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Upcoming Events
 
District Announcements
Arcadia Unified Launching Full-Day Kindergarten and TK Program!
The Arcadia Unified School District will begin full-day Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten programs next school year, Fall 2016. The current half-day TK and Kindergarten programs will be expanded to a full-day schedule and available to all Arcadia Unified students. Read more here.
Holly Avenue Tribute Video
The very thoughtful students and staff at Holly Avenue Elementary School created this video to show their support of a Holly Avenue teacher who is recovering from surgery after battling breast cancer. We have such an amazing and supportive community. Thank you all.
School Announcements
Join us for Walk to School Day
Citizenship Counts!
This month's Character Counts Pillar is: Citizenship.  Good citizens play by the rules and work for the common good!
"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." - John F. Kennedy.

This means:
  • Respect Authority
  • Do your share 
  • Obey laws and rules 
  • Volunteer to keep your school and community safer and cleaner 
Our assembly will be held on May 13, 2016 @ 8:20 AM (grades 4 & 5), 10:30 AM (grades TK-1) and 2:00 PM (grades 2-3).  Holly families are invited to WEAR PURPLE & dive in for character! 
Internet Safety Resources
Holly Avenue Internet & Phone Safety Night
 
Helpful Websites
Both of these websites offer tips to parents for talking with your teens about phone and computer safety.
 
http://www.commonsensemedia.org              http://www.onguardonline.gov
 
http://www.bewebsmart.com                          http://www.safeteens.com
 
Suggestions for Parents:
 
  1. If your kids have a cell phone, ask your internet and cell provider about the options they have for parental monitoring and control.  Most providers have quite a few different levels of monitoring and control that you can use.   Many parental control options are not very expensive (some are as low as $5) and can added on your regular service package on a monthly basis..  Some options allow you to turn off certain phones at certain times of the evening, monitor texts, app usage, etc.
  1. Keep your computer in a central location so that you can keep an eye on what your kids are doing. 
  1. Be familiar with the most recent apps that kids and teens are using.  Do a periodic search on www.google.com or www.yahoo.com with terms like “dangerous apps for kids and teens”.  This will bring up multiple articles with various takes on recent apps that tweens and teens are using.  Read more than one article as some do not list all of the dangerous apps.  Some of the websites listed above, especially www.commonsensemedia.org, have detailed descriptions and reports about some of these apps., so they are a great place to start your search. 
  1. Talk regularly with your kids about the possible dangers of various apps.  The two websites listed above have helpful suggestions about how to start those conversations.
  1. Check your kids privacy settings on your phone and computer (check theirs as well if applicable).  Even in safe apps and websites, location settings that are turned on may make them more vulnerable to being found by strangers.  Sometimes privacy settings can be controlled on the settings page of the phone/computer, but sometimes they also need to be set on each app or program.
  1. Talk to your kids about the liabilities associated with defaming others online.  Not only is talking about others mean, but some kids have faced serious consequences with schools and law enforcement for bullying and/or defaming kids online. 
  1. Many websites and apps such as facebook have minimum age requirements for kids.  This is done for a reason.  Many of these sites contain inappropriate content for kids.  Do your research before you let your kids sign up.
 
  1. Know who your kids are talking to and talk about the importants of not talking with strangers on apps or online.  Educate your kids and warn them that people are not always who they say that they are.  It is easy for strangers to pretend to be someone else online.
  2. Set limits for screen time.  Research shows that too much screen time can be detrimental for brain development, especially in younger kids.  Too much screen time can also be detrimental for kids social development. 
 
Parental Control Software:
 
The following are a couple of articles about software that is available to help you keep an eye on your son’s daughter’s computer usage.  These lists should get you started, but once you decide you like a few of the programs then you may want to research reviews on those programs before your final purchase.  Please know that First Avenue is not endorsing these products.  Our desire is to show you some of the software options that are available so that you have a good start on your research.
 
http://www.topsoftwarereviews.net/
 
http://www.webwatcher.com/parental-control-software
 
http://buy.norton.com/en-us/mf/productDetails/MggKMjExMDk3ByIwMDAxMDAwAw==/
 
Ways that Students Can Hide Apps:
 
There are many ways for students to hide apps so that parents don’t know that they are using certain apps.   I found the following sides just by googling “hiding apps”.   Again, this is not a definitive list, but a great way to get started on your research.
 
http://www.ehow.com/how_7676136_hide-iphone-apps.html
 
http://osxdaily.com/2013/03/28/hide-apps-iphone-ipad/
 
http://www.appszoom.com/android_applications/hid 
 
Other Helpful Articles:
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/blog/11-sites-and-apps-kids-are-heading-to-after-facebook
 
For Older Teenagers:
An interesting article for parents with teens who drive:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/apps-for-parents-curb-distracted-teen-drivers/2014/04/19/2346c724-c802-11e3-bf7a-be01a9b69cf1_story.html?wprss=rss_traffic
 
Suggested Reading
 
This book is a great read for teaching kids social behavior and responsibility related to social media and screen time.
 
Growing Up Social by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane
 
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=growing%20up%20social&sprefix=growing+up+s%2Caps

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