Dear Parents and Guardians,
Peace be with you. The second week of Advent gives us the opportunity to seek, understand and embrace peace. Peace with each other, peace of mind and peace within our hearts of our worries and fears. Understanding peace and living in peace bring us closer to each other and our Lord. At SMSA, in partnership with all stakeholders we strive for peace in our community of learners.
One way we do this is the Principal Pen award. Each week approximately twelve students receive recognition for living the Ledger Way. They are noticed for the good actions they choose and how they influence others around them in a positive way.
Our school counselors, teachers, staff and administration are committed to guiding students to understand themselves and the world of relationships around them. They seek to understand and guide students through issues students encounter and grow through as they learn about themselves and each other. It’s a complex world as each student goes through developmental stages in understanding relationships.
Finally, the LLC (Ledger Legacy Club) was initiated this year. The LLC gave the opportunity for our eighth grade students to join this club and learn leadership. The LLC is charged with reflection, empathy and service to the community. We meet weekly on Monday. The spirit in these student leaders is captivating and energizing.
Thank you for taking this amazing journey with us and choosing us as a partner in developing leaders of tomorrow. May you find peace this Advent season.
School Safety/Supportive Resources
Click here for a link to support Ledgers at SMSA. It may also be found on our website.
Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Parents will be notified if/when incidents of bullying occur. Repeat incidents of bully type behavior will result in a team meeting of parent/s, school staff members, and administration to design a plan of action to curb inappropriate behaviors.
School Safety/Upcoming Initiatives
Every Ledger’s safety is the top priority for all who serve at the Springs. As such, SMSA takes responsibility to establish and conduct various safety audits and drills throughout the school year. Parents likely remember fire and tornado drills from your previous school days. As required by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and in partnership with local and regional educational leaders and first responders from healthcare and law enforcement, SMSA is developing additional plans and drills to help our school community be better prepared for a variety of emergency scenarios. We believe that by establishing, communicating, and then practicing a comprehensive set of safety drills, SMSA will be best prepared to manage potentially difficult situations more effectively.
Later this month and school year, SMSA leadership shall communicate new versions of emergency plans and safety drills with parents. We plan to practice these best approaches with students, faculty and staff. Please watch for more detailed communications about safety plans and drills, and for new resources designed to help parents effectively discuss safety with their children.
At SMSA, we take school safety seriously, and strive to provide a healthy school culture and positive learning environment. We fully understand the important role parents play as our partners to accomplish this goal. It really does take everyone staying alert and working together to keep our Ledgers safe. As always, if you or your child become aware of a potentially dangerous situation that may threaten campus safety, we urge you to contact the Fond du Lac Police Department. To report life threatening urgent matters, please dial 9-1-1. To report concerns that may not be urgent, please call 920-322-3700. You may also call the elementary school main office at 920-322-8046.
Elves R Us
A big thank you goes out to all those who supported the eighth grade class with Elves R Us. The younger students were excited and loved to discuss their experiences. The eighth grade class has grown through the experience as well. It’s awesome to see them star in their roles as leaders and servant leaders in various roles within the Elves R Us project.
Thank you for your continued partnership with SMSA. Together we create a path for tomorrow’s children to achieve amazing dreams.
Elementary Principal, SMSA
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