Principal's News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Parents,

 

It’s hard to believe that we have completed our first trimester! We have had a busy and productive few months. The beginning of school is always so exciting, meeting new families, making new friends, getting the routine of the school day down and settling in for the school year! I would say we are off and running smoothly.

 

We have had an exciting and action packed first trimester. We started the school year off with the always popular Pancake Breakfast, full of fun and lots of families. The gymnastics show and the Veteran’s Day program; we have such talented students!!

 

There are a couple of items I wanted to bring to your attention. We have had an alarming amount of tardies in the morning. Starting the day off rushing in and trying to get settled, as the rest of our class has begun their morning routine, can be tough for children. Please remember that the first bell rings at 7:55 a.m. and late bell is 8:00 a.m.  Please take another look at our district attendance policy.

 

Our Lost and Found is OVERFLOWING!! Everything will be donated the last day before Winter Break.

 

Don’t forget that Report cards go live on Friday, November 16th, at 3:00 p.m. on the Parent Portal. We do not send home paper report cards. You must go on-line to see your child’s report card!

 

Enjoy the week ahead, take time to do what it is that you and your family love to do. We look forward to seeing you back here on November 26th and finish up 2018 strong!

 

A happy, peaceful Thanksgiving to all!!

 

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. 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

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!