Parent Newsletter

January 9, 2019

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From the Office

Dear Parents and Guardians,


As discussed in last month's parent newsletter, and probably commonly discussed at home, technology and social media play a significant role in the lives of today's teenagers. Last month we shared some tips on how to minimize digital drama and cyber-bullying. This week, we are encouraging you to set limits for your child on social media, notify school if you have concerning reports from social media, and inform you about the popular apps and platforms the students are accessing.


This week you received an email about social media activity that had possible safety implications for our students. We strongly encourage you to have daily conversations with your students about what they are seeing, posting, and discussing on social media. We are grateful for the families and students who have reached out to us this year with general social media concerns, and hope to have this open communication between families and the school continue for the safety and well being of our students.


There is a variety of research that has lead us to encouraging parents to have students turn in their phones at least two hours before bed time. There is almost nothing positive that occurs on social media after 9:00 pm. We strongly support students having their devices turned off and in the care of their parents or guardians after 9:00 pm. Should you decide as a family to take it a step further and honor the research supported practice of two hours before bed, even better!


If your child has an iPhone or iPad and it has been updated with the latest software, there are limits you can set in their settings under screen time feature that will limit their access to certain apps as you choose. You can determine time frames and how many minutes you want them to have access to each app, as well as block certain apps at your discretion.


All social media apps are blocked on school issued iPads. However, many of our students have cell phones or other personal electronic devices that are used to access social media platforms. We have a number of apps that we are encouraging parents to be aware of due to the potential social/emotional damage they can cause. These apps are often accessed via cell phones or other devices.

 

Kik and WhatsApp are popular instant messaging or texting apps that are disconnected from your cell phone provided plan, thus taking away the ability of parents to monitor who and how often your student is messaging.

 

Burn Note, Line, YikYak, Whisper, Ask.fm, Secret, Gossup, and Cloaq, or any app that allows the user to post anonymously is also dangerous as they provide a platform to post about people without having to face any ramifications for what they write. Although there is room for positive interactions and experiences on these apps, they are more often used for negative or hurtful discussion between teens. Image and video sharing apps, such as Houseparty, Snapchat, Vine and Poke also have the potential for negative social emotional effects. Users of these apps have no control over what their viewer does with the pictures or videos sent. Screen shots and reposting are common issues that students often do not think about before sending snaps, or pokes.

 

Finally, we want to encourage parents to be aware of live chat apps, such as Houseparty, that allow students to talk to friends, acquaintances, or even random people. Apps that connect users to completely random and unknown other users include ChatRoulette and Omegle.

 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to someone at school if you have a concern regarding the safety of your students. We are here to support, and care deeply about the students and families in our community.

 

Clark Doten, Principal 763-745-6010

Ashley Farrington, Associate Principal 763-745-6011

Rob Rimington, Dean of Students 763-745-6031

Aimee Largent, Grade 6 School Counselor 763-745-6089

Erin Gates, Grade 7 School Counselor 763-745-6036

Ross Nelson, Grade 8 School Counselor 763-745-6106

Andria Swanson, School Social Worker 763-745-6147

Reminders

Intramural Activities

  • Spanish Club starts January 23 and runs Bi-monthly through May 1.
  • Athletic Movement & Performance (formally Running Club) Mondays in the dome.
  • History Bowl starts January 10 at 8 a.m. After first day, day will be changed to Tuesday mornings.
  • Girls Coding Club - Meets Mondays after school. Open for registration
  • Science! Two sessions - Mondays or Wednesdays beginning February 11 and 15.

Athletics

For more information, please visit the Activities and Athletics webpageNo experience necessary.

6th Grade Blue and Green Teams at Wolf Ridge

Our Blue and Green teams are now up at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.  Check out the Twitter page to see what they are up to.

Registration Information/8th Grade Parent Orientation Night

Parents with students heading to Wayzata High School next year are invited to a parent orientation on January 15 from 6-9 p.m. at Wayzata High School in Auditorium 1.

Reminders

Tips for Parents

Do you need to pick your student up early?  We would like to have them in the front office waiting for you, ready to go when you arrive.  Please notify the attendance office early in the day that your student will need an early dismissal pass by either calling, 763-745-6055, sending a note with your student, or entering   on Skyward.  Last minute pick ups can be delayed due to time needed and available to locate your student. 

Wolf Ridge Extra Outerwear Needed

The 6th grade classes are looking for the following donations for the upcoming Wolf Ridge trip. All items may be used but must be in good, functional condition. Please turn in donations to the office. Contact Linda Grey at ljgrey88@gmail.com with any questions.

  • Warm Winter Boots
  • Ski Mittens or Gloves (nothing knitted)
  • Snow Pants
  • Wool Socks
  • Winter Jackets
  • Long Underwear
  • Hats
  • Scarves

Volunteer Needs

PTA News

 
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Please join us for our next PTA meeting Tuesday, January 15, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in room A406. Learn about the latest happenings and connect with other parents and our principal.

Around the District

Wayzata Special Education Advisory Council Transition & Recreational Resource Fair for Parents
You’re invited to come and meet representatives from selected organizations that provide programming for students with special needs February 5, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Keynote speaker and four panels offering question/ answer format for school-to-school transitions at each school level. View the flyer for more information.


Wayzata Legislative Action Committee (LAC) Update
In December, Wayzata LAC heard from Scott Croonquist, Executive Director, Association of Metropolitan School Districts (AMSD). Scott discussed approval of the AMSD legislative platform and legislative priorities for the 2019 Legislative Session. Cheryl Polzin, Wayzata School Board member, shared the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) Legislative Agenda, which includes a resolution to fund all School Safety Grants. The committee discussed the work before Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate, and the DFL-controlled House of Representatives. The LAC will continue to work on position papers for approved 2019 Platform.

In January, Senator Ron Latz (Senate District 46) joined the LAC to hear from the committee and to share his view on the 2019 Legislative Session. Jody Remsing, Wayzata Public Schools Director of Special Services, presented on the Senate E-12 Education Policy Committee hearings in November 2018 regarding policy proposals that will help to address the special education cross-subsidy.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Monica Dawson, LAC Citizen Chair, or visit the District website. Visit the Minnesota Legislature website to learn who represents you.


Partners in Prevention Logo

Ask Ali the tough questions you might be too scared to ask in person. Alison Wobschall, M.A., director of Partners in Prevention, is a psychologist with 14 years of experience in prevention. She has a special passion for healthy brain development. Submit any questions you have regarding topics surrounding substances, mental health, and parenting strategies.


Community Education

Check out our addition of Discover Racquetball with Life Time! Grades 3-12, beginners welcome! Register here.

Birchview Ski and Snowboard Club - registration ends Jan 15 for session 2, register here.

New Youth and Adult Enrichment catalog is online now! Check out all our offerings here!

Upcoming Event:
Young Scientist Roundtable - Keeping Bees on Their Six Feet
Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 p.m. at Central Middle School
Event is free. 


Calendar

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
All day
 
Thursday, January 10, 2019
All day
 
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Friday, January 11, 2019
All day
 
Monday, January 14, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Thursday, January 24, 2019
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
 
Monday, January 28, 2019
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM