THIS WEEK AT WEBSTER: EVACUATION DRILL: Our April Evacuation Drill is scheduled for 2:45pm on Monday, March 19th. TALENT SHOW 2018: The Talent Show is Tuesday March 20th! The school day presentation FOR STUDENTS will take place at 1:30pm and the evening event FOR FAMILIES is at6:00pm This is another one of those Webster traditions that you will not want to miss!!! Thank you Ulf and Neda Soderqvist and the PTA for all of your help with this event. SCHOOL BOARD HOLDING SPECIAL, TWO-PART MEETING: March 20, 2018 The SMMUSD Board of Education will hold a special open session meeting on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at 3 pm. in the district office board room (1651 16th St., Santa Monica, CA). The first part of the meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 3 pm, will be a workshop for Board of Education members regarding the school district’s budget for 2018-19. The second part, which will begin at 6 pm, will be the most recent analysis from School Services of California (SSC) regarding revenue-sharing scenarios for Malibu unification. During this item, the Board of Education will also have the opportunity to take action on one of the unification concepts that will be presented. The agenda for the special meeting will be posted on the district’s website: http://www.smmusd.org/board/ meetings.html The next regular board meeting will be at 5:30 pm on April 12, 2018, in the district office board room. GRADE 5 TO 6 EVENTS: Parents will have another opportunity to learn about Malibu Middle and the transition at a parent night on March 21st at 5:30pm and the students will have their visit during the school day on March 22nd. JOG-A-THON: Friday, March 23rd. Thank you Lindsey Weisenberg for chairing this very popular event and to our PTA for all of their help! UPCOMING DATES: SPRING BREAK: March 26-April 6. Please plan all vacations during this time. We are unable to approve short term independent study requests before or after the school holiday. BOOK DRIVE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT: Rooms 7 (Mrs. Harris) and 14 (Mrs. Nix) will be collecting gently used children’s books on April 9 and 10, right when we return from Spring Break. We hope families can use part of their vacation time to go through their bookshelves for books they are ready to pass on to other children. These books will benefit New Heights Charter School, which is in need of classroom libraries and where some students don’t own any books at home. Please help by donating any books that would be appropriate for K-5th grade. Every single book makes a difference in a child’s life! Deadline to turn in books: April 10 SCIENCE MONTH: Our PTA is currently planning a number of events for our STEAM month in April. We will have a Family Science Night on Tuesday, April 10. Our Cain’s Arcade Science Fair will take place April 24 and 25 with a number of assemblies and lab projects happening during the month. Karin Al Hardin and Connie Jenkins are already putting in lots of hours of time to make sure our students benefit from a number of great experiences. COMMUNITY EVENTS: LCAP COMMUNITY MEETING : SMMUSD Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati invites you to a LCAP community meeting. We are seeking your input on our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). We have rescheduled our LCAP Community meetings in order to accommodate requests made from families regarding their inability to attend due to holiday plans. The new dates are as follows: April 16th in Malibu, April 24th in Santa Monica. Please review the English and/or Spanish flyers for more details. $100,000 MATCH!: The Franklin PTA has voted to approve a $100,000 match for our students! For every dollar donated to the Ed Foundation’s Annual Fund, the Franklin PTA will donate a dollar to our For Academics Endowment, up to $100,000, where it will fund additional staff and programs in perpetuity. By donating now to the Ed Foundation, you will fund arts, STEM, wellness and more for students next year and for decades to come. Thank you to Franklin PTA for this tremendous gift! Donate now. Double your impact.
Webster Families, Another school shooting rocks us to the core. As people that show up to school every day, a place we consider our home, our sanctuary - safe, it is difficult to make sense of such incidences. Like you, we become anxious every time we learn of these events and we pause, to examine our own students, our own community, and our own practices. We are deeply concerned about student safety. We have clear and established practices designed to maximize student safety. These routines/procedures are practiced on a regular basis. This allows us to ensure that students and staff are being proactive in an emergency rather than reactive. We have partnerships with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. We work very hard to ensure that students will be safe, in an emergency. In addition, our teachers and staff are vigilant in supervising our campuses. Our staff develops such strong relationships with kids and we know that letting our students know we are available to them is key! I want to remind students and parents that if you see, hear or read anything suspicious that you should report it to an adult (school staff, law enforcement) immediately. If you “SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!” Every student should have at least one adult to whom he or she feels safe reporting to. You can also report any concern to WeTip. We will continue to examine our practices as well. One example, earlier this year, some parents were upset when we implemented a pick up table and tried to limit the amount of parents walking onto campus, limiting it only to volunteers who had pre-scheduled volunteer work. While we did this primarily to minimize disruption to instruction, it is also a safety measure. We will continue to look at our school practices and I am confident that the school board and community will continue to engage in conversations around additional larger measures. Together, we can create safe environments for students both at home and on campus. For additional resources, please visit: https://www.pta.org/home/family-resources/safety/School-Safety Patrick Miller, Principal