Dear Columbine Families and Friends,
As I write this email blast I am watching as the float for the Parade of Lights is being built. It is going to be great fun to spend a bit of time with you this evening. It is going to be epic!
Enrollment in Boulder Valley School District
The Boulder Valley School District Open Enrollment application period runs from November 30, 2015 through January 15, 2016. If you would like your child to attend a school other than the one he or she is currently enrolled in, you must submit an application online at http://bvsd.org/openenrollment or visit the Open Enrollment office no later than 4:00 p.m., January 15, 2016. Submitting your applications after that date will result in your student being added to the bottom of any existing waitlist for that school and grade. Approval of Open Enrollment is based upon space availability and programming at the requested school.
Important Note: Students who are open enrolled to their current school, and are completing the last grade at that school, will be enrolled in their district designated neighborhood school for the next grade level unless they are accepted through Open Enrollment to another school of choice.
The BVSD Open Enrollment office is located at the Education Center, 6500 East Arapahoe Road, Boulder 80303. Phone: 720-561-5900 Email: Open.Enrollment@bvsd.org Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
“Bullying is 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. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.”
Our job is to sift through what is bullying and what is conflict between peers. To give you a couple of examples (just from last Friday), often times, I will go to investigate a bullying incident and find out that the students are actually really good friends but are too rough with each other while playing. Some girls, as they approach 4th grade, experiment with their power in a way that is pretty intense. When we get them together to solve the problem it often turns out that they are actually good friends but felt hurt when the new student that moved in started to get too much attention. Onthe bus a student threw a backpack, to be goofy I am sure, the backpack bounced on another student and then landed on a third student’s face causing a small scratch. Throwing the backpack was a bad idea but according to the definition not bullying. You get the picture. In these cases, we do the needed mediation, give consequences as needed, and send the students to the classrooms as soon as possible. Sometimes we call parents and sometimes we don’t depending on the situation. The point is that in all three cases the word bullying was used.
There have been a few cases where the infraction truly matches the definition. Getting to this point requires a lot of work because we need to give the ‘aggressive” student due process. In other words, we need to know without a doubt that the abusive behavior is happening. Remember, with few exceptions, students have the same rights that we do as adults. I also want to share that disciplinary actions need to remain confidential. That is why it makes sense when I hear concerns that an incident was reported and nothing was done about it.
While what I am about to share is not always true, a last comment that I would like to share is that more often than not, upon investigating, the bully like behaviors exhibited by the student are the result of something else like trauma, insecurity, the fact that they are themselves being bullied, etc. Sometimes the right action on our part is to offer the student and the family support.
To end, I want to ask that we continue our partnerships to combat bullying at Columbine. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 720-561-5435. On my end, I will work with the instructional staff to strengthen the preventive side. Please share with me any reports of abusive behaviors and we will continue to investigate all cases. In advance I thank you for your patience and support with this very important but imprecise work. Please follow this link for BVSD’s Bully Prevention page LINK
|December 21- January 1||
At the Opera with Daniela, Ilaria and Ilaria’s dad, Vassily
Hoping you enjoy the Winter Break, Guillermo