Dear families, Jan 10, 2013
The safety of our students has always been our #1 priority. After recent events, the entire staff has been reviewing existing protocol and clarifying specific responses to any emergency. Mrs. Hanes is the best source of information if you have any questions about this.
One recent change you should be aware of is that we now enter absences into the county database first thing every morning. Previously, we did this later in the day; which meant we could label the absence as a “tardy” if the child had simply come in late. You may receive an automated phone call that your child is absent when they are actually just tardy. Please call the office if you need to clarify that your child is in fact at school.
Our first week of the new year was filled with a lot of fun stories from winter break. The kids were definitely slow to adjust to getting back on a schedule and therefore our mornings were pretty subdued and quiet. It looks like a lot of kids spent some time reading over break, as we’ve had a lot of promotions to new book levels this week.
Next week, we dive into our new unit: Birds of Prey. We are so excited to study these fascinating creatures and have planned some great activities. One thing we want to do is make a little owl who has realistic feathers. These can be purchased at a craft store. If you’re willing to buy a bag or two of realistic looking feathers, please send them any time next week. We don’t need the kind that are dyed wacky colors.
One more request: if anyone has a real bird nest we can look at (we’ll try not to damage it), would you be willing to loan it to us?