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 Principal’s Log 2.19

Dear TMS Families,

After some difficult conversations with my children at home about current events, I realized that we are currently experiencing a period of concentrated uncertainty in our lives. The Media is full of controversial and stress-producing information and our children have unprecedented access.  I could list the events that have occurred recently as examples, but I believe we could all quickly do that for ourselves. What’s important, is that we can offer support when they have questions or display behaviors that make us wonder about their well-being. 

For me, turning to outside sources can be helpful. So, this week I’m offering you this article from Common Sense Media called: “How to Talk to Kids About Difficult Subjects.” It is written by fellow parent Caroline Knorr. I will summarize its advice for engaging teens but, I invite you to read the entire article at your leisure.

 Teens seem to think they know everything and hesitate to ask questions so:

  1. Talk with them about what you see and back into the conversation without asking specific questions.
  2. Stay open-ended and unbiased in your approach so that you encourage dialogue.
  3. Make sure that teens know that it’s ok to be conflicted and unsure. The Media tends to paint things in black or white. Try and revel in the complexities and grey areas.
  4. Reveal your feelings and vulnerabilities but be careful not to cross into the friendship zone. As a parent, you’ll need to create boundaries. Share your values and model an understanding of different perspectives.
  5. Ask kids to grapple with different situations as simulations. Ask, “What would you do if?
  6. Teens can be both cynical and idealistic. So, point them toward hopeful ideas and solutions.  

    TMS families, I invite you to consider these ideas and I look forward to our continued partnership as the school year continues. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

My very best,

Greg Stiefel

https://twitter.com/GregStiefel

 


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  • BOE Regular Meeting (Budget Review)

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This Week's Links

  • Join us at Handbang Bingo on Feb. 13!

    Join us at the 4th Annual Designer Handbag Bingo! [Read More]

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  • Building Bridges is Back! February 24-28

    Building Bridges: Understanding People with Different Abilities is back for its 6th year at WEC. [Read More]

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  • Spring Social Raffle Donations

    Help make the upcoming Spring Social a success by donating to help purchase event raffle items! [Read More]

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  • Fundraiser Announcement: Little Caesars Pizza Kits!

    Announcing our latest fundraiser: Little Caesars Pizza Kits! These convenient kits contain all the ingredients to make wholesome and delicious pizza, specialty breads and cookies at home in minutes. [Read More]

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  • Join Us for a New York Yankees Game in 2020!

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  • Annual PTA Spring Social - Save the Date!

    The Annual PTA Spring Social will take place on Friday, March 27th, 2020. [Read More]

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    Stay up-to-date on all PTA news via our brand new website. [Read More]

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District News

  • Advocacy Committee

    The Tuckahoe Board of Education is soliciting parent/guardian members to serve on the Advocacy Committee. The Advocacy Committee will advise the Board of Education on effective methods of influencing public policy and the distribution of public resources to the benefit of our district's students while remaining mindful of the impact on our taxpayers.
     

    Individuals interested in serving on the committee are asked to send a letter of interest and resume to the district clerk at treuell@tuckahoeschools.org no later than Friday, January 24, 2020.
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  • District Wellness Committee Members

    The Tuckahoe Board of Education is soliciting parent/guardian members to serve on the District Wellness Committee. The District Wellness Committee will serve in an advisory capacity to assist the Board of Education in making informed decisions in the development, implementation, monitoring, review, and, as necessary, revising of nutrition and physical activity regulations/guidelines/practices.

     
    Individuals interested in serving on the committee are asked to send a letter of interest and resume to Paul Tobin at tobinp@tuckahoeschools.org no later than Friday, January 24, 2020.

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  • Superintendent Search Forum & Information

    The Tuckahoe Union Free School District Board of Education is beginning its search for the next Superintendent of Schools and is seeking community views concerning the qualities that are most important in a new superintendent. A second public forum for all interested community members will be held at 6:30pm on January 9, 2019 in the Tuckahoe Middle School/High School Library. The survey remains open:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CNP7KKC

    Click here to read more.

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  • Upcoming Board of Education Meetings

    January 6, 2020 Workshop

    January 13, 2020 Regular Meeting

    Agendas, policies & meeting information located in BoardDocs

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  • Support Our Student Athletes

    Come out and cheer on our teams! View game schedules here. Family and friends who can’t make it to a game can now watch on a dedicated video channel, at https://events.locallive.tv/schools/tuckahoeny

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    The information contained in the flyers on this page are solely being presented by the organizers, and are not researched by, endorsed, nor approved by the Tuckahoe Union Free School District.  The School District accepts no liability for any information contained within or obtained by parents/guardians or any damages or losses directly or indirectly as a result of the information provided by the organizers. Any issues with any of these resources should be directly reported to that organization.

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