Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Uniform Reminders

Good Morning 8th Grade Families, 

One of the many things that students and families love about Cascade is our uniform policy. We believe strongly that uniforms help build self confidence, scholarly attitudes, and promote safe environments. Searching the web you can quickly find over 3 million web sites that would love to tell you all the positive reasons schools have uniform policies. 

School uniforms have a positive effect on students AND teachers!
School uniforms promote a single standard of dress. Therefore, school environments become less competitive and more focused on learning. 
School uniforms boost school spirit!
Helping to build a sense of community within the school, uniforms create an atmosphere of belonging. This essence of unity can positively effect a child's attitude toward school and can lead to better learning and improved attendance. A child excited about school is a child ready to learn! "Hurrah!" for school pride!
School uniforms promote a safe, healthy learning environment!
No doubt about it! Education professionals agree that a safe school environment is essential for learning to take place. The safer the environment, the more likely children will attend. Uniforms make it easier for school officials to identify non-students while promoting a safe and comfortable atmosphere.
School uniforms make mornings easier!
Uniforms eliminate the need to argue over what to wear to school everyday. Through simplicity, uniforms promote time efficiency, organization, and neatness. Parents and students agree that getting the morning off right is the key to a productive and happy day.
School uniforms encourage individual self-expression.
With uniforms, students find ways to express themselves creatively, rather than through their clothes - through the arts, music, sports, personality and academic achievement.

This week every classroom discussed uniforms and clarified what was and was not uniform for Cascade. After that discussion, bright orange reminder sheets were placed in planners for students that had uniform issues. If your student arrives home with one of these reminders, it is not the end of the world. It is intended to be a reminder, a "fix it ticket" if you will.

Some of the biggest issues we are seeing are shorts and/or skirts that are too short. Our uniform policy says that shorts and skirts must reach the knees. Having a daughter with very long legs, I know how difficult this can be. I've seen some very creative solutions. One mom added an extra ruffle to the bottom of her daughter's skirt while another used pants that their son had ripped the hems out of to cut off and make shorts. The other uniform issues we see are blue dresses without a white collar, wrong color or no show socks, and shoes that are the wrong color. If you have any questions about whether something is uniform or not, please feel free to ask any staff member. We are happy to help. Also, the PTA  has a great selection of uniform items for very reasonable prices.

*****It has come to our attention that the changes made last year to the uniform policy, in particular skirt and shorts length, did not make it into the handbook. Knowing that families have already done their school shopping, we will honor the policy as stated in the handbook for this school year. As students grow out of their current shorts/skirts, please plan to purchase ones that are knee length. Next school year that will be the written policy. 

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