We’re 1/2 Way There!

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe we are already half way through the 2014-15 school year. When I consider how far our students have come in their learning, I’m amazed that it’s really been only 5 months. Our kindergarten students now know their way around and are independent with so many responsibilities, and our 5th grade students are demonstrating mature leadership in and outside of our building. Last week and this week, we have taken a look at student progress for each student, and we will be working hard to maintain the same amount of growth throughout these next few months. Report cards will be coming home on Tuesday, February 3. Please review these reports, have discussions with your student about their learning, and please call us if you have any questions or concerns.

Unfortunately, we have been inundated with a significant bout of illnesses across our building. Our school nurses have indicated that strep throat and fever illnesses have been most prevalent. Please remember to keep sick students home for 24 hours after symptoms get better (vomiting, diarrhea, fever) to prevent the spread to others. If your child has been diagnosed with +influenza, he/she is required to stay home for 5 days or until he/she finishes the Tamiflu, even if symptoms get better. Also, please continue to remind students to wash their hands frequently in and outside of school.

I’d like to remind you about our parking guidelines so that we can keep safety in mind as we pick up and drop off students. Please remember that students should NOT be dropped off or picked up on New York Avenue. This is where the buses drop off and pick up, and students should not be walking back and forth on New York Avenue. Please also remember that the lot in front of school is a no-drive through “safe zone.” Please park your car in a parking space, so that traffic can move through safely and efficiently. Thank you for your cooperation with keeping our students safe.

It may seem like spring is still a long way off, but we can still find a few ways to take advantage of the cold weather. Snuggling up with your children to read a good book is one way. Here is a link from our literacy coach to provide you some tips when reading with your children:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRPNPCAf84E Top Tips for Reading to Children

Have a great week!

Ann Steenwyk