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Human Development Video

Always ChangingEach spring, we are required to share information with our fourth and fifth grade students regarding changes in human development related to puberty.  These videos go through an extensive review process to make sure that the material is appropriate for the developmental age of the students and meet the state standards for our health curriculum.

The videos will be shown on March 27.  The students will be grouped by gender as follows:

  • Fourth  grade boys will view the video with male teachers.  Fourth grade girls will meet with female teachers.  There will be an opportunity for Q & A following the viewing.

If you would like to preview the videos, please visit the host P & G website which sponsors the curriculum.  At this location, you can examine the curriculum, view the video and also look for addition support if you would like to answer questions from your child at home.   As always, our preference is that all children feel comfortable talking with their parents about how their bodies are changing–and we will encourage them to talk with you if they have questions that cannot be addressed at school.

The website provides the answer to most questions that parents have regarding the videos.

If you DO NOT want your child to view the video with the grade level gender group, please call or email your child’s teacher.

We will make arrangements for your child to be supervised in the office during the Always Changing curriculum program.

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Christmas Party Update

We are looking forward to a fun day tomorrow! 🙂   As part of our celebration, we are planning to watch the DVD, Ice Age 4:  Continental Drift.  It is rated PG, but it has received great reviews from the Dove Foundation (“We are pleased to award this film our Dove ‘Family-Approved’ Seal for all ages and encourage you to take the whole family to this wonderful picture.”).  However, if you would prefer that your child not watch this DVD, please let me know and an alternate activity will be provided.

For more information about the Dove Foundation and the full review of this DVD, please visit the link below: 

Ice Age 4: Continental Drift review

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Reproductive Health

Each spring, we are required to share information with our fourth and fifth grade students regarding Always Changingchanges in human development related to puberty.  These videos go through an extensive review process to make sure that the material is appropriate for the developmental age of the students and meet the state standards for our health curriculum.

The videos will be shown on March 31.  The students will be grouped as follows:

  • Fourth grade girls will view the video with two female teachers, allowing time for Q & A following the viewing.  (The 5th grade girls will meet with two female teachers as well.)
  • Fourth grade boys will view the video two male teachers,  allowing time for Q & A following the viewing. (The 5th grade girls will meet with two female teachers as well.)

If you would like to preview the videos, please visit the host P & G website which sponsors the curriculum.  At this location, you can examine the curriculum, view the video and also look for addition support if you would like to answer questions from your child at home.   As always, our preference is that all children feel comfortable talking with their parents about how their bodies are changing–and we will encourage them to talk with you if they have questions that cannot be addressed at school.

The website provides the answer to most questions that parents have regarding the videos.

If you DO NOT want your child to view the video with the grade level gender group,

please call or email your child’s teacher.

We will make arrangements for your child to be supervised in the office during the Always Changingcurriculum program.

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