Principals Message - January
Dear Montevideo Families,
Welcome back and Happy New Year. Everything is back in full swing here at school. Teachers and staff are rejuvenated and ready go. I want to touch base on a few things:
- Our book of the month for January is a story called Whoever You Are by one of my favorite author's, Mem Fox.
“Every day all over Australia, children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, eating and sleeping. They may not look the same or speak the same language, but inside, they are just like you. This story weaves its way across cultures and generations, celebrating the bond that unites us all.” Please visit the following link for all of our Culturally Responsive Teaching Books by month:
- Come and check out PTA and see how easy it is to get involved and serve your community. Our next association meeting in January 25th at 8:30 AM in the MPR. We are looking for new board members for the upcoming school year!
- The first of five conference/workdays will take place on Monday, January 23. This day is a minimum day intended to allow teachers to meet with parents of struggling students and use as a workday. Students who might benefit from a conference in January include those who require an initial or follow-up SST; students who are making little to no progress in core subject area(s) with interventions and progress monitoring in place; and, any student who has been referred to the School Intervention Team and is not making progress. Your teacher will contact you if she feels your student is in need of a conference.
- This is always a good time of year to revisit school rules and expectations with your student at home, so that we are all on the same page. So far, we have been impressed with student behavior after the long break. That said, it is better to proactive with your student regarding behavior. It is helpful for parents to have conversations with their children about what it means to be a good person and the basic rules of respect: Respect Yourself, Respect Others and Respect Your environment. Talk to your kids about these principles and how they apply to home and school.
- Rainy Days ahead! If you would like to volunteer your time to help during rainy day recess, please contact your teacher or me. We could always use extra hands on deck during the rainy season. Also, please remember to dress your students appropriately for the weather. We will take students out for fresh air whenever possible. I have noticed that kids are not always equipped with warm weather/wet attire.
Thanks for reading!