Resolve to be Media Balanced

I was confronted with an incident over the Christmas break that reinforced to me the importance of staying diligent when it comes to technology use and our children.  Some of my grandchildren were staying with me during the holiday (I have 11 grandchildren with one on the way!)  The oldest two cousins are 8 year old boys and the next two cousins are 6 year old girls.  They were all on devices playing Minecraft. The girls came in to report that the boys had downloaded Add-ons that may not have been appropriate. We had to have a conversation about how we should follow the guidelines set up by our parents, even when they are not around. Common Sense has a great resource to use in cases just like this!  Click on the image below to access the agreement.  I will definitely be using this with my grandkids.

The Ultimate Parent Guide

In this blog post by VPNMentor, author Ariel Hochstadt outlines eight areas parents and teachers need to pay attention to when considering online safety for their child and/or student.  Due to technology rapidly changing, sometimes the task of keeping children safe online can be daunting.  This post, packed with statistical data and practical advice, will give you the tools you need to help your child/student navigate the online environment safely.


DIGCIT Family Night!

Parents, students and teachers, on Thursday, October 17 from 6 pm to 7 pm in the elementary cafeteria, Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran will inspire and challenge us to become mentors and not just monitors of our children’s online behavior.  Dr. Curran is an internationally known author and speaker on digital citizenship and is the founder and executive director of The Digital Citizenship Institute. Dr. Curran believes in a community approach towards digital citizenship. Please join us for this important event.

Librarian Appreciation

To show appreciation to our wonderful librarian, Shaynee Elder, students and staff wrote notes of gratitude.  Amy Banks compiled them all in a notebook for her to take home as a reminder of how much she is loved and appreciated at White Oak Elementary School.

REMINDER: Class Picture Day Tomorrow

INTERMEDIATE CLASS PICTURES will  Tuesday, April 30th.  Order envelopes were sent home with your child last week. If you would like to order a picture of the entire class, please place $10 CASH ONLY in the envelope that was sent home and return to your student’s homeroom teacher by Friday, May 3rd.  If you do not have the envelope that was sent home, just place your student’s name and their homeroom teacher’s name on an envelope and place the cash inside.
Students will receive an 8 x 10 class picture and a 5 x 7 fun shot with their $10 order. Please turn in a separate order for each child.