At John Muir Elementary, we are implementing "Be the Change Month" during the month of October. Students have a daily kindness challenge and weekly collaborative competitions (where working together is key to success). In addition, the school counselor will be focusing her classroom lessons on empathy and kindness. The counselor also utilizes research based bullying prevention curriculum for weekly classroom lessons all year, and leads a girls empowerment group to reduce relational aggression. Our school will be having a parent night in which the topic of bullying will be discussed, and student council has put up "Be the Change" signage throughout the school. Lastly, our school will also be participating in "The Great Kindness Challenge" in January. We want students to know that "being respectful" is not just a rule to follow, but it is also their right as a person to be respected.
Together against bullying — united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
Welcome School Counselor Ashlee O'Neal
Hello John Muir Elementary
My name is Mrs. Ashlee O’Neal, and I am your School Counselor. This is my second year as a counselor with Antioch. However, I was a high school counselor in Arizona for 3.5 years and a K-8 counselor three years prior. I’m really looking forward to getting to know you this year. I hope you’ll feel comfortable sharing with me different things that are going on in your life – challenges, successes, future goals, adventures and anything else! Please feel free to stop by the office if you would like a brochure to know more about what services I offer, and what a school counselor does
Click here for our Muir Counselor's webpage:
Have a great month!
Mrs. Ashlee O’Neal
Psssst.....look on our school counselor's web page above for fun things to do with your student over spring break!
PBIS and PAWS Praise
John Muir Elementary School is excited to be implementing the district-wide program called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). This is a comprehensive program which provides varying levels of support based on specific behavior needs of our students. School wide, all of our students are taught our school expectations, or "Trailblazer Traits". These traits are: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible. Examples of how these apply in each area of the school are taught, modeled, practiced, and reinforced.
In addition to a system of behavior supports, we provide opportunities to recognize those students who are making positive choices and demonstrating positive leadership. These opportunities occur through our PAWS Praise. PAWS Praise are tickets presented to students by staff who observe positive behavior. These tickets are entered into a weekly drawing. All tickets will be sent home weekly. If your child brings home a PAWS Praise, please discuss their positive choices with them to encourage continued safety, respect and responsibility among all members of John Muir School.
There is a PBIS Committee that meets monthly to analyze behavior and to address areas of need. As the program progresses, additional components will be implemented. Thank you for supporting this positive program.
For your information, you can check out the link below:
DID YOU KNOW?
WHAT YOU CAN DO
• Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates.
• If your child seems anxious, talk to your child's teacher.
• Develop back-up plans for getting to school.
A Caution About Absences
The laws regarding truancy have strengthened significantly. In addition to the EC penalties for parents in Section 48293, Penal Code Section 270.1 provides penalties. Please note:
Section 48293, Penal Code Section 270.1
A parent or guardian of a pupil of 6 years of age or more who is in kindergarten or any of grades 1-8, inclusive, and who is subject to compulsory full-time education or compulsory continuation education, whose child is a chronic truant as defined in Section 48263.6 of the EC, who has failed to reasonably supervise and encourage the pupil's school attendance is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment.
John Muir Elementary
615 Greystone Drive
Antioch, CA 94509
What is coming up?
Makeup Picture Day
Barnes & Noble Book Fair 3-9 pm
Candy Cane Sale
8:10-11:30 am Kindergarten
11:45 am Grades 1-5
December 23-January 6
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
School uniform colors:
Navy Blue, White, or John Muir Spiritwear.
Navy Blue or Khaki pants. NO Jeans.