PTSC Update: Digital Citizenship Parent Resources

Posted: November 23, 2015 in Building Relationships, Communication, Culture of Achievement, Instructional Leadership, Leadership, Technology
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Digital Citizenship Parent Resources

Recently I attended a conference and went to a session on digital citizenship.  Through part of my exploration of the topic, I found some great parent resources that I immediately wanted to get into your hands. I have met some parents that have been using this resources and have found them extremely valuable, and I hope you will as well.  There’s a lot to explore through Common Sense Media, but here are some links that I found most helpful:

  • Advice for Parents:  This section has many video tutorials to teach you about some things kids are using so you can understand what they do.  If you don’t know what Kik Messenger is, you can find a video that will teach you about it (and many other apps).  One could spend hours on this page alone as there are tons of resources.
  • Educational Apps and Games:  Ever wish you had a place to go to read reviews of games and apps that also rate appropriate age level use?  This is your link!  Set your search criteria to find a great fit for your child.
  • Movie Reviews:  Ever wonder if that movie is going to be too scary or have themes that are not appropriate for your child’s age?  This is a great resource and I have heard many parents rave reviews about using this tool.
  • TV Reviews:  Similar to the tool above, this is another great resource.
  • Game Reviews:  One thing I like about this website is that it keeps up-to-date with the latest releases.  Make sure to click on the game title to read a more in-depth review.
  • Parent Blog:  Articles are posted on relevant topics to help parents navigate these tricky subjects.  You can search by topic, by age, and you can also enter your email to follow the blog to receive notification of the most up-to-date posts.
I hope you will take time to explore these resources.  Navigating the digital world as a parent can be tricky.  It’s great to have tools like these to help guide you along the way!

PTSC Standouts:



PLE Food Drive

Way to go, Porter Lakes!  You had an awesome food drive and donated a lot of food that will make a huge difference in the lives of those right in our very own community.  It is so important for our students to learn the value of helping others–and what a great example has been set.  Thank you for all of your hard work and donations!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at

Important Dates:

  • November 26:  No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • November 27:  No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 21-January 1:  No School, Winter Break
  • January 15:  End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester

Things to Know/Do:

  • Have you had the chance to watch this video put out by the Porter County Sheriff’s Department?  This is a powerful look at the growing problem in Porter County–and is something that every parent should watch.  It is even more powerful to watch it with your child.  Take the time to watch it today!

  • Now hiring substitute teachers! Please contact Linda Dusek at the administration building if you are interested in substitute teaching and she will help you start the application process and discuss qualifications.
  • Do your friends and neighbors know how to find our weekly updates? Even if your neighbors don’t have kids in school tell them about our weekly updates so they can hear the great news of what happens at PTSC!
  • Every Wednesday is a 30-minute delayed start. If we have a 2-hour delay, students will arrive at school 2 hours after the regular start time for the building.
  • We are also looking for bus drivers to drive our extra-curricular runs. If you are interested, please apply online. It’s a great way to earn some money and attend extra-curricular events!

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