Join Us in Maintaining a Safe Educational Experience
I am always moved by two specific quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “The function on education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the true goal of education.”
- “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
At the heart of our effort at East Hill Elementary School is to provide the highest quality of education possible and to have students develop into amazing citizens. East Hill is dedicated to maintaining a strong partnership with parents in our effort to provide the very best education for students.
A parent and families’ love for their child is unconditional and the strongest bond that one can ever have. This is true for our East Hill team- the unconditional love and bond with our students. We want to partner with you for the safety of your child and are deeply committed to the safety of everyone on our campus.
While our primary goal is to focus on learning, efforts are ongoing to provide the safest learning environment possible for every child at East Hill Elementary School. Only by working as a school community in partnership with parents and families can we create and maintain the level of safety that we want for our children and that they certainly deserve.
We are committed to providing clear boundaries, having clear rules, not letting situations escalate and presenting a calm and caring attitude. We believe that encouraging each other, developing positive relationships, displaying acts of kindness, accountability and demonstrating respect are the key elements to having a healthy school community.
Tips for Families
The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners offers suggestions for families.
Provide Your Child with Plenty of Love & Attention
Children need attention, even if only 15 to 20 minutes of special time with you every day. Tell your children you love them often and provide them with a safe and secure home.
Foster Positive Self-Esteem
Children with positive self-esteem typically have an easier time handling conflicts and resisting negative pressures. Praise your children often. Catch your children being good.
Set Limits with Your Child
Children misbehave to get attention, assert power, or act out their frustration, anger, depression, or pain. They misbehave when rules are not clear or consistent. Therefore, parents need to set limits and make sure that their children understand them. Discipline is not the same as punishment; it is teaching children what behaviors are acceptable and not acceptable. Time out as a method of discipline works well for younger children. Appropriate consequences for negative behaviors in older children and teens might include not allowing them to watch TV, play computer games, or spend time with a friend. Be consistent in setting limits with your child.
When children have a number of responsibilities, they learn how to establish priorities and organize their time. Have your child help with household chores and participate in community service activities.
Teach Your Child How to Problem-Solve & Make Decisions
Encourage your child to problem-solve through play if he or she is younger. Older children should be encouraged to make age-appropriate decisions, such as planning what to wear for the week.
Help Your Child to Decrease Stress
Stress overload can cause children to be anxious, withdrawn or depressed.
Help your child to recognize signs of stress and develop ways to deal with stress (e.g., hobbies, humor, relaxation techniques, and pet therapy). Exercise also is a wonderful outlet for stress in children. Remember, your level of stress affects your child.
Help Your Child to Deal with their Anger in Positive Ways
Teach your child how to recognize their own angry feelings, express anger in positive ways, and learn positive ways for dealing with their anger (e.g., counting to 10; blowing the anger away, writing in a journal, exercising).
Help your child to understand and appreciate differences among people.
Get Involved in Your Child’s School & Activities
Involved parents send a strong, positive message to their children, and decrease the change that their children will engage in risk-taking behaviors.
Together We Can Ensure a Healthy School Community
As a community, we are committed to supporting students to develop the skills, passions, confidence, and resiliency to develop their utmost potential and to pursue their future goals. Keeping our children safe, working together and actively engaging in learning is the essence of achieving this goal.
Working together, we can maintain a safe educational experience for your child. Join me in stressing to your student the importance of respecting themselves and each other. As always, I welcome your comments and questions. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you should have any concerns.