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Happy Summer!!!

 

Five days to go and off we all go to summer relaxation and fun. The best to all of you for an enjoyable, sun-filled summer, wherever the summer months take you?!

 

As we wrap up this last week,  a big thank you to Mr. Hill for another, “Yippee i ay ki yah” Field Day. It is always a great day for kids!!  Next week our 4th graders will head out on their annual bike ride to Belleview Park. Wednesday, our 4th and 5th grade Conflict Managers take a walk to Southbridge Park and celebrate their successful year helping solve playground issues. We will end our year on Friday with our Continuation ceremony, where we wish our 5th graders farewell as they head off to Middle School! Still so much to do and always a bittersweet end to another wonderful year.

 

A HUGE thank you to our staff for a truly successful year! Each of you makes a difference every day, thank you for all you do for all of our students! To parents, thank you for your support of your child’s education and for all of us here at Runyon. To our students, you make each day a joy!!

 

As is the case each Spring, our staff is changing. We are in the midst of hiring and we will post updates on our web site as we solidify positions. Presently we are looking for a Dean, 1st grade teacher and a    

Gifted and Talented teacher Stay tuned for more details.

 

Teachers will be sending home iReady scores on Wednesday, May 23rd. Report cards will post on Infinite Campus, Parent Portal, on Friday, May 25th at 3:00 p.m. Your child’s next year’s teacher will also be listed on the report card. We will post class lists when we return in  early August.

 

May your summer be simplistic and full of relaxation and fun! Enjoy ~ Stay Vital!!

 

All the best~

Trudy and the Runyon Staff

 
 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PARENT DROP-OFF AND PICKUP:

If you are planning on driving your child(ren) to school or picking them up after school you will use the lower lot or north lot. You will enter on the north end of that lot and drive around toward the flagpole. We will load and unload children for you, please do not get out of your car, doing so holds up the line of cars. Thank you.

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

Desmond Tutu

Kindness

~~“Can you say ‘Thank You?'”~~

Here are a few ideas:

One of the first things we teach our kids as soon as they learn to speak is to say, “Thank you.” Think of the countless times you have said, “what do you say?…” to prompt your child to utter these words. But do our kids really have any idea what it means to be thankful?

Practicing gratitude has benefits that go beyond having a polite kid. Studies show that people who practice gratitude feel 25% happier, are more likely to be kind and helpful to others, are more enthusiastic, interested and determined, and even sleep better.  

And grateful children and teens tend to thrive. Kids who practice gratitude get higher grades, are more satisfied with their lives, are more integrated socially and show fewer signs of depression.  So how can families practice gratitude in meaningful ways so that our kids learn what it means to be thankful?

  • Express your appreciation for each other. In my house we started this as a birthday tradition. When it is someone’s birthday we go around the table and express what we all appreciate about that person. The first time we did this it was uncomfortable for me, it felt ‘cheesy’ for lack of a better term. But when I heard the amazing things my kids had to say it quickly became my favorite family ritual, and we remind each other of what has been said often.

  • Acknowledge the small stuff. When we practice mindfulness it helps us to be present in our relationships and pay attention to our environment. Often it is easy to go through the day distracted, out of sync with our environment and the people around us. When you are with your kids, be intentional about noticing the beautiful flowers, bright blue sky, the helpful person at the coffee counter, and the nice man who held the door for you. Your appreciation for the the little things around you will rub off on your kids.

  • Make a gratitude jar. This can be a fun project for kids. Find a container and let the kids decorate it. Cut out some pieces of scratch paper and put them in a convenient place so that family members can write down things they feel grateful for and place the paper in the jar. If kids can’t yet write, then having them draw a picture of something works great also! Then, open the jar once a week or once a month and read what everyone has written.

  • Make it part of your bedtime routine. Take a few minutes at the end of each day to show appreciation for the little things in your life for which you are thankful. It is important for parents to model gratitude for meaningful things like relationships, kindness, and the natural beauty in your environment (rather than your 60 inch plasma TV or your new ipad). This is a wonderful way to end each day!