January News

posted Jan 10, 2014, 12:05 PM by Ellen Honan   [ updated Jan 10, 2014, 12:09 PM ]

Dear Families,

 Happy New Year!  Happy Winter! 

 In spite of the frigid temperatures and indoor recesses, we have had a wonderful beginning to our new year.  Everyone was ready to get back into the routine of school, and it was fun reconnecting with our friends after a two-week break.

 The delayed opening on Monday was a new routine for most of us. Should it happen again, we all know the expectation that everything is put off by two hours: bus schedules, playground supervision, and the start of school. The end of the day remains the same and a delay counts as a full day of school.  Be sure to check our website and the local television and radio stations for up-to-date school closings. 

 Your children may have told you that we can no longer allow children to go back for seconds at the salad bar. This is a new federal regulation to eliminate food contamination. Just like a restaurant salad bar where customers cannot go back with a soiled plate, we can no longer allow the children to go back for seconds without providing a second tray.  During their walk-through, children are encouraged to take at least a half a cup of fruits and vegetables from the salad bar.  What we have found this week is that the children are making very healthy choices and are eating their fruits and veggies!

 On Tuesday, we will have the first of three lunchtime concerts presented by musicians from 317 Main. This is the result of a grant written by Erica Troy and funded by YEF. The concert on Tuesday will feature a jazz trio. The expectation is not that the children are silent while they are playing...rather it will be more of a coffee house type experience.  This will be a nice change of pace for the students and teachers.

 Over the next few weeks your child’s teacher will be scheduling parent/teacher conferences. This is an important opportunity for us to connect with you to share student progress and set goals for future performance.  Your child’s teacher spends a great deal of time preparing to meet with you.  To help you make the most of this time, I am offering some suggestions that may assist you in preparing for your conference.

  • Prepare a written list of questions in advance.
  • Be on time. The teacher is scheduling many conferences and strives to stay on schedule to honor each family’s time.
  • Stay on topic.
  • Ask what you can do at home to help your child be successful at school.

 Upcoming Events:

Thursday, January 16                PTO at YES                            7:00 PM

Monday, January 20                  Martin Luther King Day            NO SCHOOL

Warm wishes,

Ellen Honan, Principal