Greetings Chapman Families,
These last few weeks have been packed and this week continues that trend. A special thanks to Emily Price, Mythandra Fenner, and all of the volunteers and staff that made STEM Night (Math & Science Night) such a fabulous event. What a fun evening of learning and creativity! This week we have Dining for Dollar$ at Pok Pok on Tuesday, a late start on Wednesday, PTA Coffee on Friday, and 3rd grade is taking their bridge tours this week. In addition, several of our staff members are at the district’s two-day equity training, Beyond Diversity. It’s a jam-packed week!
Some folks alerted me to a conversation that has been taking place on social media about bullying at Chapman. We are lucky to live in a time when there are so many forms of communication that help us to stay connected and allow us to reach out. When we talk about bullying as educators, we use the following definition taken from PPS’s Bullying and Harassment Reporting Form: Bullying and harassment are unfair, one-sided, and repeated, and one person may be using their power over another person.
Our teachers work hard to create a safe climate in their classrooms and they want to know about anything that is preventing this from happening. The most effective and direct way to bring bullying to light is to reach out to your child’s teacher. If you feel like further action is required after reaching out to your child’s teacher, our Bullying and Harassment Reporting Form can be found in the office and on our website.
Recess seems to be where most of our complaints arise. Currently, we keep 4-7 adults on duty during our lunch recess, and we have started to implement 4th and 5th grade recess buddies to play games with our younger students. We will continue to work with students to make sure they know the importance of reporting bullying and harassment, and we are looking at various educational activities to help prevent bullying, from holding assemblies to teaching specific guidance lessons. We welcome your ideas and input!
Pamela Van Der Wolf
Principal, Chapman Elementary