Staying Connected

September 27, 2020

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Week Two Is a Wrap!

We had another successful week while we welcomed our kindergarten and preschool students. The children have all done an amazing job. The kindergarten students can now find their way to their classroom on their own, the children are doing a great job wearing masks, washing their hands and following safety procedures, and the teachers have been remarkable adapting to all of the challenges.

I also want to recognize the efforts of our parents as well. There are many parents home schooling their children, supporting remote learning at home, driving and picking up their children and being very patient and understanding while we overcome technology and transportation difficulties. Each day we are making progress!

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Half Day of School on Wednesday, September 30th

The school hours on a half day of school are 9:00-12:00.

Half day parent pick up time is 11:45-12:00 pm. Buses dismiss at 12:00 pm.

This week there will be no AM Preschool.

PM Preschool will attend their normal hours with parents dropping off at 12:30 and picking up at 3:00.

Regular parent drop off time in the morning is 8:45-9:00 am.

Regular parent pick up time in the afternoon is 3:00-3:15 pm.

School Cafe IDs

To set up an account in School Cafe, an ID is needed. These will be given to the classroom teachers who will then send them home for families.

Dress in Layers

This is the time of year where it's hard to decide how to dress. Dressing in layers helps! The windows on the buses will always be opened at the top and we want to use our outside spaces as much as possible for mask breaks and learning. Some of our days have been cooler and breezy while outside and we want everyone to be comfortable.

First Day of Kindergarten

First Grade Recess

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We Cooperate

The definition of COOPERATION is simple enough- combining energies to work towards a common goal. But teaching its meaning to a young child is easier said than done. Cooperation requires a combination of character attributes, such as being respectful, honest, helpful, and thoughtful. Though these are traits every parent and teacher wants their child to have, young children naturally tend to be focused on themselves. They can, however, learn these traits over time through frequent encouragement and modeling by adults.

We know that children learn character mainly through imitation. They listen, observe and learn cooperation skills by watching the words and actions of their parents and teachers. When your child sees you working happily with others, they sense the joy you feel and will want to experience that joy, too.

What are some ways that you can model cooperation?

  • Listen carefully to others so that you can understand what they are saying
  • Share or take turns when more than one person wants the same thing
  • Do a part of a shared task and do the very best you can
  • Compromise when you have a conflict
  • Show appreciation for what others contribute
  • Include everyone and make everyone feel needed