December 2017 Principal’s Message
Thank you to all families who will attend our second parent/teacher conference day this week. The hope is for teachers to provide you with meaningful feedback about your child’s progress. There will be one more conference day on March 2nd. Our goal remains to have a face-to-face conference with all parents before the holiday break, leaving the last conference day for those who would benefit from an additional meeting. This continued communication is key to the success of our children—thank you for your participation!
As the winter draws near, please know we intend to have recess outside daily. We are able to go outside as long as the temperature and wind chill are both above 32º. Please make sure your child is dressed accordingly. As you clean out closets and get rid of old games or puzzles, don’t forget these are great donations to your child’s classroom for indoor recess days.
We continue to review attendance data regularly, both absences and tardies. There are legitimate reasons for absences, whether due to illness or a family emergency. We have many students this year who have accrued absences due to family vacations. These types of absences are considered being truant from school and marked as unexcused. At this time of year, missing 6 or more days of school for any reason is considered excessive. If you combine a family vacation with unexpected illnesses throughout the year, students have the potential to miss a great deal of instructional time. I urge you to really look at your child’s attendance and place this as a priority. We need to teach our children that attending school is their job, and just like the real world, attendance is mandatory. Teachers are specially trained to teach and missing multiple lessons will have a negative effect on their academic progress. Please communicate with your child’s teacher or see me or Mrs. Levery if you have specific concerns regarding your child’s attendance. Thank you for your efforts in helping us keep kids in school!
It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of 2017. As I count my blessings this holiday season, I continue to be grateful for the opportunity to lead such a wonderful school. I really cannot say enough good things, and I thank you for your continued partnership. I hope you and your families will have time this holiday season to share your own blessings and spend time with those close to your hearts. I wish you all a very happy holiday season and a prosperous new year!
Mrs. Colleen Harris