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!