please take a moment to review the pamphlet with your child at your convenience. http://www.nj.gov/education/students/safety/behavior/MediaViolencePamphlet.pdf