February Parent Update

posted Feb 12, 2021, 12:09 PM by Greg Williams

The winter weather is here in a big way.  Please be sure to review plans with your children in the event that school is canceled or in the event that school is dismissed early.  We are currently on calamity day 3.  We will begin “blizzard bag” online lessons if we reach day 6.

Winter mornings have been very cold.  Please be sure to contact your school if your family needs help with obtaining warm jackets, hats and gloves for the trip to and from school. 

Free and Reduced Lunch Forms

The district percentage of students qualified for free/reduced lunch is still significantly lower than typical years.  This percentage is used to determine federal funding for the district.  If your child has participated in the program in past years, or you think your family may qualify this year, we encourage you to fill out an application for this year so that state and federal agencies have accurate data to determine school funding for next year.  The electronic application can be accessed by visiting the Parent/Student resources section of the district website.

Remote Learning Days: February 25 and 26

All in-person students will be learning from home on February 25th and 26th.  Dixie staff will be receiving vaccinations on the 25th.  Due to the significant percentage of people who have a moderate reaction to the vaccine that would cause them to miss work the next day, the 26th will also be a remote learning day to avoid the need to place students in groups larger than our typical classrooms for supervision and instruction.

New Lebanon Counselor Recommended Resources

The Dixie counseling staff strives to support student and family mental wellness through a variety of supports and resources.  Please take a look at the recommendations for February.

What Teens and Parents Should Know About Digital Abuse (https://www.verywellfamily.com/teens-and-digital-dating-abuse-5100828?utm_campaign=parent_tod&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=22855759&utm_term=list_gl_dt_vfm-footer)

With the increase in the use of technology, the need for parents and students to recognize when electronic communication is used to manipulate students is more important than ever.

42 Conversation Starters for Kids

(https://www.verywellfamily.com/conversation-starters-for-kids-4160004?utm_campaign=parent_tod&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=22789627&utm_term=list_gl_dt_vfm-footer)

Includes conversation starters to spark educational and life-learning talks between parents and kids.

What Every Parent Needs to Know About TikTok

(https://www.verywellfamily.com/what-every-parent-needs-to-know-about-tiktok-4801188?utm_campaign=parent_tod&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=22666207&utm_term=list_gl_dt_vfm-footer)

Includes a review of potentially harmful aspects of Tik Tok to help parents tailor the app for safer use.

Power of Positive Parenting

These online seminars are sponsored by the Montgomery County Educational Service Center and the ADAMHS Board.  There are two upcoming online events:

Raising Confident, Competent Children, 2/15/21, 7pm.  Register at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctdeirqz8rHtAUliTWlbn5w1WHLQJw6_fa


Raising Competent Teenagers (Ages 13+), 2/24/21, 6 pm.  Register at

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrfuGgqDItE9HDuW-kEZEKdL9TIvea6JnI

Tech Fest

Tech Fest is typically an in-person STEM event held at Sinclair College each year.  Due to COVID 19 concerns, the event will be held virtually this year.  We encourage all of our families to join the event this weekend (Feb 13-14) for amazing experiments, demonstrations and informational videos. (techfestdayton.org)

Ohio Lottery Partners in Education

The Ohio Lottery’s Partners in Education program honors teachers and students who are working hard throughout the state. We hope that you will nominate your favorite teachers and students today! Click on it to find out more. Recognizing great teachers and students is fun, fast and free! (https://www.ohiolottery.com/About/Partners-in-Education)

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