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Happy New Year!!

 

I do hope you and your family had a wonderful Winter Break and that you were able to relax and spend time doing the things you love to do as a family.

 

As always, this time of year brings lots of activities!! During the month of January we have our Kindergarten Information Night on the 24th, from  6:00-7:00 pm. This event is for parents only. Kindergarten Registration is on the 28th and 29th of January. If you know of a kindergartner that lives within our boundaries, please reach out to those families and encourage them to come in and register their future student. Our stupendous Science Fair is on the 31st, from 6:00-8:00pm. There are always a marvelous myriad of cool experiments, please do check it out!

February kicks off with our annual Father/Daughter dance on Feb. 2nd. It’s always a lovely night for dads and daughters!! Please be sure to read the weekly PTO Newsletter to keep up to date on all the happenings at Runyon.

I also want to bring to your attention the amount of tardies that we tallied up in the four weeks before Winter Break. The numbers ranged from 41 in one week to a staggering 79 in another week! I realize we all have challenging mornings and being late happens sometimes. I’m most concerned with the habitual tardiness;  those who are late on a consistent basis. As adults we know how we feel when we are late to work or an event and it can set the mood for the rest of the day. Understand how that feels for a child who is consistently late and has to play “catch up” all day. They miss important instruction that does affect the rest of their day. Please have your child(ren) here by 7:55. Being here on time truly does help them to have a better day of learning.  Thank you for your help!

I’m aware some families bring their dogs to school to either drop off or pick up their kiddos. Being a dog lover myself,  I wish we could have our four legged family members be a part of our school day. However, due to the temperaments of our furry friends and student allergies, we ask that you not bring your animals on to school property. Thank you for your understanding.

Last, but definitely not least, thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your child’s learning. We do so appreciate all of you and your children, especially!

May 2019, be a year of memorable moments and kindness toward all!

Take care!

Trudy Meisinger

 

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!