Principal's News










Hello Runyon Families,


As I begin this letter to you, I am listening to the whir of the carpet cleaner next door in the Conference room (Thank you Mr. Mike and Mr. Larry for getting our Runyon all shiny and clean for us), the phone in the office ringing every few minutes and different staff members poking their heads around the corner to say, “Welcome back!” A smile comes to my face because it is the start of a new year, new students, new staff members, new parents, new friends, new school supplies (even if they have been on the shelves of Target since June 1st) and most of all a new start!! Beginning anew is an exciting, refreshing time and I love this opportunity for everyone!! Whether you are an “OLD” Runyon friend or a “NEW” Runyon friend, WELCOME!!

A new year always brings changes and I have a few to share with you.

~First and foremost our school day times have changed!! Our school day will be from 8:00-2:43. That means we will have adults out on the playground starting at 7:45am. Students may NOT be on the playground before that time, unless accompanied by an adult. Our first bell will ring at 7:55 am, students will line up in their classes at that time, second bell is 8:00 am. If your child arrives at school after 8:00 am, they must check into the office for a late pass.

~The first day of school for 1st-5th is Friday, August 17th and it is a half day. School will start at 8:00am and end at 12:00 - WE WILL SERVE LUNCH that day and all half days; Sept. 28th, Nov. 9th, Feb. 15th, April 26th and May 24th.

~Please Welcome our new staff members:

     5th grade - Jennifer Budden

     1st grade - Erin Presta

     Kindergarten - Michelle Ankenbauer-Parks

     Dean - Maggie Granat

     Gifted and Talented Facilitator - In process

     Building Paraprofessional -  In process

     Special Education Paraprofessionals - In process


I look forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming events;

8/16 (4:00-6:00 pm) - Open House to drop off supplies and say hello to your new teacher

8/17 - First day for 1st - 5th - LUNCH SERVED - dismissal 12:00pm

8/25 - Pancake Breakfast - 9:00-11:00

8/30 -New Parent Night and Curriculum Night - 6:00 - 8:15 pm

See everyone soon and I look forward to meeting all the new families that will join us this year. Please know my door is open, let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Here’s to a wonderful 2018-19 school year!




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. Please get in line along the west side of Elati St. If you are headed north on Elati you will need to go down to the Roundabout and join the line of cars headed south on Elati St. 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!