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Safe2Say Something

February 25, 2019

Baldwin-Whitehall Families:

Act 44, which was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf in June 2018, mandates every school district in Pennsylvania use the newly created "Safe2Say Something" program and anonymous 24/7 tip line. This program teaches students, teachers, and administration how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially on social media, of individuals who may be a threat to themselves or to others and how to respond by saying something to a trusted adult or by using the "Safe2Say Something" anonymous tip line.

The program teaches participants to:

  • Recognize the signs and signals of at risk behaviors - especially within social media
  • Take each sign and signal seriously and act quickly to talking to a trusted adult, OR
  • Report it to the "Safe2Say Something" tip line by phone, website, or mobile app

When an anonymous tip is submitted through the "Safe2Say Something" tip line, it is received by the PA Office of the Attorney General's Crisis Center. The tip is triaged, categorized, and disseminated to school administrators and the local police, if necessary, for appropriate intervention. The "Safe2Say Something" program is not designed to replace calling 911, but to serve as a complimentary program.

Baldwin-Whitehall students in grades 6-12 will receive training on how to use the "Safe2Say Something" system in the coming weeks. The following links are included to provide additional information about the program:

Parent Brochure

Overview of Program

Presentation Materials

These materials will also be made available on the District's website. If you have further questions, please contact to your building principal or me.

Sincerely,

Dr. Randal A. Lutz

Superintendent of Schools

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Preschool Registration
Preschool registration for the 2019-2020 school year will be held on Thursday, February 21st at 8:00 AM at Baldwin High School in the lobby of the high school's main entrance.

A $100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.

More information is available at Baldwinhighschoolpreschool.weebly.com or by calling 412-885-7522 during school hours.

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Be the Kind Kid Week

Last week, two of our 5th grade students and their teachers had the opportunity to learn how to storyboard, write a script, record their voices, and animate characters using WonderMedia's StoryMaker. They decided to create this announcement to share the themes for "Be the Kind Kid" week, which starts tomorrow!

The themes for the days can be found below.

Monday, November 12, 2018

"United We Stand" – In Honor of Veteran's Day, students and staff are encouraged to wear Red, White & Blue to show support of and thank our veterans for their loyal service to the United States of America.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

"We are All Unique" – Students and staff are encouraged to wear CRAZY SOCKS to show that we are unique from head to toe.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

"We are All on the Same Team" – Students and staff are encouraged to wear their favorite TEAM APPAREL to show that we are all on the same team in Baldwin-Whitehall.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

"We are True Blue Friends" – Students and staff are encouraged to wear BLUE to show a strong commitment to being a true friend to others and support Children's Grief Awareness Day.

Hidden in Plain Sight will be coming to J.E. Harrison Middle School on Thursday, November 15th from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hidden in Plain Sight is a mock display of a typical teenage bedroom set up with drug paraphernalia "hidden in plain sight". This is an interactive program that offers adults insights into current trends in youth substance abuse and concealment of illicit drugs and alcohol. The program also educates parents about how to talk to youth about drugs/alcohol and what to do if a problem is suspected.

Friday, November 16, 2018

"We are All Good Citizens" – Students and staff are encouraged to wear PURPLE and WHITE to show school pride and that we are all part of the Baldwin-Whitehall community.



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District Response to Squirrel Hill Tragedy

Dear Baldwin-Whitehall School District Families,

On behalf of the entire Baldwin-Whitehall School District, we extend our deepest condolences to those affected by unimaginable tragedy at the Tree of Life synagogue and we grieve together with the families of victims, our neighbors in Squirrel Hill and our friends in the Jewish faith.

To any students, parents or District personnel who are having difficulty coping with this event, I encourage you to talk with our counselors or find a friend you feel comfortable talking to — including me. My door is always open, especially in difficult times like these, so please don't hesitate to reach out.

As teachers and administrators, I know that we do our best each day to live the principles of empathy and inclusivity out loud, serving as living examples for our students, who we hope will grow up to share these values with the world.

These virtues are not rare, but they are also not universal. For some people, empathy and inclusivity can be difficult values to embrace, especially when living in fear, anger or isolation. But just because something is difficult, that doesn't mean we stop trying to make it happen; it just means we have to keep finding new ways forward.

This is one reason why our District feels so strongly about giving our students so many opportunities to live and practice these values of empathy and inclusivity throughout the year, to see the world from multiple perspectives and to find commonality. In adopting numerous programs rooted in social and emotional learning, such as Rachel's Challenge, we find ways to help students engage and channel their feelings or frustrations. My sincere hope is that programs like these help students move past feelings of isolation or fear in order to embrace new opportunities for growth and community.

By learning to see our classmates, coworkers, and neighbors as ourselves, we each take one step closer to living in a stronger, safer, and more loving community. When we value one another despite our differences, the idea of harming another becomes unthinkable, and the things we can accomplish together become infinite.

Sincerely,

Dr. Randal A. Lutz

Superintendent of Schools

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Our Children, Our Community, Our Future

Dear BWSD Parents,

I would like to invite you to Our Children, Our Community, Our Future: What is happening with Drugs in our Community on October 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Our local Police and EMS chiefs will be presenting local data along with DEA Special Agent Brian Dempsey and FBI HOPE Coordinator Kelly Wesolosky to discuss the drug epidemic in our communities.

This night is designed for parents and community members as part of our Parent/Community Engagement Program. As you may recall, this month's theme is AWARENESS. Red Ribbon Week highlights Drug Education and Awareness. We want to provide you with the tools and information to begin the conversation or continue to talk to your child about drugs and alcohol. Our goal is to help you learn and grow with your children, keeping open the lines of communication, and supporting them in making good decisions.

Members of the Student Empowerment Team have created a variety of activities for Red Ribbon Week for our students in ALL of our schools. Please refer to the attached document for more information regarding our student programs.

As a critical partner in our efforts, I invite you to be part of our Parent/Community Engagement Program on October 24.

Sincerely,

Randal A. Lutz, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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What Android's Family Link App and New Digital Well-Being Features Mean for You

When you can see and control how much time you spend on your devices, it helps the whole family make mindful choices. In this article, our friends at Common Sense Media explore the features of Android's Family Link app and new digital well-being features.

Click here to learn more about this topic.

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