March 1, 2013 Dear Parents and Guardians: I am writing to let you know about an incident that occurred this

morning in one of our classrooms and encourage you to discuss this matter with your child in a manner you deem most appropriate. During breakfast this morning, one of our students used food to make inappropriate gestures that disrupted the class. While no physical threats were made and no one was harmed, the student had to be removed from the classroom. As is the case with all classroom disruptions, standard procedures outlined by Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) were followed to address the student’s actions and communicate with the family. As you are aware, the AACPS Code of Student Conduct and appropriate consequences related to violations of the code are clearly spelled out in the Student Handbook, which was sent home during the first week of school and can be found on our website, www.aacps.org. As you are also aware, parents and their children must sign a form indicating they have read and understand the Student Handbook. If your children express that they are troubled by today’s incident, please talk with them and help them share their feelings. Our school counselor is available to meet with any students who have the need to do so next week. In general, please remind them of the importance of making good choices. Thank you for everything you do for your children and for our school. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at 410-222-6593. Sincerely,

Myrna Phillips Assistant Principal MLP/msm