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District Announcements
Sept 21 - Going Dotti!
Ball Elementary Goes "Dotti"
Ball-Chatham’s elementary schools had a blast celebrating dot day on Monday, September 15, thanks to Peter Reynolds, author of the dot. Our special teachers at Ball Elementary went together with participating teachers such as Deb Sullivan, in first grade, to go a little or a lot dotti.  Together, we participated across the curriculum by reading the story, discussing elements of the book, writing stories, drawing, painting and even using dot stickers to create pictures.  We are continuing to create a school wide paper mural in art and a treble clef in music and even displaying a healthy bulletin board in PE for all to see. If you haven't read this wonderful story, pick it up and "make your mark."

Sept 17 - Upcoming Parenting Program
Help Your Child Cope with Anxiety
Everyone experiences feelings of anxiety from time to time, and children are no different. But when is it a problem? The Ball-Chatham School District will be hosting a parenting program at 6:30 p.m., October 14 at Chatham Elementary School for parents of students K-5 that will address:
  • The most common types of anxiety in children
  • Signs and symptoms
  • How to help your child cope
  • How school can help 
Presenters include:  Tricia Link, BSW, Prevention Coordinator; and school counselors Julie McAllister, MS Ed; and Kristin Ribley, MA NCC.
 
Childcare will be provided. Click here to download the registration form.

Sept 4 - Internet Safety Seminar
Internet Safety Seminar Coming in October
The Ball-Chatham School District will be hosting an internet safety seminar, "What's Your Child's Digital Footprint?" beginning at 7 p.m., October 1 at Glenwood High School.  The keynote speaker is an Internet Safety Specialist from the Attorney General's Office.  The seminar will focus on how today's youth have integrated the use of digital devices into their lives and utilize social media to communicate. Technology integration that encourages social interaction and self-expression presents new opportunities for youth, while at the same time challenging parents and teachers as we work together to keep them safe and healthy. Though the seminar is for parents, free childcare will be provided by the GHS Student Council.  Click here for informational flyer and RSVP details.
Aug 26 - Titan Trek/Trot - Register Today!
7th Annual Titan Trek 5k Run/Walk and 2nd Annual Titan Trot November 15 at GHS!
The Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation is hosting its 7th annual 5K Run/Walk event to raise money for education initiatives within the Ball-Chatham School District on November 15th. Again this year, there will be a 1 mile run, the Titan Trot, for younger runners. Over the past six years, money raised from the Titan Trek event has helped purchase interactive whiteboard systems and/or components, valued at over $2,500 each. These were distributed to every designated K-8th grade classroom in the district. Further, multiple systems were funded by the Foundation and installed in high school classroomsLast year the foundation awarded $35,700 for the purchase of Chromebooks. Monies raised will still support District technology enhancements, and learning opportunities that are available outside the classroom through foundation "Beyond the Walls" grant applications. Major sponsors for this year's event are:
 

  




 
 
PBIS Hits the Streets!
The Ball-Chatham School District, through its many volunteers, is working with area businesses to bring PBIS into the community.  PBIS, (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) is a school-wide system that strives to improve consistency in expected behaviors, resulting in students being ready and prepared to learn. All of our district schools, kindergarten through high school, have adopted three core behavior expectations; BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE, AND BE SAFE. By teaching these expectations, students of the Ball-Chatham School District will have the knowledge and skills necessary to become respectful, responsible and safe community members. Our goal is to have community-wide support of our behavior expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe. 
Welcome to Ball Elementary - "Where Titans Learn and Grow"
Titan Tower
TITAN TOWER RETURNS FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR
 
PBIS is starting off strong at Ball Elementary!  As part of our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) program, students whose Titan Ticket is drawn by their teacher have an opportunity to participate in this fun, parent-run activity in the gym each Thursday morning. Titan Tickets are awarded to any student demonstrating our expectations of being Respectful, Responsible and Safe.  Keep up the great work!
 
If you are a parent or guardian and would like to volunteer for this rewarding activity, please contact the Assistant Principal, Elisabeth Gillham, or email the PBIS parent representative, Kiley Marsaglia, at mkmars04@comcast.net.
 
For more information on PBIS at Ball Elementary, please go to www.bes.chathamschools.org and click on the "Parent/Family" tab, then scroll down and click on the PBIS tab.  For more information state-wide, you may go to www.pbis.org or www.isbe.net.
 
New Adult Lunch Procedure
New Adult Lunch Procedure

We look forward to students bringing guests to lunch at Ball Elementary and want to make you aware of our new payment procedure. All adult lunches will need to be paid in cash or check at the time of purchase. Adults may not charge lunch on their child’s account.


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