Dear Students, Teachers, and Parents,
As we say goodbye to September, thank you to everyone that participated in Back to School Night. Our goal was for all visitors to to walk away with a strong sense that your children are deeply cared for and supported in their growth, development, and learning.
As October begins, we prepare for a number of important events at School. To start with, October is National Unity Month. Our students will focus on specific actions that support others in being part of a caring, inclusive, and bully free school environment. Throughout the month students will participate in anti-bullying activities, lunch opportunities, and advisory lessons focused on our first two E’s of our school Ethos, “Everyone Matters, Everyone Cares”.
October is also national Red Ribbon Week! During Red Ribbon Week our students will wear RED to raise awareness regarding the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Students will participate in learning activities focused on understanding the dangers of drug and alcohol use, especially for young adolescent children. Research in this area tells us that students benefit from participating in a wide range of activities that demonstrate how poor decisions related to drug and alcohol use can have major impacts on brain development, vehicular dangers, and severe health risks that impact entire families and our community. Working together, we will have an impact on the decisions that our students make when it comes to drug and alcohol usage.
Finally, if we focus only on the negative impacts of drugs, alcohol and bullying, we are likely to send our entire school community into severe depression! We cannot just focus on negative behaviors, we also must celebrate pro social and positive behaviors that lead to successful and happy lives. With that in mind, we will inspire our students to participate in pro-social and healthy activities that keep students engaged in school and improve student sense of belonging in their communities.
With that in mind, we end the month of October with our SPIRIT WEEK and Homecoming Parade/Carnival. We will wear school colors, have crazy hat days, dress in silly costumes for Halloween, and rally our students to march, enjoy, and celebrate homecoming weekend together.
So hold onto your hats and join us for the ride!!
Dr. Marc Ferris
505 Glen Cove Avenue
Glen Head, NY, 11545
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