Dear Wealthy Elementary Families,
Thank you to everyone who came out for the PTO sponsored Family Movie Night this past Friday! It was a wonderful event for our whole school community. I love seeing the students come back in their pajamas to enjoy an evening of fun with their family and friends. Thank you to our PTO and Student Leadership Team for organizing and running this event.
And congrats to two Wealthy Wizards who found an MLK Day “Begin with…” rock in the community! I hope to see a continued spreading of these positive messages. Please send any pictures to email@example.com if your child finds a rock this year.
Code Red Info
Consistent with our commitment to communicate and to serve the best interest of our students, I am writing to provide you with information of a very important safety drill that will be conducted Thursday, January 31, 2019. Wealthy Elementary School will have a Full Sheltering/Lockdown drill in cooperation with East Grand Rapids Public Safety. This drill is conducted at least three times annually in compliance with legislation adopted in 2006 (as amended by Public Act 12 of 2014). This will be our third and final Code Red drill of this year.
During this drill, teachers and school staff implement procedures designed to maximize student safety in the unlikely event that a threatening situation were to unfold in or near our school. These procedures have been designed in collaboration with the East Grand Rapids Public Safety Department and a public safety officer will be present during our drill to observe and provide feedback about performance. The public safety department will not practice their response procedures during our drill. The most noticeable components to these procedures that your child will experience are hearing the term “Code Red” as a signal to take shelter, statements they might hear over the Public Address system if a real danger were present, the verification that doors are locked and closed, lights being turned off, and the repositioning of students within each classroom to maximize safety.
In preparation for this drill, your child’s classroom teacher will have an age-appropriate class discussion about the drill and about appropriate student behavior and responses during the drill. Teachers emphasize that this drill is just practice for a highly unlikely situation with the goal of avoiding or reducing student anxiety during the drill. Since each grade level is unique regarding what depth of information or what types of student questions are age-appropriate, teachers moderate these discussions carefully and may direct students to talk with parents about those questions deemed by the teacher to be best addressed by parents. While these classroom conversations and the remarks over the Public Address system prior to the drill have been adequate at creating an anxiety-free experience for the vast majority of students in the past, please feel free to talk with your child to help them make meaning of why such a drill is necessary and to understand its importance.
If you have any questions or comments regarding this safety drill, please do not hesitate to contact me.
East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation
Wealthy Elementary will be hosting a NOWandFOREVER get together on Thursday, February 7 from 8:30 - 9:30 AM and 6:00 - 7:00 PM. We encourage all our families to come hear about this historic effort to raise a sustainable source of funding for critical programs, supports and enhancements for our schools.
Wealthy Elementary Principal