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Panther News 9/21/20
Stephanie Oliphant
Monday, September 21, 2020

Palermo Consolidated School

Panther News

                                               9/21/2020

SCHOOL NEWS:

As expected, we have started dealing with cold symptoms and having to make tough decisions regarding when students should stay home or come to school. We have sent home guidelines and we will continue to update the information when we receive changes. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our nurse, Deb Langis.

Please make sure students have jackets each day. Students are outside a lot while the weather is nice. The students who claim "I am fine" when asked if they have a jacket are also the ones we find hiding to avoid going outside or are shivering. It can be windy here at school! Also, students must wear shoes that support active movement on the playground.

New playground equipment is coming. We are planning to replace the swings, improve the basketball court, and add a sandbox. We will need some help installing them so we will keep you posted when there is an opportunity to help.

Palermo School Club - if you are interested in helping with activities and events throughout the year, please contact Danielle Reitchell at palermoschoolclub@gmail.com

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Soccer Practice:  Monday Until 4:00;  Tuesday and Thursday until 3:30 at the Field off Turner Ridge.  

Game schedule is available.  Click Here 

**On the day of the game, players will stay at school with Coach and bussed to the field/ town. RSU#12 is allowing spectators at home and away games - please try to limit the number of spectators.  We will be requiring all spectators to wear masks and to social distance (unless you are of the same family).  

Tuesday, September 29:

Palermo @  Chelsea 4:00 We typically do not provide transportation after the game, BUT if you need us to provide bussing back home please let us know.

Thursday, October 1 

Whitefield @  Palermo 3:45

From the Principal’s Desk:  

Staff at Palermo Consolidated School are learning about using Restorative Practices as an approach to address behavior challenges. Restorative practices use inclusiveness, relationship-building and problem-solving as strategies to teach conflict resolution.   Instead of punishment, students are encouraged to reflect on and take responsibility for their actions and come up with plans to repair harm.   Typically, we use a circle format to encourage discussion but this year has been difficult due to social distancing.  We will continue to use the restorative language when we address concerns.  Some questions we ask include:  "What did you think when you realized what had happened?", "What impact has this incident had on you, on others?",  "What do you think needs to happen to make things right?"     These questions encourage students to think about their actions, put themselves in other people's shoes, and learn how to make things right.  Read more about Restorative Practices with this link:  

https://www.iirp.edu/news/restorative-practices-in-schools-research-reveals-power-of-restorative-approach-part-i

Enjoy the beautiful weather!  
Mrs. Oliphant