Moreau Heights Principal Newsletter

January 2019

Message from the Principal

Charger Families,

New Year - Renewed Focus!

As we begin the new year, we are renewing our focus on those factors that best support a safe, positive, engaging learning environment for all students.

We are spending time reviewing our expectations with students. Here are the areas we are focusing on:

  • How to respond to adult directions - Yes, Okay, or Just do it
  • I am responsible for myself and my actions
  • Respect vs Disrespect
  • Choose words and actions
  • Be a problem solver
  • Disagreeing respectfully

Thank you for your continued support of our work to support ALL students with a safe, positive and engaging learning environment.

We would love to have you get involved in the Moreau Heights family by volunteering through our MOMS or Watch DOGS programs.

Sue Haugen

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Calendar of Events

Friday, January 11

*5th grade Growing Up conversations

Tuesday, January 15

*PTO meeting 6:00

Thursday, January 17

*Dental visits

Friday, January 18

*No School for Students - Staff Professional Development Day

Monday, January 21

*No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

Friday, January 25

*PBS Assemblies

- 8:30 grades 3-5

- 9:40 grades k-2

Tuesday, January 29

*4th and 5th grade Show-Me Players presentation 8:30 am

PTO Events and Activities

PTO Meeting: Tuesday Feb. 15 at 6pm in the library.

Hear an update about some of new great things going on this year! Kelsey Chrisman from Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities will also be joining us.

Mark your calendar for our Talent Show on Thursday, Feb. 21. Be on the lookout for sign up information soon!

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How Can You Make An Impact?

Want to get involved in our Watch DOGS program for Dads or male role models? Please complete the information form to get the process started.

Want to get involved in our MOMS program for Moms or other family role models? Please complete the information from to get the process started.

Once we get you information we will send you a form for a background check, then let you get started making a positive impact by being personally involved in our school.

Breakfast in the Classroom

We have a new look to breakfast as we begin 2019! We have begun with our Breakfast in the Classroom.

  • All students have the opportunity to eat breakfast in the classroom each morning. Breakfast will run from 7:45 - 8:15 in the classroom.
  • Classrooms will each have breakfast options for students. Students will select from these choices in their rooms and enjoy breakfast as a classroom community.

We are excited about this new opportunity for students and the benefit from seeing that all students have access to a meal to start the day!

Attendance Matters!

Our goal is to have students at school every day, ready to learn. Please support our efforts by:

  • Having students at school by 8:10
  • Scheduling appointments around school hours (8:15 - 3:15) when possible
  • Making on time arrival at school a priority by having a morning routine
  • Seeing that students are getting to bed at a reasonable time and are allowed a restful night of sleep

Thank you for your help by letting your child know that school is important to you!

Teacher of the Year Nominations Open

Want to nominate one of our deserving educators for the 2019 Eisinger Teacher of the Year award? Please submit your nomination online before January 9, 2019. Fill out the online nomination form here.

Educators eligible for this award include full-time, certified teachers, school librarians, guidance counselors or instructional coaches. You are welcome to nominate as many teachers as you would like. The nominated teacher must have five years of teaching experience, with two of those years being served in the Jefferson City Public Schools. For more information, call the JCPS Foundation at 573-659-3743 or click here.

Focus on Parenting - Teaching Our Children to Wait

The life of an author/public speaker usually revolves around trying to turn some seemingly unrelated life experience into a metaphor for use in a book chapter, article, or speech. Right now… right at this moment… I’m waiting in line at our local Motor Vehicle Department. It’s often the small things in life that bring us the most joy.

Is waiting part of life? Is learning patience something that will benefit our kids immensely as they travel the winding, and often traffic-jammed road of life? If they don’t, will their road end up being far rougher?

You’ve probably noticed that kids are not born with this skill, and many are not shy about demonstrating their lack of appreciation for anything that delays the immediate delivery of their desires. While this is normal for young children, a danger lies in how it can train us to jump through hoops trying to keep them calm. The faster we give them what they want, the less whining, begging, hassling, and chaos we experience in the short term.

Yes, in the short term all seems well.

Brave parents understand they can pay now or pay bigger. As such, they embrace the short-term commotion, wisely allowing their kids to experience the healthy struggle of wait time. These parents may provide some brief suggestions to their kids, such as:

• “Some kids decide to concentrate about something they really like. Sometimes that makes the time go faster.”

• “Some kids decide to repeat to themselves, ‘I can do this. I can do this. I’m big. I can do this.’”

• “Some kids decide to bring a book to read.”

Wise parents also demonstrate this skill in front of their kids. Of course, this can be the most challenging part for many of us. While in traffic, while waiting in line at the store, they allow their kids to hear their thoughts. They think out loud:

“Waiting is hard. Sometimes it’s not very fun. But… it’s such good practice. Good things come to those who wait!”

Finally, Love and Logic parents notice when their young ones do a good job of waiting, and they demonstrate that good things come to those who wait. While we don’t believe in going overboard with rewards, it is fun and effective to occasionally provide a small one.

“I noticed that you waited the entire time I was on the phone without interrupting. What do you think about going for ice cream?”

Is the ability to delay gratification one of the most important skills we can give our kids?