Dean of Students
Community Education Director
8:00—8:20 Breakfast is Served
8:25 Students must be in Classrooms
8:26 Morning Announcements
3:00 Begin Dismissal
3:10 Buses depart from Rippleside
Flu Shots available at conferences Aitkin County Public Health will be offering flu shots to students and family members during fall conferences this year. Public Health will be at the Rippleside conferences on November 9th from 8-12 & 1-7.
The Ripple Effect: Catch the Wave
PBIS Mission Statement: The mission of Rippleside's Catch the Wave program is to create an effective learning community in which all members are actively contributing through the consistent practice of respect, responsibility, safety and positive attitudes.
Rippleside Elementary School started the year off with excitement and high expectations. All students had the opportunity to travel around the school and receive training on expected behavior in all locations. The students are responding to the changes, and the learning atmosphere continues to improve.
Wednesday, October 4th, is our official “Walk to School Day”. On this morning, students will have the opportunity to get off their bus and take a supervised walk around our school prior to starting the school day. For those of you who are in walking distance of the school we hope you will take advantage of this fun morning and enjoy a short walk with your family to Rippleside. Please make sure children are dressed appropriately for the weather; we hope you can join us!
PBIS UPDATE – CATCH THE WAVE
This October our theme in the school is Appropriate Ways to Handle Conflict. This area will be discussed and targeted in the classrooms.
· September: Expectations in all Locations
· October: Appropriate Ways to Handle Conflict
To start the school year, Rippleside celebrated together with our first PBIS rally of the year. We talked about POPPING into the new school year with great behavior. The two key phrases we discussed included, “We do that because it’s the right thing to do.” And, “We don’t do that here.” The staff performed skits and some of our students participated in some popcorn relay games. It was a great way to start the year.
Once again this school year, students who do not receive a minor or major will be in a drawing for a (his and her) bike. We will draw names at the last rally in May.
GUIDING CHILDREN TO SOLVE THEIR OWN PROBLEMS – HOW TO RESPOND TO STUDENTS
Step One: Empathy
“I bet that hurts.”
Step Two: Send the “Power Message”
“What do you think you are going to do?”
Step Three: Offer choices
“Would you like to hear what other kids have tried?”
At this point, offer a variety of choices that range from bad to good. It’s usually best to start out with the poor choices. Each time a choice is offered, go on to step four, forcing the child to state the consequence in his/her own words. This means that you will be going back and forth between step three and step four.
Step Four: Have the child state the consequences
“And how will that work?”
Step Five: Give permission for your child to either solve the problem or not solve the problem.
“Good luck, I hope it works out.”
AUTHOR: JIM FAY
Peanut Aware School - Please avoid bringing peanut products into the building.
6th Grade Field trip to Long Lake Conservation Center (LLCC)
What can I do as a parent?
- Be part of PAC team at Rippleside Contact Jenny McGuire at (218) 927-4838 for more information and if childcare is needed.
- Be part of District Parent Advisory Team (contact Lisa DeMars at (218) 927-2115 Ext. 3301)
- Attend Entrance, Fall, and Spring Conferences
- Get involved in (PTO) Parent Teacher Organization (contact Rippleside Elementary School)
- Volunteer in your child’s classroom and other school activities
- Read to your child each day
- Guide them to independence as they prepare for school each morning
Thank you for your constant support for the continuous improvement of all children.