MonthMay 2015

How to Increase Safety in Schools

lockers-94959_1280Are we safe? Every day when I turn on the news there is without fail stories about shooting, rape, and murder. Although most of us would not like to admit it, our world does not seem to be getting any safer. As in any situation, most psychologists would say that the first step to resolving a problem is coming to the realization that there is an issue. We must first come to terms with the reality that our lives and the lives of our children could potentially be in danger. According to the research by Everytown.org, school shootings continue to increase as time goes on. In the graph displayed below, I mapped out a chart showing the gradual and then sudden increase in school shootings from 2000 to 2014.

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Based on the chart above, from 2012 to 2014, school shootings began to dramatically increase with more than 10 school shootings a year. In addition, the amount of shootings in 2014, one-year period, was almost equal to the amount of school shootings in a 10-year period. Indeed, the need for increased security is clearly evident in the facts. There are many reasons as to why school shootings have increased. Some might say it is because we need stricter gun laws due to the fact that people do not stress safety in the homes of those who own guns. Others believe that some children with mental disabilities are going undiagnosed by schools and families causing life-threatening results to their peers, as well as to themselves. Lastly, another suggestion is the thought that we were once a country founded on Christian principles and now with God taken out of schools, as a result, violence in schools has increased. Nevertheless, the fact is that schools today face sometimes life-threatening situations.

Once we realize that schools are not absent from violence, the second step would be to take action. One way to help increase safety in schools is finding a school security program. Parentglue is a program that helps parents and school administrators increase communication, as well as safety. As part of the Parentglue program, they are launching their newest product called SonarCloud. The purpose of SonarCloud is for principals to have easy access to the P.A. system from anywhere inside and outside the school building. This will allow principals the ability to quickly announce an emergency lock down from their smart-phone. SonarCloud is highly secured with code identification as well as backup for when a wireless system is temporarily down. The device will also include a panic button that will be sent out to 911 if the situation is potentially life threatening. SonarCloud is expected for released in June of 2015. If you are interested in having SonarCloud in your school please contact Parentglue at info@parentglue.com or call them at 1-888-874-6551.

 

Jack Martin, President of The Martin Group and retired Chief of School Police once stated… Three reasons why school security fails: “It can’t happen here.” “We can’t afford it.” “We don’t have the time to do all that.”  

 

Do you want to be a change agent? Do you not want to be another school statistic? Learn more about how you can make a difference in your school at www.parentglue.com.

 

Celebrate Mother’s Day by Making Your Home Safer

baby-17327_640Mother’s are one of the most influential people in a child’s life. Moms Demand Action organization provides material and other great resources on how you can make your child’s life safer. Melissa Joan Hart recently did an awareness campaign for Moms Demand Action, as provided below, explaining how as moms you can make your homes more secure. Take a look for yourself.

Happy Mother’s Day from our families to yours!

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How to Show Your Teachers You Appreciate Them

apple-256261_12802! 4! 6! 8! Who do we appreciate? Teachers! Teachers! Gooooo…teachers!

Get excited because next week is National Teacher’s Week! Around the country, several students will be thanking their teachers for the impact they have on their lives. Teachers are rarely recognized for the dedication and hard work they implement in their classrooms. As educators, they become their students’ doctor, psychologist, caregiver, coach, and much more. The many hats they wear are endless. When we look at our calendars we see days of celebration for moms and dads, so why not teachers?

Before World War II, there was no established day for teachers. In the year “1944, Ryan Krug, a teacher from Wisconsin began talking to educational and political leaders about establishing a day to honor teachers” (Holistory.com). However, the movement started gaining buzz when first lady Eleanor Roosevelt received a letter explaining the importance of having a day recognize the importance of teachers. Eleanor responded by convincing Congress to establish a National Teacher Day. Due to the dedication of its forerunners, we now celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day May 5th, of every year.

To celebrate National Teacher Day, here is a poem for parents to share with their child’s teacher.

Our Children all Need Great Teachers Like You

You once had a choice
And you chose to teach
And every day
It’s our children you reach

You make the difference
In the life of each child
Those that are quiet
And those that are wild

It’s the way that you teach
You do it so well
They look up to you
And think you are swell

You teach from your heart
That’s plain to see
They think you’re divine
And we all agree

Please never forget
And remember it’s true
Our children all need
Great teachers like you

We appreciate you
And we value your time
And if you should forget
Please re-read this rhyme

 

If you are a parent and are interested in making your child’s teacher feel special next week, here are some other ideas:

  1. Dinner in a bag: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/271412315015318750/
  2. There’s “muffin” like a great teacher bag: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/113434484340326027/
  3. M & M bag: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/113434484338671221/
  4. Hang congratulatory or thankful banners on the classroom doors.
  5. Have the community contribute gifts and gift certificates for teacher gift baskets.
  6. Write a personal “Thank You” note to special teachers.

 

Resources:

Poem:

http://www.all-unique-fundraising-ideas.com/teacher-appreciation-poem.html

History of National Teacher Day:

http://www.holistory.com/history-of-national-teacher-day/

Gift ideas:

pinterest.com

http://www.wincalendar.com/National-Teacher-Day

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