Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Orange Day for Bullying Awareness tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 9 is "Wear Orange Day." This is National Bullying Prevention Week - and PACER, the Minneapolis-based organization that has had a longtime commitment to anti-bullying has proclaimed Wednesday as Unity Day.  To support the day and take a stand against bullying, we will join the thousands of others who will WEAR ORANGE tomorrow.

Please encourage your child to wear an orange shirt, jersey, or sweater.  We will be reading the book Tacky the Penguin or Hooway for Wodney Wat and talk about what each of us can do to "stand up against bullying behavior."  Bullying can sometimes be confused with typical conflict resolution, and so I have added a link here that helps clarify what can be typical problem-solving with peers in everyday life, and what bullying looks like. Here is also a link to Responsive Classroom, a program that many of us at school to use to foster community. The site is directed at teachers, but it gives you a flavor of how we approach building empathy and problem-solving in the classroom.  


A few service notes from our chaplain are below!


1.  Some very special musical guests visiting this Wednesday, October 9 in our Chapel
     6:00-6:30 pm Appetizers and Bato Bato in the Chapel Gallery
     6:30-7:30 pm Kenyan Boys Choir and Chris Tse - spoken word artist.


2.  “Light the Fire – Let’s cook!” 
    Food Drive for St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) October 7-November 1
    Cooking is one of the best ways for families in need to keep their food costs down. 
    If your family would like to donate cooking INGREDIENTS like salt, pepper, spices, rubs,       sauces, oil, vinegar, mayonnaise, flour, honey etc. please send them to school with your         student. 
 

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