Weekly Pirate Updates: Nov. 7th – 11th



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Weekly Pirate Updates:  Nov. 7th – 11th

This week’s headlines:

  • No school on Friday!
  • In honor of Robert Louis Stevenson’s birthday, November 13th, this coming week is Spirit Week…download the daily activity schedule, here!
  • Election Day is Tuesday! In our Principal’s Corner, see great tips from Mrs. Desiderio on “How to talk to young children about the election”. 
  • PTA’s Breakfast with Buddies is Wednesday, read more below!
  • It’s Dine-Out time this week, have dinner at Chuck E. Cheese and help FFS raise funds for our kids!  Read a special announcement in the FFS section about tomorrow’s morning assembly.
  • Stevenson Conference Week Camp sign-up deadline is November 11th. Learn more here!
  • Is your child taking an After School Enrichment performing class? Click here for information about the Nov 17th performance.

Dear Stevenson Families,

Friday morning I heard my grandson tell his teacher he could not wait until the election was over. I quickly realized that was I talking. So I did what I do these days and Googled “How to talk to young children about the election.” I found the following excerpt from Momtastic.com.

1. Provide a balanced perspective. We all tend to hyper focus on the issues that mean the most to us. That’s natural. When teaching young kids about the voting process, however, it’s important to provide a balanced perspective. We can also agree to disagree without resorting to anger and/or unkind comments.

2. Present your views as your own. The trouble with political talk at home is that kids sometimes feel like they are required to believe what their parents believe. When I talk politics with my kids, I’m careful to start each point with, “I believe” or “Something that is important to me is…”

3. Encourage kids to talk about their own views.  I like to ask my kids what they think would make our country better. Engaging kids in meaningful conversation and giving them the opportunity to present their own views teaches them more about politics than simply commenting on what they see.

4. Stay positive. We are all bombarded by the media’s interpretations of every move each candidate makes. Resist the urge to make negative comments about candidates and focus on the positive. Talk about what you like about the various candidates and how their ideas might improve our country.

5. Vote on issues in your own home. The best way to learn about the voting process is to be a part of it. Come up with two dinner options for the weekend and then spend the week making signs, presenting speeches about the options, and engaging in healthy debates about the pros and cons of each option. Use your iPhone to make ads promoting your dinner of choice. The night before the big family dinner set up a voting booth and cast your votes! Kids learn a lot through play and this is a great way to teach lessons in politics without all the negative advertising. 

Christina Desiderio

Hello Families,

What a great success Stevenson’s first Daughter Dance was, thank you to everyone for coming out! For me, at times, it was emotional seeing all of our beautiful little girls out on the dance floor with their dads looking all handsome and dapper in their suit and ties.  They danced the night away and from what I can tell, everyone had a fun and special time. Stevenson truly rocked it!  We will be working on the instructions to download your red carpet pictures, so expect to hear from our Daughter Dance team soon.

Have dinner plans for this Thursday? How about we meet at Chuck E. Cheese and help FFS fundraise?  They will donate 15% of their proceeds and your kiddo gets 10 free tokens.  Click on Chuck E. below for more details. Plus, to help spread the word, Chuck E. himself will be at tomorrow’s morning assembly.


Our Talent Show registration is now open through November 18th, click below for more details.
Hope to see you Thursday at 8:30am at our PTA/FFS Association Meeting.

Make it a great week!


Martha I. Bellomy
President – Families For Stevenson Booster

Follow me on Twitter @ffspres

Download your 2016-2017 School Calendar

  • Nov 9 Breakfast with Buddies 8:30a
  • Nov 10 PTA/FFS Meeting 8:30a
  • Nov 10 Dine-Out @ Chuck E Cheese
  • Nov. 11 & 14 No school
  • Nov. 17 ASE Performance; Stevenson Winter Wonderland 5:30 – 6:15p
  • Nov. 18 Talent Show Applications Due
  • Nov. 21 Holiday Charity Pajama Drive begins
  • Nov 23 – 25 No School; Thanksgiving Holiday







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