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October 8, 2020 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Daybreak principal pens children's book on coping with COVID


When schools closed their doors in March, Daybreak Primary School Assistant Principal Solina Journey was struck by the feeling from walking into such a large, empty building. Without children or staff filling the classrooms and hallways, it was an emotionally challenging experience—even for a veteran educator and leader who is used to tackling a variety of new challenges every day. 

Like so many other families, Journey felt the strain from many angles. As a working mother, she thought about the experiences of countless families who must be struggling after losing jobs, child care and other support systems. With her parents in their 70s, she wanted to be cautious about potentially exposing them to a deadly virus, so she and her family kept their distance. And as a school administrator, Journey’s thoughts kept returning to the challenges from a young child’s perspective. Read more on the district website

October is Bullying Prevention Month


When adults respond quickly and consistently to bullying behavior, they send the message that it is not acceptable. Research shows this can stop bullying behavior over time.

Parents, school staff, and other adults in the community can help kids prevent bullying by talking about it, building a safe school environment, and creating a community-wide bullying prevention strategy. Visit https://www.stopbullying.gov/ for information and helpful resources. 

The Great Washington ShakeOut is Thursday, Oct. 15

Communities across Washington will participate in the Great Washington ShakeOut earthquake drill next Thursday, October 15. This is the ninth year the state has participated in the drill. During the drill, communities, families, businesses and schools will practice their drop, cover and hold skills. As with any year, you can ShakeOut when and where you want, whether that's at home, work, school, or perhaps through a video conference with people working or taking classes from home. Even if you're working or learning remotely, we can and should still practice how to be safe when the earth shakes.. 

It is also recommended that area residents make sure they are prepared for a disaster by storing enough food, water and supplies. Emergency Management has expanded the recommendation from having three days worth of supplies to having two weeks worth. For more information and additional resources, please visit www.shakeout.org/washington/.

BGeF's annual auction to be held online Oct. 15-17

The Battle Ground Education Foundation's annual auction will be held virtually this year beginning Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. and ending Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. The theme of this year's auction is "Looking Back to the 1920s" and includes some great auction items, a 50/50 raffle, an online '20s-themed costume competition, online photo booth, and more! 

Funds raised through this event are paid forward in the form of support for the school district's Family and Community Resource Center, kids in need, backpack and school supplies program, Dr. Seuss' birthday/Read Across America reading events, school libraries, arts programs and more. Visit https://bgef.ejoinme.org/BGEF20RegisterHere for more details and to get registered.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now, including a speech language pathologist, two swing shift custodians, a licensed practical nurse, a Russian parent outreach liaison, a transportation router, a gym recreation facilitator, a community education Launch program facilitator, community education referee/support staff, assistant coaches for girls basketball; cheer team; swimming; and boys and girls soccer; and various certificated and classified substitutes.

Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our openings and apply.
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