Welcome to Centennial!
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Upcoming Important Dates:
Monday, October 20th – PTA Meeting: 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Friday, October 24th – Early Release
Parents: Please take a moment to look at the message below from our principal. This message will also be included in the October Bluejay Newsletter.
Greetings, Centennial Families and Happy Fall! I had a conversation last week with a parent around safety. As we spoke, it became clear to me that I wanted to do a Principal’s Corner in the near future on what we do to keep our students safe here at Centennial. Please accept this communication to inform you about some of the safety procedures and protocols we have in place.
When I think about the concept of “safety,” it is on multiple levels: there is physical, emotional and academic safety. I believe we do all three of these very well at Centennial. This month, we will address physical safety. Over the next two newsletters I will address emotional and academic safety.
The first and most fundamental place for us to start is with physical safety. At Centennial, students need to get in the door safely. We have created safe spaces in classrooms, hallways, cafeteria and outdoor areas by providing supervision and communicating clearly to students about staying in-bounds while at school. We have opened up a morning gym walking system where students can get out of the weather and stay safe and warm. I have doubled the number of adults out in front and back for supervision from two years ago. We also have our 5th grade Safety Patrol, which is coordinated by our 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Kingman, who supports safe behavior.
Here are a few of the behind the scenes things you may not know:
At Centennial, we hold a monthly Crisis Team meeting, which includes eight of our staff members – teachers, educational assistants and the principal. Together, we identify and review our existing plans, practice different scenarios, and ensure that our building is physically the safest it can be.
Every teacher has an Emergency Procedures manual in their classroom, which has quick-tabs to access information on a variety of safety protocol. It is easily identified for any adult in the room (for example, if there was a guest teacher who needed to know next steps, they can be easily found).
When I started here last year, I asked national safety expert Cathy Paine to come and do a safety assessment of our school. She came in October 2013, and together we identified a few areas to improve upon. We implemented the suggestions she identified, including the installation of blinds, an extensive review of the safety plan (Code Blue and Code Red), orange reflective vests to identify staff on supervision, protective covers for the doors and distribution of more gate keys. We walked the entire school, room by room, and identified individual needs/areas to be aware of. I covered these individually with each teacher.
Together as a school, we practice monthly fire drills and two Code Blues throughout the year. We have an all-school evacuation plan, which would transport our students to a safe place off-campus (I understand once about ten years ago we had to transport students to Hamlin due to a chemical spill in the area).
We also have a Synergy phone system to get out any information we may need to get to you. (This could be a reminder to make sure you have the correct information for us to contact you, including your emergency contact people and emails.)
Thank you for letting me share some of the systems we have in place to keep your child safe. Thank you for entrusting us with your children. If you have any ideas or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at 541.744.6383 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the very best to you – Joy Koenig, Prinicpal
1315 Aspen Street Springfield, OR 97477 541-744-6383 / FAX: 541-744-6489