A GREAT BEGINNING!
This has been an exciting first month of school. The students have learned routines and expectations very quickly. They have figured out how to get on the right bus, how to get their lunch in the cafe, how to line up for recess, and how to be safe on the playground.
The classroom routines have also been established. Students are learning the chants for the letters and sounds, they are reading books, working out math problems, and also learning how to make friends and maintain positive relationships. We are very proud of everyone’s hard work.
PREPARATION FOR THE DAY
The efforts put forth by parents and guardians to send your children to school ready to learn and participate in all activities are greatly appreciated. Remembering things such as returning the library book, wearing sneakers on gym day, sending a healthy snack for break, and getting enough sleep are all very important. It does not take much to throw some children off for the day when those things are missed. Eventually, teaching your children to take some of the responsibility for those things themselves will be beneficial to everyone.
Please make every effort to have your child in school and on time. The time they take to get settled into the day, chat with classmates, and get warmed up for the day’s activities is very important. Relating to attendance, according to BoostUp.org, a national dropout prevention campaign, missing just two days every month of the school year can put a child behind academically.
PARENT HANDBOOK/FOOD IN CLASSROOM/INVITES
Please take some time to review the Parent/Student Handbook that can be found online at the District website. Some very relevant information pertaining to our school can be found on page 32. The information about sending food to school, and the distribution of personal/private party invitations are on that page.
“Do not send food to the classrooms unless prearranged with the classroom teacher, as foods distributed in school must meet nutritional standards established by state and federal laws.” Because our students are so young, this also helps safeguard them from allergic reactions to food that may be new to them.
“Invitations to private parties cannot be distributed on school grounds. Staff cannot release the addresses and/or telephone numbers of students.” This protects our students privacy and safety.
All of us on staff at Underhill are very fortunate to spend the day with your children. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do to ensure the best school experience.