Bobcat Chat BITTERROOT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1801 Bench Blvd. Billings, MT 59105 PHONE: 281-6205 Greg Senitte, Principal “Every day is an invitation to learning, laughter and living.” Marquise Jones, Kealy Milton, Abby Quinn, Summer Samsel, and Lara Wagner. Boys Honor Choir: Colton Reese DECEMBER: Honor Band: Noah Nantes, Brody Paris, and Kelly 6-----------2nd Qtr. Midterm reports go home (4th-6th) Stokes 7-------------------------MacKenzie River Pizza Night Thank you, Volunteers! 10-----------PTA K-3rd Grade Family Reading Night A big thank you to our wonderful parents and 14-------------------6th Gr. field trip to Moss Mansion volunteers who shared their talents and delicious food 14&16-------6th Gr. Student Council blanket making for the Bitterroot Staff conference dinner last month. 15-----5th/6th Gr. Band/Orchestra Concert @ 2:20pm We would like to thank Jenn Peter, Melissa 15-------------------------Skyview Trading Cards visit Christoferson, Brandi Soens, Shirley Leo, Kathy Stokes, 16-17---------------------------PTA Santa’s Workshop Kristi Twiford, Tera Goode, Jackie Hoke, Gennie Newell, Lora Hirsch, Sonja Munoz, and Colleen Oliver. 16--------------PTA Roller Skating (5:00pm-8:00pm) 18----------------PTA Ice Skating (12:30pm-2:30pm) 20---K-6 Holiday Music Programs (9:30am & 1pm) Keep Safety in mind when picking 21---6th Gr. Student Council field trip to E.C. Manor up/dropping off kids 21---------------------PTA Meeting (6:30pm-7:30pm) As the colder weather has come to Billings, we Dec. 23-Jan. 2-------------Winter Break…No School are noticing an increase in some safety concerns at Bitterroot. Please do NOT stop in the middle of the street and motion your child across. Please park your JANUARY: car, or pull up to the curb to drop off or pick up your 3-----------------------------------------School Resumes child(ren). No matter what the weather brings, we must 10-21----------------------Venture Theater for Gr. 4-6 keep the safety of all children in mind at all times. Thank you for your cooperation. Plan now to attend Bitterroot’s Holiday Programs and Concerts! Remember tennis shoes for Gym Days The fifth and sixth grade band and orchestra Thank you for sending your children to school concert will be in the gym on December 15th at 2:20pm. dressed appropriately (ie. snowboots, snowpants, heavy The K-4 and 5th/6th general music programs will coat, hats, gloves). Please remind your children to pack be in the gym on December 20th. One performance will a pair of tennis shoes, ESPECIALLY on gym days. Due be at 9:30am and the other at 1:00pm (the students will to the risks of injury, students will not be allowed to perform the exact same program twice). Please plan to participate in P.E. if they do not have tennis shoes. attend one of the performances. All of the students have worked very hard and would love for you to stay for the entire performance. Rachel’s Challenge Opportunity! Happy Holidays!! Every year during the holidays, Bitterroot School has organized help for families in need. We have Honor Music Students two opportunities for students and families to help out Bitterroot School is proud to have students this year. Thursday, December 9th, Bitterroot students participate and represent us in honor music classes. will be allowed to chew gum in class throughout the day These groups meet once a week after school and contain for $1.00. On Friday, December 10th, students will be talented musicians. Honor music students from allowed to wear their favorite hat for $1.00. Both “fun” Bitterroot are: days are optional for students, but participation is Girls Honor Choir: Brielle Brumley, Jordan Gilcrist, welcomed and appreciated. Thank you! Raegan Harper, Hope Housley, Trisha Johnson, Welcome Ms. Butler, School Counselor! I would like to introduce myself. My name is Nikki Butler, and I am proud to announce I am the new school counselor this year. I feel very honored to be a part of the wonderful and talented staff at Bitterroot Elementary. I was raised in Billings and completed my education at Montana State University-Billings. I received my Bachelors in Psychology and two years later, completed my Masters in Education with a school counseling endorsement. I have experience working with children of all ages in the areas of mental and behavior modification. I enjoy going into the classroom and teaching guidance lessons as well as facilitating small groups that focus on topics such as social skills (friendship), anger, and divorce. As a school counselor, I provide support and guidance for all students. My main focus is to promote a safe learning environment and academic success for all. I look forward to working with your children this year. BPS School Counselors BULLYING: Bully behavior occurs when there is deliberate intent to harm, jj School Counselors dominate, inflict pain, exclude or otherwise cause distress to the person being targeted. The person who bullies purposefully misuses his/her power (size, age, popularity, confidence, verbal ability), usually repeatedly. The balance of power between the bully and target is NOT EQUAL. Typical developmental misbehavior may become bullying behavior when a person repeatedly uses their power to intentionally hurt or harm another person in the following ways: Physical: Physical bullying may include repeated hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing or taking and damaging a person’s property. Verbal: Verbal bullying may include repeated name-calling, insulting, put-downs, and making threats or rude comments. Social: Social bullying may include repeated use of the silent treatment, preventing people from playing with others, and spreading rumors and lies. Typical developmental misbehavior doesn’t always constitute bullying. As children grow and mature conflicts do arise with peers. Parents should encourage children to use conflict management and problem solving skills to handle the situation.