LOGOS SCHOOL UPDATE – 2014-15 – #7

LOGOS SCHOOL UPDATE – 2014-15 – #7

 

General

Two Weeks Left: There are only two weeks left in the first quarter. This is a good time to check grades on Renweb (grades 2-12) and make sure that your student is ready to finish the quarter strong!

 

Elementary

Speech Meet: Speech Meet selections are to be memorized by Friday, October 10.

 

Parent/Teacher Conferences (October 23 & 24): All elementary families will receive an email this week with details on how to sign up. If you don’t receive an email by Thursday evening, please contact the front office. We are looking forward to meeting with you!

 

Pink Slips: So far this year we have sent pink slips home for behavior concerns but used email to communicate about academic issues. I’ve heard from parents and teachers that emails have not been as effective (the email may come home a day or two before or after the paper comes home, or the students may not be in the email loop of communication at all). Thanks for your patience as we have experimented with this. We’ll return to using pink slips for academics next week.

 

Secondary

Honors Classes: For students who received an honors acceptance letter, honors class fees ($25 per class) are due this Friday. Please make a check out to Logos School and turn it in to the appropriate teacher.

PSAT: The 10th and 11th graders will be taking the PSAT next Wednesday morning in the gym.

Elementary Romance

Each year I make a point of speaking to the 2nd – 6th grade students about a fascinating and sometimes delicate oxymoron – elementary romance. I am very pleased to say that this has not been an issue that Logos elementary students have struggled with in recent memory nor do I have grave concerns this year. My primary goal is that we maintain a positive school culture in which students do not feel pressure to “grow up” too fast in this area. Over the past week I’ve stopped in for this year’s installment, and I thought it would be good for you all to know what I had to say to the students and what my expectations are in this area. First of all, the school policy for the elementary and secondary reads, “Public displays of romantic affection are not permitted at school or school activities.” My interpretation of a public display of romantic affection is very narrow. Any singling out of a person of the opposite sex, and anything that you could do to earn yourself the title of “an item” fall into this category. The discussion with the 2nd – 6th graders usually begins with me asking how old they are, and then following up by asking how old they think they will be when they get married. After clarifying, for the sake of the boys, that most people do not wait until they are 37 to marry, we move on to the application. The short form is that these students are a lifetime or more away from getting married, and any preliminary negotiations are absolutely inappropriate in the elementary. I am strongly against silly talk about who likes whom, and I am thoroughly opposed to premature pairing up (in the elementary and secondary). There is far too much fun and hard work for us to keep ourselves occupied with to give attention to cheap soap operas. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

 

 

Cheers,

 

Matt Whitling