March 2013 Archives

SUN (Stand UNited) School-Wide Movie

The SUN (Stand UNited Against Bullying) has had GREAT success at SBMS. There are many different components that makes SUN work. Classroom meetings, clear and defined expectations, anonymous reporting, a universal theme, on-the-spot interventions, trained staff, a culture that encourages positive interactions, and communication with parents are just some of the components that really place SBMS at the front of the pack when it comes to anti-bullying efforts.

On Friday, we will be having a school-wide movie - another special component of our SUN program. Our Anti-Bullying Coalition (ABC) does the selection of the movie. The selection for tomorrow's movie is "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken." This G rated movie has themes that are aligned with our SUN message. It is a movie that is filled with a message of self-reliance and determination.

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As mentioned at http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/wild-hearts-cant-be-broken parents can discuss the movie with their children. Below are some questions that can help a discussion.

• Families can talk about what makes Sonora a positive role model.
• How does she make her dream of being a "diving girl" a reality, even when everyone around her tells her she can't do it?
• How accurately do you think the film reflects the realities of the Great Depression? How can you find out more about real life during the Depression?

We are looking forward to this terrific movie and the impact it will have on our kids!

March 4, 2013

Dear 7th and 8th Grade Parents,

This week, our 7th and 8th graders will be rotating through a one-hour seminar on the topic of sexual harassment.  The seminar will take place during one of their language arts classes and will be led by Barbara McEvoy, a school counselor for more than 25 years. Mrs. McEvoy has worked with our kids for a few years now.

The topic of sexual harassment is an important one for our students to address now and to be sensitive to throughout their lives.  As a result of their session with Mrs. McEvoy, we hope our students will be able to:

  • Define sexual harassment
  • Recognize the range of behaviors that may constitute sexual harassment
  • Communicate when behavior is unwelcome to them
  • Understand the effects of harassment on the victim
  • Assess their own behavior regarding sexual harassment
  • Seek appropriate help when needed
  • Learn how to help a friend deal with sexual harassment
  • Examine sexual harassment as a form of bullying
  • Discuss appropriate and respectful ways to interact with others

 We want very much for you as parents to join us in the conversation about sexual harassment and about the ways our students can interact positively and respectfully with their peers. Please feel free to ask your children questions about what they learned in their session with Mrs. McEvoy, and please feel free to contact me if you would like more information about the content of her presentation.

 As always, we are grateful for your support and for the ways we can work together to help our children lead fulfilling and happy lives! 

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