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We Made It!
Last Friday, students joined their buddy classes for hot chocolate to celebrate our 40th day of 95% Attendance!
It was so exciting to get to the 40th day and we have set the next goal for attendance.
We will be tracking our daily attendance and waiting to get to 60 days of 95% or higher.
After our 60th day, we’ll have a “Don’t blow our goal” bubble party (bubble gum or bubble blowing)!
We know that successful students attend school consistently and we appreciate your support in encouraging your child to be at school every day!
Looking forward to day 60!
Buddy Day Activities
Our Buddy Classes met again this week to celebrate kindness and friendship. Classes worked on creating a “Buddy Class Quilt” with squares containing hearts in various mediums.
Buddy classes will display the quilts in their rooms or quads and in a month or so, we’ll put all of the quilts together in the library as a reminder of our Buddy Class friendships and the virtue of kindness!
Save the Date
Our second annual Family Literacy Night is scheduled for Thursday, March 1st, from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. Save the date so that you can join us for an evening of dinner and fun book-related activities!
Danebo Families can enjoy a free pizza & salad dinner and every child will go home with a book to share with their family.
Save the date and look for more details in Tuesday folders!
Maintaining Safe Schools
In the wake of the school shooting tragedy in Florida, here is an update on safety preparations Danebo. Back in 2014 Bethel was the first district in the area – and perhaps the first in Oregon – to have all staff trained in the ALICE procedures (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.) The updated protocols in ALICE are recommended by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education, the Department of Justice, and more. This strategy empowers staff and students with more options during a life-threatening emergency, the kind we all hope never happens.
Prior to adopting the ALICE protocol our lockdown procedures involved our staff locking classroom and office doors, moving all students to a part of the room where they could not be seen (as much as possible), where they quietly remained until an announcement was given that indicated the event had passed. The philosophy of ALICE is to use communication so that staff and students can make informed decisions in a crisis, including removing as many people as possible from the danger zone if necessary. And it encourages active responses like barricading doors to enhance safety in a major emergency.
Our district initially implemented ALICE training for all staff including practice lockdown drills (with staff only) to tighten our procedures before introducing it to students. The last two years we included students in the training, introducing them to the protocol with different discussions and videos appropriate for students at the elementary and secondary levels.
Here’s a link to our Safety Training videos for the middle and high school levels. And here are our Safety Training videos for the elementary level.
Each time we train we learn what further improvements need to be made. We have also learned that increased communication during a lockdown is a positive change. Many teachers and parents report that this simple change in procedure greatly reduced the level of anxiety for both students and parents.
Danebo completed a training in the ALICE protocol with students and staff in October and will complete another one within the next two months. Following each drill our staff debriefs the experience in an effort to further understand what changes we must make to continue improving safety for all students and staff. We will continue to share our plans with you as we work together to ensure a safe school environment.
Finally, we encourage students (and staff) that if they see something, say something. Most of the school shooters have told someone or hinted at their intentions before the shooting started. We believe the time taken for these trainings is well worth it. The safety of your children remains our top priority.
As always, please contact Mari Ford (firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-688-8735) if you have any questions.