Welcome back from Thanksgiving break. I hopethat you took the opportunity to spend time with your family and to break awayfrom the usual fast pace to a slower more relaxed one. It is important tokeep in mind that childhood is a special time of learning, exploration andgrowth. Children need to be provided “free” time to explore their worldand experience the joy of discovery. Sometimes children’s lives are overprogrammed every minute of the day with after school activities and thencrammed in between is homework. Hopefully we can provide time for ourchildren to be children.
You all have received your child’s first trimester report card. Parents – teachers – and students all play an important role in academic success. Follow your child’s progress during the year by reviewing their homework each night and looking over the assignments and class work that they bring home in the Tuesday Folder. I just want to emphasize that the report card is not a measure of your child’s worth or of your parenting skills. It is a summary of how your child did based on the teacher’s grading criteria for this trimester. It also indicates if there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Look behind the grade. Is your child involved in too many extracurricular activities? If your child is trying his or her hardest and still not understanding the material, contact the teacher immediately. Keep in touch with the teacher when you have questions and concerns.
Anette Raichbart, Principal