January 2019

January 2019
Posted on 01/02/2019
January 2019
Dear Families & Friends,

Happy New Year! We started this school year with the challenge to use each of the 180 school days as an opportunity. The start of a new calendar year holds this same potential: 365 days = 365 opportunities to do, to dream, to discover...what do these days hold for your family? The great thing about viewing each day as its own separate opportunity is that it makes our goals and dreams seem possible. It allows us to try something new without worry about failure of epic proportions, because each day is NEW! This mindset helps children (and us, too!) to be willing to try new things and take risks that allow them to grow. As we begin this new year, we hope you find the opportunity and potential in each day, too.

After the excitement of December, January reminds us of the power of daily routine and all that we can accomplish with consistent application and effort. We do have a few calendar items to note for this month, including:
•STAR testing between January 7 - January 18.

•January 18th: Teacher Workshop Day (no school for students)

•January 21st: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no school)

•January 23rd: Mid-Trimester

•January 29th: NAEP testing for Grade 4 students (randomly selected)


Our character trait word for the month is RESPECT. Each day, we will talk about respect and what it means for all areas of our lives, from respecting ourselves to treating others (and things) with respect. Classroom conversations and daily quotes will focus on the importance of respect, what it looks like in action, and how we can all practice respect each day. If you would like to incorporate this theme at home, there are many wonderful books that highlight respect. They include:
•Loser by Jerry Spinelli,

•A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams,

•Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell, and

•The Jacket, by Andrew Clements.  
 


Respect and seeing each day as a new opportunity go hand in hand. Our hope this month is that students see the benefits of respecting themselves, believing in themselves, and striving to be the very best versions of themselves that they can be! When this is the goal each day, we know that, even if we don’t quite make it today, we can try again tomorrow. And when we give ourselves permission to try, great things happen!

We look forward to all the opportunity and growth this month, and this new year, will bring! Welcome back! Thank you for continuing on this educational journey with us.

Until next time,

Lois Connors, Principal    Sarah Muncey, Assistant Principal

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