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Red Ribbon Week starts on Oct. 23

Red Ribbon Week is October 23 - 27. We pledge to choose a healthy lifestyle and be drug free. Our Red Ribbon Week theme is: “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free.”
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October is National Anti-Bully Month.
Our goal is to teach students about ways to address bullying. We want to raise the level of awareness and action by students to prevent bullying all year long. Our teachers will be providing instruction and activities about bullying prevention and we will tie this learning to our Rascal PRIDE school wide behavior expectations. We have also scheduled the Power of One anti bully assembly for our school. Parents, you can access resources and learn more at Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Please watch this Anti Bullying video.
From October 16-20, we will have our annual Digital Citizenship Week which is part of our ongoing work for National Anti Bully Month. Digital Citizenship is about students learning appropriate behavior while using the internet and social media so that they are safe and make responsible choices online. Students learn about Digital Citizenship in the computer lab and in classrooms and students will participate in a Poster Contest Digital Citizenship Cyberbullying Awareness. Last year, we were named a Common Sense Certified School for Digital Citizenship for our dedication to teaching young people how to be safe, responsible digital citizens. We are committed to providing this important learning to our students again this year. Parents, you can access games for kids and Digital Citizenship resources at Common Sense Education. Please watch this Digital Citizenship video.
We will close the month with Red Ribbon Week which is October 23-27. Our theme this year is: Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free. Students will be engaged in activities that promote a drug free and healthy lifestyle. Please review our activities flyer and visit The Red Ribbon Campaign to learn more.
Please partner with us and have discussions at home with your kids about bullying, digital citizenship, and staying drug free. Conversations at home, at the dinner table, at family outings, and with friends and extended family have a significant impact on kids. It is very important that kids are able to share their school experiences and feelings and that the adults in their life are good listeners. Also, it is every adult’s responsibility to teach kids how to take steps to address and solve problems so that they build confidence and independence. Together, we can make our school a place where kids feel safe and bullying is not tolerated. 
Remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or the school web site. This is an excellent way for you to stay connected with our school and have topics to discuss with your child.
Twitter: @RascalPride
Facebook: RowlandElementarySchool
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Principal's Corner

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Nov. 21, 2017
So much has been happening at Rowland Elementary! During October we highlighted National Anti-Bully Month. Throughout the month, we worked with students on ways to address bullying at school and the neighborhood. We extended this learning to the digital world by teaching Digital Citizenship lessons which focused on teaching kids to be safe on-line. We also continued our efforts to make attendance a priority through our Attendance Challenges. The students did a great job on attendance and met the challenge. Check out the Slime the Principal slideshow to see students, staff, and the community enjoy the event.
Parents, we have some new educational resources for you and your students. Please visit our Library and Media Center page to access links related to reading and language. These links are an excellent resource that kids can use to build their language and literacy skills. Go to and then select the Academics tab to access the Library page. You can also find a multitude of other academic resources related to math, digital learning, and more at our Computer Lab page which you can also select from the Academics tab.
Some of our November highlights included:
·  Pedestrian Safety Month - We have stressed the importance of using safe habits whenever students are
   walking and riding a bike or scooter. Watch this video that highlights why pedestrian safety is so important to
·  STEM Family Learning Night - We had over 150 families attend and participate in learning activities in
   science, technology, engineering, and math. Students from the leadership club assisted with activities and
   registration – they are super stars! It was a fun filled learning event. Thank you to parents and students for
   attending. Thank to you to our teachers and staff who planned and organized the event. Check out the
   STEM Night and Green Screen Magic slideshows for a glimpse of the fun and learning that took pace. Please
   join us at our next Family Learning event.
·  Parent University - We partnered with Jellick Elementary to provide parents with a 7 session training series
   from Mind Growers. This Parent University is designed to help increase student academic achievement by
   developing parents as home learning leaders and enhancing existing home-school collaboration.
·  Fun Friday Attendance Challenge - We are working to improve our attendance on  Mondays and Fridays. We
   will continue Fun Fridays into December.
Looking ahead into December there is much in store including:
·   Our students will be finishing a writing workshop unit and will have a post assessment. This assessment will
    help us determine the progress each student is making and identify what supports children need to continue
    their writing development.
·   Trimester student recognition assemblies are scheduled and we will honor students for attendance, Honor
    Roll, and the Rockin’ Rascal Award. The student recognition assemblies are very important to us. They honor
    the students for their effort, and also acknowledge the support kids receive from parents, teachers, and
    school staff. 
·   Hour of Code is Dec 4-8. This is a global initiative in nearly 200 countries to introduce computer science and
    computer programming to students. We are excited to once again participate in this event.
·   We will be continuing the Parent University.
·   The Fun Friday Attendance Challenge continues.
As a reminder, winter break start on December 18 and end on January 5.
On behalf of the Rowland Elementary staff, I wish every student and family the happiest of holidays and all the best for 2018.
John Martinez
Principal, Rowland Elementary School
Remember to stay connected with Rowland Elementary School on Twitter and Facebook, and visit the Rowland Elementary web page for helpful information. Downloading the Rowland App and signing up for PeachJar are more ways to stay connected.
Principal's Corner is a recurring feature consisting of stories and information about Rowland Elementary School. Select the files below to access previous Principal's Corner newsletters.
Click here for the Principal’s Message, which is an annual greeting and message from Mr. Martinez.
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