Dear Parents/Guardians of Fourth Graders,
I hope this letter find you all enjoying the last few days of the school year and the beginning of long, hot summer days.
We are close to the end of the academic year and want to ensure that all of our fourth graders continue to find Nottingham a safe, welcoming place to grow and learn. I wanted to bring to your attention an area of concern for Mr. Koutsouftikis and me regarding poor choices exhibited by some Knights with respect to their use of digital devices.
Mr. Koutsouftikis, the 4th grade team, Mrs. Gustafson, Dr. McCormac and I all feel it is necessary to reinforce to our Knights their personal responsibility in making smart choices regarding their digital reputation. Through a recent series of events, it has been brought to our attention that group chats on personal cell phones for 9-10 year olds can very easily be the source of children being exposed to content parents/guardians would not want their child to see.
To better assess if students were using their school iPads appropriately, we have reviewed over half of the iPads for the grade level and checked search histories to determine if students are following our acceptable use guidelines. We encourage you to speak with your child regarding safe, appropriate searches when accessing digital content. The curriculum we use in school is called Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/. APS has been developing a collection of Parent Resources – https://www.apsva.us/personalized-learning/parent-resources/. We have a Family Resource Pack on Digital Citizenship. We encourage you to take the time to explore some of these resources.
Please join the fourth grade team in celebrating your child’s growing independence. As we move through the 4th and final quarter, continue to encourage your child to share with you their weekly triumphs and challenges. Please share with your child that, as rising 5th graders, they will be the leaders of our school and as such will need to demonstrate increased personal responsibility to take control of their own actions. Being a Nottingham citizen comes with expectations to show respect for themselves, their peers and their teachers. We would appreciate you taking the time to speak with your child to reiterate the importance of making appropriate choices in order to be a good friend, classmate and citizen
Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education.
Mary Beth Pelosky