Posts from the Principal
Reflections of the new Principal...
Happy Holidays to everyone! This is one of my most favorite times of the year. I love that feeling of excitement in the air, and all of the opportunities there are to get together with family and friends and enjoy each other. I feel like there just isn't enough time to do those things on a regular basis. It also helps that I'm surrounded by hundreds of little people that are just as excited.
I want to briefly share some updates within the school.
* Our SBDM committees, comprised of parents and teachers, are working on revising and updating many of the policies that guide our school. By the end of the school year we should have all of our policies updated and available for you to read on our webpage.
* Teachers should be sending home communication weekly, either by newsletter or a digital form. (remind 101, etc). In these updates you should be finding out about curriculum and upcoming events. If you ever have questions about anything please feel free to contact your child's teacher by their email. All teachers do have voicemail, but it is nearly impossible to check until the end of the day because of their engagement of instruction.
* Long Range Plans (also known as curriculum maps) will be available this summer on our webpage as well. These maps will be by grade level and will allow you to see every concept being taught and when it will be introduced. This will allow you to keep current with what and when concepts are being taught. Resources for content will also be available on our website. The standards for every grade and content can already be found on the KY department of education website. These standards are what drives our instruction as teachers and is what we are measuring "mastery" of.
Lunch with students: We welcome parents to come and eat lunch with their children, and do not require you to give us advance notice. However, we do not allow outside foods (ie: Skyline, McDonalds, etc.) to be brought in for several reasons; mainly because it does not follow the federal food guidelines that we are required to enforce. If you are wanting to eat lunch with your child we recommend you pack your lunch or buy a school lunch. (Adult lunches are $3.00) . As a parent, there are times that I've wanted to do something special for my kids as well, but in this case we are asking you to follow this procedure.
For those I will not see before winter break, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May you have blessings beyond measure! See you in 2015!!!!
Please feel free to contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions that you may have.
Thank you is not nearly enough....
Raising children in this era is a massive undertaking, and cannot be done alone. There is a lot to say about "It takes a village". I can't begin to thank those parents and guardians that volunteer their time at New Haven. There are many of you that spend just as much time as the teachers. You are part of our team, and I am extremely grateful for your help in making New Haven the best school experience for our children. I welcome you to join us in any events that you can, no matter the role that you can play. I look forward to working with you.
Thank you to Amy Scott, Katie Wells, and all of the PTA gang that helped to organize the Dinner with Santa evening. It was a great success. Thank you also to all of the families that came out to celebrate with us. We hope that you enjoyed yourselves. I was able to see many of the pictures with Santa, and they were adorable.
One of the many things that I'm coming to love about New Haven is the great things our kids do everyday. It's not always about those leaps that we take within the classroom, but also what we do within our community. I often get the chance to be in the lunchroom and sit and talk with the students. (This IS my favorite part of the day) I'm amazed at all the things our kids do, the ideas they have, and the suggestions they are willing to share. They are often the first people I go to when I have a question about how to improve things at New Haven.
In the spirit of celebrating our kids, I wanted to congratulate several students / groups.
* GOTR finished up their season and did an AMAZING job (on a VERY cold morning) at their 5k. We are so very proud of all of these girls and of course love our mentoring coaches as well.
* 3rd grader, Zoe Brinegar, came in 2nd place for her drawing on the "Don't Litter" calendar contest.
* All of our Jr. FLL and FLL teams did AWESOME at the competition on Saturday, Dec. 6th. Talk about a group of out of the box thinkers! I was so impressed. We have 2 FLL teams that are advancing to the State competition in February! I can't wait. Thank you to ALL of our parents and volunteers for all of the hard work you put in for our students. We wouldn't be as amazing as we are without your expertise!
* There are many more accomplishments to celebrate, and I'm hoping that I can continue to share all of them as we go through the year!