Tuesday, March 12, 2019

No School Wednesday-Thursday March 13-14!

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Due to the Blizzard Forecast-School has been cancelled for Wednesday & Thursday March 13-14!
Stay home and be Safe!

Things to think about at Home or Work:
1. Working flashlight 2. A charged cell phone 3. Battery powered radio or television 4. Extra food, water and medicine 5. First Aid Supplies 6. Heating fuel (or turn up the heat prior to the storm if your house uses electrical heat) 7. Emergency heating source 8. Fire extinguishers 9. Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
On a Farm:
1. Move all animals to an enclosed shelter 2. Bring extra feed to nearby feeding areas 3. Have an extra water supply easily available
In a Vehicle:
1. Full or near full gas tank 2. Let a friend or relative know your predicted arrival time 3. A charged cell phone 4. Extra food and water 5. Extra gasoline for emergency fuel

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Thank you Mr. Wahlstrom and the rest of the Chadron Foundation!

Our 4th Grade Team accept a check from Mr. Wahlstrom and the Chadron Foundation.  The money will go towards their Nebraska Studies Unit on Food in Nebraska.  Pictured above include:
Jessica Garcia, Shandi Motz, Rob Wahlstrom and DeeDee Grant.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Parenting, Media, and Everything in Between

The Parenting, Media, and Everything in Between site for parents offers some useful information to parents and families about internet safety.

The viral social media hoax…. The “Momo Challenge”, or the “Momo Suicide Challenge”, is sweeping the nation again. This “challenge”  encourages kids to hurt others, themselves, and eventually to take their own lives….and now it has hit Nebraska. See the article below in the Lincoln JournalStar.

most say this is a hoax, but to your concerned parents it is again the opportunity to urge them to know what their children are doing online. Below are some things I found that should be shared with parents.

What can parents do?
Talk to your kids about the Momo Challenge. Ask them if they know what it is.  Have they heard of it? Have they tried it? If they don’t know about it, share the dangers associated with the challenge. Discuss a plan that includes what they can do if they receive a message with the Momo Challenge.
Check your child’s phone/ Ipod/computer regularly. The Momo challenge is not the first challenge to encourage kids to participate in dangerous activities (the Slenderman and the Bluewhale challenge are similar challenges that were popular several years ago), and it will not be the last. If your child or teen is engaging in the Momo Challenge, or any other similar challenge, they will probably not volunteer that information to you. Remember you are your child’s greatest protector and you have every right to know the apps your child is using and have every right to check their electronic devices.
Take social media seriously, do not downplay its power in our kids lives.  Social media can be a means of building friendships and connecting but it is also where most of our kids are bullied, lose confidence, feel isolated, and are exposed to porn and other unhealthy media. Even if they aren’t sure what the Momo Challenge is, they may come upon this in the future, or other bizarre or dangerous “challenges.” Educating our kids will empower them to stay away from challenges such as this, and even encourage them to help their friends.  
Keep your relationship with your kids strong and solid.  Spend time with them daily, allow them to talk with you about their interests, their friends and their fears. Keep the flow of communication open and consistent. Make sure they know and feel how much you love them.
Have a social media contract with your kids! If your child is on social media, they need guidance and accountability. Knowing what is appropriate to share, what photos to post, and how to respond to other’s social media postings takes practice–and parents are the right people to set an example and teach their kids. Check out our free, downloadable ebook: Social Media and Teens: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Kids Safe Online. It includes a social media contract at the end!
Need help talking to your kids about bullying? Read Giving a Voice to Bullying Victims. or 5 Ways to Become a More Media-Savvy Parent so you can know what to say when the next social media challenge comes.

March Calendar

Wed. March 6 - End of 3rd Quarter - Early Out @ 1:15p - NO CIA

Thur. March 7 & Fri. March 8 - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

Sunday, Mar. 10 - Daylight Savings Time begins (Spring Ahead 1 hour)

Wed. Mar. 13-Mari Sandoz Center Field Trips, see schedule for class times

Fri. March 15 - 1:15p Early Out, NO CIA - PBiS Meeting after school

Wed. March 20 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Inservice

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Celebrating Read Across America Week with Pajama Day!

Mrs. Hoffman's 3rd Grade Class!

Who Was Dr. Seuss?

Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 to September 24, 1991), better known by his pen name Dr. Seuss, was a writer and cartoonist who published over 60 books. He published his first children's book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, under the name of Dr. Seuss in 1937. 
Next came a string of best sellers, including The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. His rhymes and characters are beloved by generations of fans.