THE WORD ON 3RD


SCHOOL UPDATES - WEEK OF 10/24/21

TOPICS INCLUDED: GREAT SHAKE DRILL; SPIRIT DAY & HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS; SAVE THE DATE - HOW TO TALK TO KIDS ABOUT WEIGHT; PERIODIC COVID TESTING





 

GREAT SHAKE DRILL

To provide our students an opportunity to practice emergency response procedures, we will be conducting an earthquake drill on Thursday morning. In addition to practicing stop, drop, and hold procedures, students will also rehearse evacuating to our assembly area. Families are encouraged to discuss their own family home emergency preparedness plan. The following American Red Cross webpage is an excellent resource. https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html


SPIRIT DAY & HALLOWEEN CELEBRATIONS

Spirit Day is Friday, October 29. Get out your favorite Halloween colors (black, purple, orange, and green) or Halloween-themed clothing (no costumes please) and get ready to show your school pride spooky style! There will be a fun Halloween assembly during school hours.


Depending on the grade level or individual teacher, many classrooms will also be hosting Halloween celebrations on Friday afternoon. For those rooms that are allowing costumes, the following general guidelines are in effect:


  1. Costume masks, face painting, and anything that covers the student's face are not permitted. Students will still be required a mask to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Hats, headbands, and wigs are allowed.

  2. Dress code – all regular 3rd Street dress code policies apply: including, no “revealing” clothing, appropriate shoes must be worn, etc.

  3. No real, toy, or facsimile guns/weapons (swords, play knives, etc.) are allowed.

  4. Costumes that are overly graphic (simulated blood), promote violence (e.g. Squid Game outfits) or otherwise might logically be assumed to be offensive to others are not acceptable.

  5. All costumes must be sensitive to all religious and ethnic groups; free from any language or symbols that target or inappropriately identify groups of students.

Students who wear costumes that do not conform to the costume guidelines listed above will be asked to change their clothing or sent home to acquire an appropriate alternative. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have additional questions regarding your child's classroom Halloween celebration.


SAVE THE DATE - HOW TO TALK TO KIDS ABOUT WEIGHT

Is your child struggling with poor body image? Are you worried about how to talk about weight with your family? In a culture where fat shaming is widespread, how can we address weight without making people feel bad about how they look? 3rd Street parent Janet Tomiyama will join our Community Meeting on Friday, November 5 to discuss her research on weight and fat shaming and lead a discussion on how to cultivate a healthy body image in children.


Janet Tomiyama, is a professor of Psychology at UCLA, where she also heads up the DIeting, Stress, and Health (DiSH) lab (www.dishlab.org). She is also mom to Clark Kushins, a student in Kindergarten at Third Street. Janet went to Cornell for undergrad, graduating in 2001, and got her doctorate in Psychology from UCLA, graduating in 2009. Her work has been recognized by early career awards from national organizations like the Association for Psychological Science, and has received wide media coverage from outlets like USA Today, LA Times, BBC News, NPR, and even The Onion. Her research focuses on the harmful health consequences of stress, dieting, and fat shaming.


PERIODIC COVID TESTING

Our COVID periodic testing this week will take place on Friday, October 29. Students will be able to continue to get a Daily Pass throughout the week.