Principal's News










Welcome Back Everyone!!

Yes, time to get back into our school routines. I know the transition back can be  hard for children, parents and teachers alike. No doubt we all love our summertime and hopefully there was opportunities to unwind, kick back and enjoy time as a family. All of us here at Runyon, look forward to a wonderful year with all of you!!

We had another busy summer here at Runyon. I hope you have had a chance to check out our beautiful new playground!?? We will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 16th, at 3:00 pm. I hope you will join us.

As is typical for the start of a new school year, we have had a few changes over the summer and I want to welcome our new staff members!

**Mr. Hill will be our Dean for the first few weeks of school, as Mrs. Cutsforth continues her maternity leave. Congratulations to her & her family, on the birth of their daughter, Vivian Rose, born on July 5th.

5th Grade - Mary Beth Benner
2nd Grade - Tami Brook
2nd Grade - Amy Wethington
Kindergarten - Sara Kline
Kindergarten AM only -  TBD - (Mrs. Eicherly will be our long term substitute)
Instructional Coach/Literacy- Rachael Lessman
Psychologist - Francesca Merritt
Computer Instructional Para - TBD
Reading Para - Lori Dawson
2nd grade Para - Cheryl Bryschel
1st grade Para - Jenny Dobmier

Kdg 1/2 day Para - Cindy Trujillo
LSS Paras -Becky Jackman and Sarah Walford
3 hour Custodian - Mike Wright

Lots of new faces have joined us and I know you all will welcome them in the Runyon way, with open minds and hearts!  Welcome as well, to all of our new families! We are happy to have each and everyone of you here at Runyon!

I look forward to the start of our new year, with the new playground and getting to know our new families. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. My door is open! Happy new school year to all!!


Trudy Meisinger



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


~~“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!