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We would like to congratulate our new 5th grade Peer Mediators!  They are:

 Etezaz Ahsan

Sean DeMauro

Jessica Lin

Lauren Quinn

WHAT IS MEDIATION?

              Mediation is a way to settle differences caused by misunderstandings, name-calling, gossip, teasing and arguing. A neutral mediator helps students in the 4th, 5th, or 6th grade who are in conflict to talk about the problem and cooperatively work out their  differences in a way that satisfies both parties. Mediation is a win-win process.

 WHO ARE THE MEDIATORS?

                The mediators are students who were selected by  their  peers and teachers, who have completed a training program in mediation techniques.

               A school counselor is present during the peer mediation session, but does not participate.

 WHAT IS THEIR JOB?

               Mediators help the students involved in a conflict understand each other’s point of view so that they can solve their problems themselves. Mediators do not decide who is wrong, but they are there to help the disputants find creative and workable solutions to their conflicts and disagreements. 

 WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE PROGRAM?

                To provide a positive process for solving student conflicts in the school community.

                To teach our students a practical life skill that will enable them to responsibly and constructively solve their own problems.

 Congratulations again to our new Peer Mediators!

 

Fourth Grade Book Talk

While reading the novel, Shoeshine Girl, fourth graders in Ms. Zarrilli’s class used the website, “Wallwisher”, to post their responses to “thick” and “thin” questions.  Here are their ‘online post-it’ answers to the question of the day.

Due to the lack of space in the lunch room this year, we regret to inform you that we will not be continuing the “Lunch Buddy Program” for the 2010-11 school year.

Signs of School Problems“I didn’t know my child was having a problem in school!”  states a frustrated mother after receiving a phone call from her child’s teacher.  This scene is replayed a number of times in different homes throughout the school year.  In many of these instances the child has given advance warnings that the parents have not seen. 

Often there are observable signs that are indicators when a child is having trouble in school.  These signs are easy to detect because a child has a hard time hiding his/her feelings.  Parents need to be aware of these signs of trouble and act accordingly.  Some of the warning signs are as follows:

PHYSICAL

  • Headaches and stomachaches during and after school
  • Sleeping habits are disrupted.  Either insomnia, sleeping late, or difficulty waking up
  • Frequent illness that causes the child to miss school

MANAGEMENT

  • Wastes time while doing homework
  • Watches too much television
  • Not starting or finishing school work at home

VOICE COMPLAINTS

  • “I can’t concentrate”
  • “I’m being bothered by noise”
  • “Other students are bothering me”
  • “I can’t do my work”

FRUSTRATION

  • Slamming doors
  • Spending too much time on homework
  • Starting an assignment over and over
  • Getting into fights
  • Deteriorating self image

What can a parent do? Get help early and develop a good relationship with the teacher.  Don’t be afraid to talk to your child.  Set up a time to meet with your child’s teacher to see if the problem can be solved.  Keep options open to seek help from the school counselor, nurse, and principal.  Everyone in the school family can help.  When you see a problem, take immediate action.  The sooner you act the better chance you and your child will have to solve the problem.

   For security purposes we require that you report immediately to the school office upon entering the school building.  If you have to come to school to transport your child to the doctor’s office, home, etc., you must sign your child out in the front office.  We will contact your child’s teacher and have them sent to the office.

   Additionally, visitors ARE NOT to wander the hallways looking for classrooms and attempting to see/meet teachers.  If you need to be in the building for FSA purposes or as a Visitor, we will provide you with an “ID badge.”  All of these procedures are for your child’s safety……..Thank You!

Walkers/Bike Riders

Notice to WALKERS:  We recently received a letter from the Galloway Township Chief of Police.  He has asked us to remind all students to use School Crossing Guard Posts when walking to school.   Students should wait at the post for the Crossing Guard to assist them in crossing the street.

Project H.O.P.E

Once again, the Reeds Road Elementary School is proud to take part in a variety of community activities and projects.  This year we will continue with Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Through Public Education).  This year our school will be involved in a Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive, Jump Rope for Heart, Giving Tree, and Kids Helping Kids.  As parents, you can help us by reinforcing the value of “Altruism”.

Calling All Cultures

We need your help with our Cultural Ex‘travel’ganza. We will be celebrating our cultures with a night of food, crafts, displays and entertainment.

We would appreciate the involvement of all the Reeds Road families and friends to either participate or attend this magical evening. ‘Booths’ will be set-up to display various cultural items (clothing, artwork, hand crafts, etc.) along with a craft of the culture to be made by participants. Do you have a special dance, music or other presentation you’d like to share? Maybe you have a favorite dish or food item you could supply as a sample of the cuisine. All are encouraged to wear traditional fashions.

Date: Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Reeds Road School

 Interested but need more information please call:

          Barbara Somers – 748-1250 ext. 1585

          Emery Keeler – 748 – 1250 ext. 1578

On the Same Day in March

Miss Novasack and Mrs. Bruscato’s third grade class worked with Mrs. Monroe in the computer lab to participate in an online collaborative project called, “On the Same Day in March”.  The springboard for this project was the children’s book written by Marilyn Singer with the same title, “On the Same Day in March.” This book took the students on a tour to 17 different locations around the world to examine the weather “on the same day in March”.  Participating classrooms from around the world observed their weather “on the same day in March,” which also happened to be St. Patrick’s Day.  Each class recorded the information and posted the information, as well as any culminating projects, on this website:  http://onthesamedayinmarch.wikispaces.com/.  From this experience, the students were able to support their learning about geography, map skills and weather.  They were also able to seamlessly integrate technology into these activities.  The best part was skyping with a 4th grade class from Regina, Saskatchawan, Canada whom also participated in the online project.  You can check out our class contributions at: http://onthesamedayinmarch.wikispaces.com/Galloway+Twp%2C+NJ+USA.

After reading the story, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, by Judi and Ron Barrett, Ms. Zarrilli’s fourth grade students got busy creating their own versions.  After writing and illustrating, the students recorded their stories through Photostory.  Enjoy some samples by clicking below.  If you would like to see more, you will find them on Ms. Zarrilli’s eboard.

PhotoStory1,  PhotoStory 2PhotoStory 3

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