What parents, guardians and caregivers need to know.
Let's Talk about Conflict vs. Bullying
Conflict is a struggle between two or more people who perceive they have incompatible goals or desires.
• Conflict occurs naturally as we interact with one another. It is a normal part of life that we will not always agree with other people about things we want, what we think, or what we want to do.
• Can be accidental and a normal part of growing up.
• In a conflict, people may get frustrated and angry. Chances are the amount of emotion each person feels will be relatively equal because both are vying for what they want. In the heat of the moment, emotions can escalate in a conflict. All of us have said things to hurt one another, which they later regret.
Bullying behavior is very different from conflict. It is behavior that is intended to cause some kind of harm.
• The person doing the bullying purposely says or does something to hurt the target of his/her behavior.
• There is always an imbalance of power (physical or social) or strength between the person doing the bullying and the target of the behavior.
• The person doing the bullying may be physically bigger or stronger, may be older with greater social status or social power than the person being targeted.
• An older sltudent verbally abuses younger students on the bus and does not let them sit where they want to.
• A bigger child threatens a smaller child for his/her lunch.
• A very popular teenager intimidates others to do what they request.
What to do if you have any concerns?
Take the situation seriously. Please do not over or under react. Before you call the school, get all of the information from your child. Work with the school. You may have to have a few conversations with your child about the process. Once the "B" word is used, an investigation will be started. The school administration will assign someone to investigate and gather information. Finally, please be advised that many allegations turn out to be normal conflicts, and can be resolved through a mediator, counselor or school administrator.
Stomp Out Bullying
In our efforts to ensure a “Bully Free” school, the Woodrow Wilson School has registered to become team members of the NY Jets Tackle Bullying Program-Stomp Out Bullying.
What does that mean?
Stomp Out Bullying is the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in the United States. It is dedicated to changing the culture for all students, and works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, sexting, and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism, and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. Please visit the website: stompoutbullying.org or call (877) 602-8559.
Students who experience bullying and are between the ages of 13–24 are encouraged to utilize the Stomp Out Bullying Help Chat Line. It is a free and confidential online chat regarding issues around bullying and cyberbullying. Live trained counselors will ask questions and listen, so they can help students create a plan. They can click this link: http://stompoutbullying.org/index.php/information-and-resources/helpchat-line/ and feel free to chat with a counselor.
In addition, the Stomp Out Bullying program is always looking for Youth Ambassadors, and teens are encouraged to click the following link to learn more about the program and possibly fill out an application. https://www.stompoutbullying.org/ways-help/become-youth-ambassador/
Calling all Parents of Special Learners!
The Woodrow Wilson School is organizing a Special Education Parent Advisory Group, better known as SEPAG.
FIrst meeting: Workshop - Starting and Running A Special Education Parent Advisory Group
Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Location: Woodrow Wilson School - Room B-152
210 W Sylvania Avenue
Nepltlune City, NJ 07753
What is a SEPAG?
A state mandated, district level, parent driven group charged with providing input to the local school district (Neptune City School District) on system level challenges in special education and related services.
Who can be a member of SEPAG?
All are welcome to be a part of the SEPAG. The more inclusive a SEPAG, the more opportunities there are to achieve positive outcomes. Parents are core members of SEPAG. This includes parents of children with disabilities who have an Individualized Education Plan.
What are benefits of an effective SEPAG?
You get to help shape local special education programs and services. Effective SEPAGs engage parents and school leaders to establish shared goals and priorities that benefit students with disabilities.
Why should you get involved?
Participation in a SEPAG offers the opportunity to raise questions, voice concerns, and provide direct input to district and school leadership. The great benefit of participating in a local SEPAG is that the individual needs of a child become part of "the big picture" and can reach a broader community of children.
Thank you very much, and we look forward to seeing you there. Be there, or be square!
Its time for teachers and parents to come together to be on one accord for the good of your children!
As the new School Social Worker here at the Woodrow Wilson School, I think it is important for me to reach out to you the parents. Although the majority of our students, your children, are well behaved, on a daily basis, we deal with a myriad of behavioral issues with some of our students. Based on the attitudes of some of our students000, it seems as though some of their challenges with teacher authority stem from the fact that students do not understand that their teachers are responsible for the overall safety and well being during the school day, which would require them to show some respect their teachers.
There is a saying in Latin, which says, "En ausencia de los padres." This means in the absence of your parents, as such, your teachers fulfill that role during the school day. Therefore, it would behoove both our students and our teachers if you as their parents continue to encourage your child/children to respect and adhere to the rules of the classroom and school.
If we can come together, both teachers and parents, with words of support for our educators and administrators, your children will be able to reap the full educational experience and benefits that are readily available to them here, on a daily basis, at the Woodrow Wilson School.
Note to Parents, April is considered Autism Month. In regard to that, we provide you with some important information below regarding Autism.
What is Autism?
There is no one type of Autism, but many...
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder ASD, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today. We know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most influenced by a combination of generic and environmental factors. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person wih autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn, think and problem solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged. Some people with ASD may require significant support in their daily lives, while others may need less support and, in some cases, live entirely independently.
Several factors may influence the development of autism, and it is often accompanied by sensory sensitivities and medical issues such as gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, seizures or sleep disorders, as well as mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression and attention issues. Indicators of Autism usually appear by age 2 - 3. Some associated development delays can appear even earlier, and often, it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. Research shows that early intervention can change a life! For more information about autism, please see information below.
This article originates from Autism Speaks at www.autismspeaks.org. It was obtained 3/26/19
May is National Mental Health Month
Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people in the United States through media, local events and screenings. In addition, Mental Health Month is intended to raise awareness about the issues and importance of mental health, and to stop the stigma associated with mental health. If time permits in your schedule, please do not hesitate to locate a local event or activity regarding mental health awareness that you can get involved with for a few hours to learn more and develop a better understanding of some of the many issues related to mental health. One final note, Mental Health Awareness Month recognizes the Green Ribbon as its symbol to promote Mental Health Awareness.
This article originates from https://www.psychologytoday.com. It was obtained 4/30/19