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The Topic of Bullying

Definition:

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.  The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.

 

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

*An imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power- such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity- to control or harm others.

*Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

WHEN and WHERE:

Bullying can occur during or after school hours.  While most reported bullying happens in the school building, a significant percentage also happens in places like on the playground or on the bus.  It can also happen traveling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood, or on the internet.

How a positive home/school relationship can help:

Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn.  The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts.  It is important for everyone to work together to send a unified message against bullying.  Parents and school staff can help to create a school culture of acceptance, tolerance, and respect.  By working together and having meaningful conversations about individual differences, we can stop bullying behavior and teach our children a valuable life lesson.

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Dates To Remember

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013           PTO meeting at 4:30

Monday, Sept. 2, 2013              No School

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013              Boy Scouts at Valley to talk with students

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013        Boy Scout Parent Night at 6:30

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013            PTO Open House 6-7

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013          Picture Day!!  Smile!!

Friday, Sept. 20, 2013               Midterm Ends

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013            Vision and Hearing

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013      Midterms sent home

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013          Vision and Hearing

Friday, Sept. 27, 2013                1:30 Dismissal North Fulton Homecoming

                                                   Red and Black Day

                                                   Parade in Fairview at 4:00

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Welcome Back Valley Elementary

It is hard to believe that summer is over, but the students at SRV Elementary are well on their way to getting back in the grove of school.  It was wonderful to see and talk with so many of you at registration.  If we have not met, please stop by sometime so that we can.  The school year is off to a great start.  Students are hard at work adjusting to the routines of the school day.  We have a wonderful staff that are excited about the year and working hard to challenge each and every student.  Within the next week, teachers will have sent home a note explaining the expectations of their classrooms.  Please make sure that you go over this with your child.  Parent/teacher/school communication is essential in student success.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us or stop by to see all the wonderful things happening at Spoon River Valley Elementary.

Contact Information:

Jody Collier

Elementary Principal

Phone:  309-778-2207

jcollier@spoon-river.k12.il.us

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