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Principal's Message

Greetings Brookside Families,

Bullying Prevention Assembly

Last week, Taproot Theater Company performed Alexandra and the Dragon, a play written to help children

know what is and is not bullying as well as what to do when it occurs. Students were taught how to

recognize when bullying occurs, report the behavior to a trusted adult who can help, and refuse the

behavior by staying calm and confident when asking them to stop. Ask your child to define these words and

show you the hand motions they learned to represent the 3Rs.

Use these terms with your child about bullying. A shared vocabulary can help you and your child discuss

these issues if they arise.

• Positive Bystander (up-stander, ally): someone who witnesses bullying behavior and helps the child

being bullied.

• Bullying: a behavior that happens when someone who is more powerful (physically or socially)

repeatedly hurts, scares, threatens, or leaves-out another person on purpose. It is one-sided and


• Tattling: telling on someone just to get them in trouble or for revenge.

• Reporting: telling on someone to keep you or someone else safe.

Instructional Program Planning Committee (IPPC)

The IPPC examined three areas over the course of last year: preschool, Highly Capable programs, and

grade-band configuration. Members of this committee are doing a "traveling roadshow” this fall to engage

school communities across Shoreline Public Schools regarding their recommendations. Members of this

team will join our General Membership PTA meeting on November 1st; the IPPC will present at 7:00 p.m. For

more information on the IPPC, see this link:


Coffee with the Principal

Thank you to the parent & guardians who attended our first gathering in the evening of 9/15. The topics

discussed included the work of the IPPC (see above), different versions of grade-level configuration, Board

of Education policies that support thoughtful growth in Shoreline, and the change process in schools. We will

alternate between morning and evening meetings over the course of the year to allow more families to

participate. I look forward to engaging more families at our next meeting at 9:15 a.m. on October 6th.

Conference Week is Coming

Our first conferences will take place on 10/12-10/14. The October conference creates a time for you and the

teacher to sit together and discuss your child. This meeting “may” include some discussion of your child’s

academic performance to date, but that is really the focus of the report card that will come to you later in the

year. This is a great opportunity for you to share your knowledge of your child’s strengths and growth areas

with our staff as well as ask questions and describes your hopes & aspirations for this school year.

Thank You for Supporting of Our School & Community,

John Simard


Attendance Awareness

This year, Shoreline Public Schools is making a special effort to ensure that all students fully

benefit from their education by attending school regularly. Attending school regularly helps

children feel better about school—and themselves. Your student can start building this habit in

preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important.

Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.


• Starting in kindergarten, too many absences (excused and unexcused) can cause children

to fall behind in school.

• Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) increases the chance that your student will not read

or master math at the same level as their peers.

• Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.

• Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.

• Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help

children catch up.

• By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high


• By being present at school, your child learns valuable social skills and has the opportunity

to develop meaningful relationships with other students and school staff.

• Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with

schoolwork, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.

• By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than

8th grade test scores.


• Set a regular bedtime and morning routine.

• Prepare for school the night before, finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.

• Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required immunizations.

• Don’t let your student stay home unless they are truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a

stomachache or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.

• Avoid appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

• Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family

member, a neighbor, or another parent.

• Keep track of your student’s attendance. Missing more than 9 days could put your student

at risk of falling behind.

• Talk to your student about the importance of attendance.

• Talk to your students’ teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be

tied to something going on at school.

• Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs