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Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
 

Very soon,  we will begin our Thanksgiving break. This is a wonderful time to be with family and celebrate all the things we are thankful for (like a week off to relax). Seriously, please take a moment or more, over the break, and think about what brings you joy, what your hopes are, what you are truly thankful for and then, I  would really love for you to share those thoughts with me through an email. Please send them to tmeisinger[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us.
 

We have had a very busy first trimester!  It was great to see so many parents at conferences. Teachers have lots to share and what  better way to hear how your child(ren) is doing, academically, emotionally and socially. If you were unable to make conferences, I urge you to reach out and connect with your child’s teacher. Report cards will go live on Friday Nov. 17th in Infinite Campus, parent portal. We do not send home a paper copy.
 

In the next few weeks, there are several opportunities to help folks who may need a little extra help this time of year. We are doing our annual Integrated Family Community Service (IFCS) drive, within each grade level. A letter was sent, via MySchoolAnywhere regarding this. You can also contact your child’s room parent for more information. We also do an annual game drive for Children’s Hospital, information will be coming home soon.  The Santa Claus shop will have a box in our lobby for gently used and new toys for children. If you are able to help out with any of these wonderful programs, thank you in advance.
 

Please note that in January we will be sending out an “Intent to Renew” form to all families that are open-enrolled. As many of you know our enrollment is up and some class sizes are large. This form enables us to learn if families are planning on open enrolling again for next year. Please also keep in mind, if your child is not in good standing with attendance, academics or behavior, that could have an effect on their open enrollment status.
 

A HUGE thank you to PTO and past PTO parent, Kathy Diffenbach for her determination and dedication in obtaining our new electronic sign! This has been a dream for more than four years and has finally come to fruition. We are working on how best to utilize and program it. Stay tuned literally for school updates.

The best to everyone  and as always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
 

Trudy

 

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!