January Newsletter



I hope you enjoyed the holidays and wish you all a Happy New Year! We would like to send a friendly reminder to please be sure that your child is dressed in appropriate attire for outside recess, which includes jackets, hats, and mittens or gloves. Also, snow pants and boots will be needed when snow is on the ground, so your child will be permitted to play in the snow. If possible please label your items with your student’s name so any item lost can be easily returned.

Thank you for attending our Holiday events, it is always nice to see our Flanders families and friends at school supporting our students. The students and teachers work extremely hard to be prepared for these performances. We can all agree the students did an outstanding job.

The Importance of Attendance

Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school.

When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.

But when kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact. These absences can affect kids as early as Kindergarten.

As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority.


Guidelines For The Cold and Flu Season

To help prevent the spread of germs you should:

  • ● Discard used tissues promptly
  • ● Avoid sharing personal items
  • ● Cough or sneeze into elbow
  • ● Keep hands away from face
  • ● Wash hands thoroughly and often with soap and water

Tips for Keeping Your Child Home:

Please do not send your child to school if he/she has:

● Fever in the past 24 hours

● Vomiting in the past 24 hours

● Diarrhea in the past 24 hours

● Chills

● Strep throat (musts be on antibiotic for at least 24 hours before returning to school)

● Bad cold, with a ​very runny nose or bad cough​, especially if it has kept the child awake at night.

If your child becomes ill at school, he or she is too sick to benefit from school or is contagious to other children, you will be called to come and take him/her home from school. It is essential that we have a phone number where you can be contacted during the day and an emergency number in the event you cannot be reached. Please be sure that arrangements can be made to transport your child home from school in case of illness. If your daytime or emergency phone number changes during the year, please notify Mrs. Carter in the office.

I wish you a happy and healthy 2020.

Mrs. Premo


Please note that we will not be holding Extended Learning on:

January 8, 15, 22, and 29th due to Ski Club.

Thanks for your understanding.


December was exciting for Mrs. Topa’s Kindergarten class! Snowball, our classroom elf from the North Pole brought cheer and treats daily. He even set up a time for Santa to visit Flanders Elementary! We enjoyed our time with Santa and the three weeks with Snowball. Our class enjoyed all the Christmas stories and learning about the various Christmas traditions. We welcome January 2020 with wide open arms and are ready to read our way through winter and into spring. Happy New Year from our classroom to your homes!

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We have definitely had a blast in December. We had a visitor from the North Pole visit us daily. His name was McJingles! He encourage us to spread Christmas cheer every day. We also were very excited when Santa came to visit and then we got to open our stockings!! Thank you to all the families that helped in some way to make December a memorable one.


The following students were recognized for their consistent displays of SAFETY.


the Physical Education classes do warm up activities at the start of each class. Our warm up includes: jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups and stretching. Sometimes we switch up and do alternative warm ups to keep it fun.

Grades 3-5 finished a basketball unit which included lay ups, passing, dribbling, and shooting. They also learned games, such as knock out, around the world, and outs. 5th grade played 2 on 2 and 3 on 3 basketball games. Our goal was learning sportsmanship!

Kindergarten through grade 2 classes worked on dribbling. We worked on cross over dribbling, and dribbling with right and left hand. Before the weather got cold, we were playing kickball outside. We played small games with 3-4 on a team and sometimes played with the whole class.

We also did a parachute unit. this is one of the students' favorite units! All the classes worked with he parachute, we did routines and dances to music with it.

Just a reminder, we will be going outside, weather permitting. Please dress children appropriately with coats, hats, mittens, boots and ski pants.

Happy New Year!

Mr. Gordon

January Birthdays

Marissa Hebert

Zoe DeBose

Keidyn Robinson

Jedrick Scott

Delaney Matott

Colt King

Amara Johnston

Brennen-Lee Wilson

Ayden Pryce

Thomas McBride III

Andrew Avery

Owen Childs

Azaireyah Lopez

Izabella Jock

Emma Collins