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    Dear Families,


    Dress Code

    As the weather warms up, I am receiving many questions about our school dress code.  For 2017-2018, JSIS is following the SPS dress code, which states: “students should dress appropriately for school in ways that will not cause safety or health problems.”  This spring, staff will be discussing the dress code and any additions will be included in the family handbook in the fall.  For this spring, please be mindful that your child is dressed appropriately for school activities (for example, PE).


    BLT Representatives for 2018-19

    Are you interested in being a member of the Building Leadership Team?  This is a monthly meeting where parents and staff come together to work on the CSIP (the continuous school improvement plan), the budget and the schoolwide professional development plan.  We are looking for 4 parent representatives: K-1, 2-3, 4-5 and ELL.  In order to qualify, your child must be in that grade next year (18-19).  If you are curious, please ask your current BLT representatives or Ms. Sarah.  If you are interested, please send a paragraph about yourself and why you want to be a member of the BLT.  Please send your information to Ms. Sarah by Friday, May 4.


    Lice Reminder

    This is just a reminder that it’s always a great idea to check your child’s head for lice.  The quicker they are found, the quicker you can get rid of them!


    SBA & MAP Testing

    Over the next few weeks, third, fourth and fifth graders will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  Fifth graders will also take the Science Assessment.  First and Second graders will take the MAP (reading and math) online assessments.  Your child’s teachers will let you know the days they are testing.  The most important reminders are: please help your child get a good night’s sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.


    From Mr. Michael, our School Counselor

    Hello from the school counselor!


    Netflix is set to air the second season of the virally popular series “13 Reasons Why” later this year. Despite its popularity among young viewers and adults, the mental health community expressed many concerns about the negative impact on young people and how it handles sensitive issues such as youth suicide, bullying, and other mature subject matter. The National Association of School Psychologists has put together a response which contains lots of useful information for those who have children that may watch the show, or who may have older friends who have seen it and talk about it.


    As promotion increases for the upcoming second season, mental health professionals anticipate a resurge in popularity of the first season for those that missed or to want to “get up to speed” for season 2. Below is information retrieved from the NASP website. As always, reach out to myself or your child’s teachers if you ever have questions or concerns.


    Guidance for Families

    1. Ask your child if they have heard or seen the series 13 Reasons WhyWhile we don’t recommend that they be encouraged to view the series, do tell them you want to watch it, with them or to catch up, and discuss their thoughts.

      Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) and the JED Foundation have created talking points for conversations with youth specific to the 13 Reasons Why series, available online.
    1. If they exhibit any of the warning signs above, don’t be afraid to ask if they have thought about suicide or if someone is hurting them. Raising the issue of suicide does not increase the risk or plant the idea. On the contrary, it creates the opportunity to offer help.

    2. Ask your child if they think any of their friends or classmates exhibit warning signs. Talk with them about how to seek help for their friend or classmate. Guide them on how to respond when they see or hear any of the warning signs.

    3. Listen to your children’s comments without judgment. Doing so requires that you fully concentrate, understand, respond, and then remember what is being said. Put your own agenda aside.

    4. Get help from a school-employed or community-based mental health professional if you are concerned for your child’s safety or the safety of one of their peers.

      See Preventing Youth Suicide Brief Facts (also available in Spanish) and Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents and Educators for additional information.

      Thank you so much for reading,

      Mr. Michael





    Sarah Jones

    Principal, John Stanford International School

    4057 5th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105

    twitter: @jsisprincipal

    Office: 206.252.6080

    Fax: 206.252.6081