My grandmother never learned to drive a car. She did drive a green John Deere Riding Mower, though. Usually, as April became May, even into her late 80s, it would not be unusual to find her atop her riding mower cutting the grass on her big lawn with sweeping, perfect lines.
With as much attention to detail as my grandmother, the children have been working hard to make letters with sweeping, perfect lines. The teachers and I are so proud of their progress. Kindergartners have started to join the 100 word club; this is a special group because they know 100 sight words and more importantly, like our little ones in preschool, draw pictures and write corresponding stories about their world. As we move towards the end of the school year, please help your child practice their letters and sounds and Kindergartners to practice ‘sight words’ EVERYDAY at home for a few minutes. This will help them to become ‘100 WORD STRONG’ and on American Reading Level Green by the end of the year. We encourage you to help your child to practice writing and identifying numbers as well.
As our school year winds down, we hope that you will prioritize your child’s attendance in school each and every day until June 26th. Many fun activities are planned, but more importantly, your child will have continued opportunity to be a valuable, honored member of his/her classroom community. Captain Hunt today, Harvard tomorrow!!! J According to the Baltimore Education Research Consortium, students with low attendance in both PreK and K often continue to have low attendance, are more likely to be retained by grade 3 and on average have lower academic outcomes than peers with better attendance. Each quarter, our School Counselor, Miss Nancy sends attendance letters to children who have many absences. Lately, we have received quite a few calls about the attendance letters as well as requests for meetings. Please know that if your little one is ill, we absolutely know that you need to keep them home but we are only allowed to excuse your child’s absence if you provide us with a doctor’s note. (District Policy) And so, if you call and let us know that your child has a cold or fever but there is no note, that absence will be characterized as an unexcused absence. Additionally, we want your little one to be at school to participate in all activities. If your child is absent, he/she misses opportunities to learn. Please, please send your little one to school! Miss Nancy’s attendance letters are really LOVE NOTES from us to you. We love your child! We want your child to be in school and so, if your child has been absent more than 10 percent of the time, we formally write to you to let you know that we care and are concerned that your little one is missing out on valued learning time. #ATTENDANCEMATTERS
Grammy always wore a great big straw hat when she cruised around on her tractor. Her tiny frame almost seemed to be flying as she zoomed around the yard like a superhero. I think that it used to take her hours and hours to mow the lawn but it seemed to go so fast. Just like our year with your little one. Your child’s phenomenal progress has made the year seem to fly by. As we have zoomed through this year, thank you for your partnership and joy. The teachers and I truly feel so lucky and blessed to have spent this special year with your family.
With Much Gratitude,
Beth Tanner, MS Ed Principal