October E-Newsletter 2014
October is a very busy month at A.E. Wright! Your child will be participating in a variety of activities this month to support safety and a healthy lifestyle at home and at school. Between International Walk to School Day, “The Great Shakeout”, Red Ribbon Week, presentations by the J-Team from the Lost Hills Sheriff Station, a parent education night on nutrition and healthy choices by Paulette Lambert, the Director of Nutrition at the California Health and Longevity Institute, a parent night on cyber-safety and cyber bullying, and National Bullying Awareness Month, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to engage in meaningful conversations with your child about making healthy and safe decisions. I hope you will take advantage of the opportunities and help us reinforce at home the importance of making positive of choices that will help keep your students physically and emotionally safe.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 is Walk to School Day. This is an event that is occurring internationally and we encourage all those that are able to walk to school on October 8th. If you are not able to walk to school due to the distance of your home, we encourage that you carpool. This is a great opportunity to help reduce traffic, save fuel, and support an active lifestyle. It is also an opportunity for our parents to model and reinforce with students safety rules when crossing the street, riding a bicycle, and remind students about stranger danger.
Due to the large number of students walking to school on October 8, it is important that all parents be reminded of the traffic and safety rules when driving on streets adjacent to and near the school. Just last week I witnessed a white SUV flip a U-turn on Las Virgenes Road right in front of oncoming traffic. Horns blared, brakes squealed, and time slowed as I held my breath as to whether the oncoming car was going to be able to stop in time. Luckily, the car did and a potential tragedy involving students was avoided. Thank you to all those who continue to follow the rules and exhibit patience and safety when picking up and dropping off at school. For those using the carpool loop, please remember that the left lane is for thru traffic only. You may not pick students up in the left lane or block traffic at any time. Please remember, no matter where you are picking up your student, you may not park in red zones or double park at any time. Additionally, the South parking lot is closed to parent drop-off and pick-up. Instead of parking and waiting for your student, please consider coming to school at 3:15pm to pick up your child. Usually, Las Virgenes Road is completely clear by 3:15pm. The loop is usually congestion free by 3:20pm. For those who are frustrated with parents who are not following the rules in any of our pick up/drop off locations, please do not honk, curse, use inappropriate gestures, or get out of your car to confront a parent. Instead, if you witness dangerous driving, please take down the license plate number, model and make, and report the driver to the STTOP program (1-877-310-STOP or http://sttop.net/).
During the week of October 21-23, your student will attend a presentation on cyber-bullying and cyber-safety by sheriffs on the Juvenile Team from the Lost Hills Sheriff Station titled “Click and Delete.” The sheriffs will also be presenting similar information to A.E. Wright parents on October 23th at 7:00pm in the Drama Room. I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to strengthen the lines of communication between you and your child. Having these types of “hard” conversations with your child isn’t always easy or fun. However, it is better for your child to get information from you rather than misinformation from their friends.
As part of our Red Ribbon Week activities during the week of October 27-30, the counseling office will be emailing you daily “safety” topics to discuss with your child. The daily topics will include talking points and questions to ask your student.
On October 10th, your student will attend the Magazine Drive Assembly. The Magazine Drive is one of two major fundraisers the PFC sponsors during the year. The school receives 50% of all money collected from magazine orders and 40% of all gifts ordered online so the drive is a great opportunity to renew magazines and purchase gifts for the holidays while supporting the school. Please ask your student to see the prize instructions and the magazine booklet. Magazines and gifts can also be ordered online so please encourage your student to reach out to potentially interested family and friends that live out of town as well as neighbors that live nearby.
We are continuing to work on being a little more “clean and green” at A.E. Wright. While we have several recycling bins on campus, the students do not always want to walk the extra few steps it takes to recycle paper goods, cans, and bottles. Please help support the effort when possible by using recyclable materials or re-usable containers when packing your student’s lunch. Additionally, please remind your student that the PFC has purchased two hydration systems for the school. Students can fill up their water bottles with ease at stations outside of the locker room and by the library.
A few things for your calendar….
October 2 Early Release Day, 1:10pm Dismissal
October 6 Make-Up Picture Day
October 8 PFC Meeting, 9:00am in the Faculty Lounge International Walk to School Day
October 10 Magazine Drive Assembly
Spirit Day (Wear Blue and White)
7th & 8th Grade Dance, 7:00-8:30pm
October 13 No School for Students
October 15 1st Turn-In Day for the Magazine Drive
October 16 Early Release Day, 1:10pm Dismissal
The Great American Shakeout (Earthquake Drill)
October 22 2nd Turn-In Day for the Magazine Drive
October 23 Click and Delete Cyber Safety and Bullying Presentation for Parents, 7pm
October 24 End of the 1st Quarter Grading Period
October 27 Healthy Families Parent Education Night, 7pm @ AHS PAEC
October 27-30 Red Ribbon Week
October 30 Early Release Day, 1:10pm Dismissal
October 31 Halloween Dress-Up (Costumes must be school appropriate, no masks or weapons)
Have a great month!
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AERIES PARENT & STUDENT PORTALS
Please ensure that your student is at school daily and on time. If your child is unable to attend school, please verify their absence by calling 818-880-4614, extension 226. Verifying their absence does not excuse their absence. Per state law, excused absences include illness, medical appointments, immediate family funerals, court appearances or jury duty, and religious holiday with prior written approval.
FRIENDLY REMINDER ABOUT PICK UP & DROP OFF PROCEDURES
Please click here to see the Pick-Up and Drop-Off Procedures. We appreciate you following the procedures and being polite and courteous on the traffic loop. We encourage you to use alternate pick up and drop off locations. While we suggest that you arrive early for drop off, there is no campus supervision for early arrivals prior to 8:30 A.M. Students may purchase breakfast beginning at 8:30 A.M. on school days. For pick-up, we suggest that you do NOT arrive before 3:10 P.M. The line-up of cars actually makes the process slower. Arrive around 3:15, and it should go very smoothly (and you will be on your way in the same amount of time).
FRIENDLY REMINDER ABOUT BIRTHDAYS
Elaborate birthday celebrations such as balloon bouquets, lunch time parties with cakes, cookies, etc. or balloons are not allowed on school campus and may not be brought to school. Per LVUSD District guidelines, students and parents are encouraged to avoid non-nutritious foods on school campus.
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