Dear Parents and Guardians -
It was a pleasure to welcome back students to school today after the holiday break. Students were eager to see their friends and teachers and many of them appeared to be excited about the new material being presented in class.
Even though we are just half way through the school year, the next few months tend to be the most important time of the year in terms of the learning that will take place. This is due to the fact that routines and expectations are well established and meaningful work can occur daily in every subject area. The excitement of the holidays has passed, it feels like winter, and the next school break does not roll around until the end of March. Looking at the calendar, I count eleven weeks before spring break. Having been in the field of education for nearly 30 years, I know from experience that this is the golden window of opportunity for learning and growth.
We are excited to be able to observe this growth firsthand and I am confident that you as a parent will see the amazing growth as well. You can help your child and teacher by making sure your student is present every day and that you reinforce what they have been working on at school. Don’t hesitate to ask them to share at least one thing they learned each day and what more they are interested in learning on a particular topic.
Children by nature are inquisitive and curious. They want to understand how the world works and in the upper elementary grades they also begin to contemplate what role they play in the society in which they live.
We are all busy with a million things on our to-do lists at work and at home. In the midst of this hustle and bustle, I encourage you to take some time with your children to listen to them and understand what they are doing at school everyday…I have no doubt that they will surprise you, and maybe even that they will enlighten you.
Happy New Year!