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    Principal’s Message - December 2019

        

         Thank you for your generosity during the Harvest for the Hungry food drive. We sent many boxes and a large monetary donation this week to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. We are blessed to be a part of such a generous community!                  

         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 appropriately. 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 every year who accrue 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 when students miss multiple lessons, it 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 keep our kids in school!

         It is hard to believe we are nearing the end of 2019. 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 wonderful new year!

         Thank you for your continued partnership! Don’t hesitate to contact me should the need arise.

     

      Mrs. Colleen Harris