Dear St. Paul Families:
The week before last I was teaching a religion class in 7th grade. (This is a gift that I give the teachers for their birthdays AND a great way for me to get back into the classrooms and have the students see me as a teacher, too) The students were talking about how God sends angels to help us in our times of need, sadness, fear, and support. We shared stories about experiences that we had with “angels just being there for us” when we least expect it; how our best friends can be our guardian angels. This weekend I found the above verse about guardian angels. It reminds us as adults that our angels are standing beside us at all times and that God is always here to help us in many different ways and forms.
Last week I spoke of our food allergy policies and some of the uniform policies. After meeting with our head room mothers on Friday, I think that we need as a parent community, to review the rules and regulations around our media policies because I feel as if time and time again this regulation is being ignored. The reason behind this is not that the parents just don’t want to follow the rule, I think it is a misunderstanding of the media agreement signed at the beginning of the school year.
So here are a few points that I need to clarify for you and our students.
•Every family at the beginning of the school year signs a media agreement for their children. This agreement gives the school permission for their child to be photographed.
•With this media permission form, we as a school have permission to post photo’s of our students experiencing school activities. I say this because many of our teachers have posted photo’s of the students in their class learning; or students who are receiving special recognition. Please be reminded that our bulletins are on a private server (fast direct) and they are not viewed by the public – only by our school community.
•This permission form also covers photographs that are posted on our school web page.
•It is archdiocesan policy not to print a child’s first and last name under the photos. We do post first name and last initial.
•Now here is the sticky part of posting pictures. The school has media permission slips from a family, it is for school use only.
•Parents are NOT PERMITTED to post photos of the students on their own personal face book pages, text messages or any other personal social media. This means if you take photos at a school event you CANNOT post them on your personal webpage without receiving the consent of every parent whose child appears in the picture.
•Your child may not post pictures of other students on any social media account without permission from the parents of the student.
•This is policy that you can find in our handbook.
I hope this helps clarify the posting of pictures of our students. The room mothers and I had a conversation around these points and I asked them to remind each parent that help at our parties and other school events.
In closing, as I was reading The Washington Post this morning, I came across a very interesting article about raising “kinder children.” The article caught my eye and I must admit that while I was reading it, some of the scenarios described my house and comments as my children were growing up. I came to the conclusion that we all are guilty of this type of behavior at one time or another. Just thought is was an interesting read. I’ll post it at the bottom of this bulletin.
Until next week …
With blessings from my heart,
HATS OFF TO THE FOLLOWING:
vOur 8th grade students – I was so very proud and impressed by the great manners and behaviors of our 8th grade students at our Scavenger Hunt. The students had a great time and it was wonderful sweatshirt weather! (They got their 8th grade sweatshirts on Friday morning.)
vThe 7th and 8th grade students who are stepping up and running for Student Leadership Officers.
THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE:
Monday, October 10
o Happy Columbus Day!
o Technology Meeting – Parish Office – 6:00 p.m.
o Board of Education Meeting – Parish Office – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 11
o 8th Grade Pretzel Sale money due
Wednesday, October 12
o 6th All School Mass – Sponsored by Mr. Vegely’s 4th grade class
Thursday, October 13
Friday, October 14
o Fire Prevention Day – Visit from the Fireman – Safe House for Primary Classroom Visits with the Firemen – grades 3-5
o WELCOME BACK 6TH GRADE FROM CAMP WYAN! – Our 6th grade should be back around 12:30 p.m.
o 8th Grade Pretzel Sale
Sunday, October 16
o Athletic Association Golf Tournament – starts at Noon
o St. Paul Fundraiser at Lion’s Choice – Noon – 8:00 p.m.