Dates and Reminders
November 23rd - School Turkey Trot - During recess - Fun run for our students and staff
November 24-26 - No school for Thanksgiving break
December 5th - Holiday Bazaar (see flyer below)
December 15th - Take out Tuesday at Burrito Shack
December 17th - Last day of school before Winter Break
January 3rd - Teacher work day No School for Students
January 4th - Students return from Winter Break
At the board meeting this week we also reviewed our calendar, there have been some approved calendar changes for the second semester!
Please note the following changes:
Friday, January 14th is now a full teacher work day. No school for students that day.
*This makes a 4 day weekend for students since there is no school Monday, January 17th for MLK Day*
Wednesday, January 26th is now a full day of school. No half day for students or staff.
Wednesday, February 16th is now a full teacher work day. No school for students that day.
Reading at home
Most often, the reply is take time to read and read and read. The ability for a child to read to you, to listen to you read, and for you to read together will continue to grow your child's ability to decode and increase stamina in reading.
The state of North Carolina has now created a website dedicated to Literacy at Home. It is full of activities and resources to use at home. All are sorted by grade level. If you feel you are unsure of what level to have your child work on, reach out to their teacher for guidance. Ms. Judie shared this link with our teachers and we felt it was important to share it with our families as well.
Click the book to link to the website!
The burnout is real...
Children are just beginning to be able to be vaccinated. This is a choice for each family to consider just as it was for adults being vaccinated. Starting January 4th, we will be making masks optional for all students and staff. Again, this will be a choice for families to make and conversations for families to have with their students. I will be working to update our COVID guidebook based on these new measures and will send it out to families once it is approved by our Board of Directors.
We will continue to do our part here at school to follow the guidelines set in the NC School Toolkit along with recommendations from New Hanover County Department of Health and Human Services. It is important to note that we do not have to follow the county or even the county schools. Our board meets monthly to review the procedures we have in place and update/change as needed.
As always, reach out to me with questions and/or concerns.
Thank you for your continued support and patience.
Here we grow AGAIN!
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For me, I have quite the list:
I am thankful for the wonderful students we have here at IMS. They are our purpose in all we do. They are the forefront of every decision and action that we take. We have an amazing group of students who continue to grow and change the world around them.
I am thankful for the staff we have here at IMS. We have an amazing group of lead teachers, assistants, EC teachers, and specials teachers who work very hard to provide the most nurturing and inviting environments for our students. There are not enough hours in the day to do all that is asked of them but they continue to work and not give up. They continue to find creative ways to integrate topics into their lessons, to meet children where they are and grow our students academically and emotionally. Our support staff and administrative team are the most giving and supportive group we have ever had. They are always dropping their own work to provide a helping hand where needed. They keep us running every day and we would be lost without them! Thank you to each of our staff members for continuing to make our school community the best around!
I am thankful for our families. We are truly lucky with the families we have here. You have entrusted us with something so important and we are grateful for the commitment and trust you show in our Montessori methodology. I am thankful for your commitment to our growth in service. We have had an outpour of support for our food drive and book drive. The food drive for the NC Domestic Violence Shelter was over 600 items. The Shelter Director said they now have enough food for Thanksgiving and December Holidays! To witness this commitment, grows our love for what we do at our school and it would not be this successful without your support!
I am thankful for our Board of Directors. They are the behind the scenes workers who don't get the recognition they deserve. They put in hours of work for policies, fundraising, and support for our school. I am grateful for their work and support!
I am thankful for our FSA. We have a hard working group of parents who volunteer many, many hours to connect our staff, students and families. They have had to find new and inventive ways during COVID but I am so grateful we are able to have community events again this year.
Thank you all for your commitment to our school and our mission. I wish you all a peaceful and relaxing Thanksgiving. May you stay healthy and enjoy time together sharing what you are most thankful for.