Welcome to Whittier Elementary School!
Letter to Parents
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome new and returning parents and students to Whittier School! I have been very busy this summer learning all about Whittier School and I am very excited to begin my leadership role in this quality school. I encourage any of you to stop by and introduce yourself to me whenever you can. I operate an open door policy, so feel free to drop in whenever you need. Our staff has been very busy preparing for the students as well. It is our goal to make sure each student has a positive learning experience and enjoys being part of the school. We are all part of a wonderful school filled with very experienced, high quality staff. It is a privilege being part of such a dynamic and successful group.
Our school rules of Be Safe, Be Kind, and Be Sure To Mind (and say "okay") will be shared at a student assembly on Friday. Detailed information about our school expectations, both academic and behavioral related, will be shared with all parents in the next newsletter and upcoming Open House. Our Open House is set for Tuesday, October 2nd at 5:30pm. We will be having a separate kindergarten assembly with a Bubbles theme and every kindergarten student will be captured in "life size" bubbles to illustrate the importance of not bursting the "bubbles" of others.
Many outstanding instructional strategies will continue to be implemented this school year. We will be updating our school webpage to highlight our school goals focusing on Common Core Standards, RtI (Multi Tiered Systems of Support), and Olweus. Olweus is our new model in promoting a bully-free school environment and we will be setting up a schoolwide Kick-Off Assembly when we are ready to implement these bullying prevention strategies for all of us to embrace. Educational technology continues to be a major focus at Whittier School and we are excited to bring more technology to the hands of our young learners to help prepare them for 21st Century learning. We will continue to provide meaningful interventions for all levels of learners and will continue our professional development around best teaching practices in reading, writing, and math to ensure that all students have their personal learning goals met.
A special thank you to our PAC organization and all of the amazing work which has been done in our playground area. Our water system, the new playground border, woodchips, and sod all create a safe and beautiful environment for our kids. I encourage all of you to get involved with your child’s education as much as you can despite your busy schedules. The PAC is one way to reach out to other parents and partner with our staff to work together to truly make positive differences for our young learners and school community.
Elementary Eight opening in August 2013
- Press Release - April 16th, 2013 from Robert J. Watson, Ed.D., Superintendent
BSD7 School Safety Information
The Bozeman Police Department will present a free seminar for parents, teachers and caregivers with children of any age on "Protecting Our Children in a Digital Age," on April 30th, from 6 - 8 p.m. at Bozeman City Hall (121 North Rouse) in the City Commission Meeting Room . The event is not to be missed by anyone with an earnest desire to protect their children and better understand the technology-facilitated crimes that children are faced with today.
- Protecting Our Children Flyer - April 30th, 2013
- Alert Update - March 19, 2013
- MSU Alert - Attempted Kidnapping
- Tips for talking with your children about stranger danger - from the National Crime Prevention Council
- District Safety Initiatives Document
- Resource guide for parents & teachers when talking with children about crisis & tragedy
- Additional Resources: www.nasponline.org
- Announcement to parents regarding use of canine detection services at Middle Schools and High School Document
The Summer 6 Reading Challenge
Guidance for School Administrators to Help Reduce the Spread of Seasonal Influenza in K-12 Schools
Bozeman School District has had our first cases of influenza this week. Signs of influenza include: fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, fatigue.