It's not cool to be cruel! Mabry has chosen this week, October 15-19, as Bullying Prevention Week at our school. The goal is for all students to understand and apply the "The 3 R's of Bullying: Recognize, Refuse and Report."  
Recognize: Know what bullying is, and what it is not. Bullying is repeated, targeted behavior over time, done on purpose, where there is an imbalance of power. Bullying is not a one-time conflict or a disagreement. It's important to know the difference.
        
Refuse: Stand tall and in a firm voice, tell the person to STOP. When you refuse bullying, you are rejecting or saying no to bullying behavior. Stand up for others. Be an UPSTANDER, not a BYSTANDER!                 
        
Report: Speak up and tell a trusted adult. Do not keep bullying a secret. It's everyone's responsibility to report bullying when it is happening.

You can explore more about bullying prevention  with your children through this website. See also the district's policy on bully and harassment prevention and reporting.

Before school Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, have your child stop by the front of the school to sign the anti-bully pledge and receive a sticker! Each pledge signed will become a part of a unity chain we hang in the cafeteria. Let's show each other what kindness is and that we will not tolerate bullying!