Principal's News










Welcome Back Runyon Family and Friends!

Another school year is about to begin and we have so many wonderful times and memories ahead! I do hope your summer was filled with time together and some special times with family and friends!

We have lots of changes coming to Runyon this Fall and I would like to share those with you so that you are up to date as our year together begins!

First, welcome to all of our new families that have joined us over the summer. We are happy you are here at Runyon and look forward to getting to know each of you!!

I would like to introduce our new staff members:

1st -  Mrs. Lydia Chasse

2nd - Ms. Kelli Groves

4th -  Ms. Mindy Allen

5th - Mr. Scott Carpenter

Social Worker - Mrs. JoEllen Fountain

Center Based Teacher - Mrs. Allie Fleming

Kdg para pros - Mrs. Jean Turner - Amy Flanagan’s class

                          Mrs. Caroline Beck - Erin Presta’s class

LSS para -  Ms. Elizabeth Tice


Lots of new faces to get to know! We are excited to have them all be a part of our Runyon community! Please help me in welcoming them to our school!



This year we are going to try something new to start our day off called,  “soft start”. Soft starts offers a bridge between the whirlwind of arriving to school and the social, mental, and academic demands of the day.  We give students the opportunity to transition to a school environment and build community with their peers. It offers a welcome into the school day that is more calming. At 7:45 we will open the front doors for K-2nd graders and the doors to the right of the electronic sign, for 3rd - 5th graders.. 

  • ALL STUDENTS will come directly into the building as they arrive at school, whether they ride a bus, walk or are dropped off.


  •  Students will enter the building and go directly to their classrooms. 

  • Parents, we ask that you drop your child at the outside doors that will be open daily, in the front area of the school. 

Students will go directly to their rooms, where their teachers will be. Walking to their classrooms on their own, will promote independence for all of our students. We will have adults in the hallways in designated areas to direct and help students if they need to. Once they are in their classrooms  students will hang up their backpacks, coats, etc., take care of their lunch count/ attendance routine and engage in activities like creative work, reading, structured play bins, math games, etc. 

Teachers will then start their school day promptly at 8:00 am, with all their students in the room ready to participate. If your child arrives at school after the 8:00 bell, they will be marked tardy and will need to come to the front doors. They will need to stop in the office for a late pass and then head to class. Again there will be no playground supervision in the morning before school and students may not be dropped off before 7:45 am. PARENTS, please say your goodbyes to your students outside of the building and they may then walk to their classrooms with their  peers.We are excited about this new process and believe that all students days will start off in a calmer way, ready to begin their learning. Thank you for helping make this a success.


On another note regarding parent drop off and pick up: 


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 coming south on Elati to the entrance of the North lot and drive around toward the flagpole. IF YOU ARE COMING NORTHBOUND ON ELATI -PLEASE CONTINUE ON TO THE ROUND- ABOUT  AND THEN HEAD SOUTH BOUND ON ELATI TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE PARKING LOT. PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO COME NORTHBOUND ON ELATI AND MAKE A LEFT HAND TURN INTO THE NORTH PARKING LOT.

*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.

As always we are all excited to begin the new school year! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to our year ahead and all the learning and joys it will bring!!

Trudy Meisinger




~~“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!