Words Matter Week will be observed throughout the district the week of February 1-5. This program seeks to focus attention on name calling in schools and to provide students and educators with the inspiration to launch an ongoing dialogue about the impact of words so they can eliminate name calling in their communities.
At our school, we recognize the importance of building empathy, teaching respect
and increasing understanding about the impact that words have on students' well-being. A survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report that students aged 9 to 13 consider name calling the worst kind of verbal bullying; and that threatening words and taunting, based on race or appearance, have as much negative impact as does physical bullying. According to the study, students who regularly experience verbal and nonverbal forms of bullying report hurt feelings, low self-esteem, depression, living in fear and torment, poor academic achievement, physical abuse, and suicide. Words Matter Week is one way in which we are responding to these upsetting statistics.
Our students will have the opportunity to participate in activities all week that will help them understand the impact of verbal bullying and teach them strategies for ending name calling. PTA's Inclusion & Diversity committee, in collaboration with our LOPTA and administration, has coordinated our activities.
Mary Kaiser, parent at LO, has been working closely with us to bring a meaningful week to our school. We hope that Words Matter Week will help all of us consider the weight of the words we use and make our school community a safer, healthier place for all.
We enthusiastically encourage your support of this week.
Important: Traffic Safety: There have recently been more accidents and near misses around the community and school. Please do the following to help keep everyone safe:
Please use the LO pick-up/drop-off system. Carpool in front of the school is for those who stay in their cars and pick up their students. Make sure your name placard is visible to help move keep the line.
- Do NOT leave your car in the carpool lane. Staff will attempt to locate your student by using the radio to check the office and blacktop.
- Use Blacktop Pick-Up if you walk and/or park your car to meet students. Students should wait on their class line number for parents/guardians/sitters. Leave by using the access road by B5 or the K-building stairs or the access road by the park.
- For safety, there is NO playing allowed on the play structures during arrival or dismissal times. Even if students are with their parents, we are trying to clear the blacktop and do not allow any play until 15 minutes after school lets out.
- Be respectful of our neighbors and our community. Model respect in front of our students.
- Watch for students on bikes and scooters. All students should be wearing helmets when riding - it's the law and it's for safety. Students may not ride bikes or scooters on the blacktop.
There is a no parking zone in front of the Kinder area. Do not double park and walk in to get your student.
- Slow down and be mindful of each other. We know many of you are in a rush to drop off or pick up students at other schools, or to get somewhere after school. Still, remember caution first.
- The city is completing a TRAFFIX route analysis study analyzing intersections around our school. The intersections being studied are East Branch/Sherwood Dr. and Sherwood Dr./Melbourne Way. We will keep families informed on the study results. Please feel free to send comments to me and/or the City of San Ramon.