December 3, 2017
Middle School Parents,
It’s hard to believe that we have finished the first three months of school and are now looking towards the final three weeks before Christmas break! The first third of the school year has been phenomenal! In classrooms, teaching and learning has been exceptional - high levels of engagement, high expectations, and high focus on learning. Discipline referrals remain low (tardiness having the highest numbers) and students continue to make positive choices. We have intentionally focused on building ownership, integrity, and gratitude with our students. The first three months of school have truly been successful!
As we kickoff a new month, we will begin a focus on service with our students. Our challenge to the students of MSMS, will be to think outside of themselves, to do something positive for someone else. We have students with big hearts, who care about others; I believe this is naturally inside of us all. Throughout the month, we will remind our students and challenge them to serve others. It is in serving others that we reach our fullest potential and can impact the life of someone else. I believe Martin Luther King Jr. says it perfectly, “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” As we begin a new month, one that lends itself to giving and service, we will remind, teach, and inspire this within our students. Please do the same at home, talking about and recognizing service within your family, friends, and society.
DRESS WARM and LEAVE EARLY -- With snow on the way, temperatures dropping, and traffic moving more slowly, please be sure that you and your students are preparing in advance. Encourage students to dress warm (coats, hats, gloves), use caution when walking to school, and to leave earlier in the morning. As parents, plan to leave a little earlier in order to provide plenty of time when arriving at school. Remember that class starts at 7:40 with doors opening at 7:30 (drop off by 7:20 for limited traffic congestion.)
PICK-UP EXPECTATIONS -- When picking up your student(s) after school, please be reminded:
PULL FORWARD in the drop zone as cars leave. This will allow us to get as many cars into the pick-up lane as possible. This will keep extra traffic and long lines off of the road (Woodside and Reneer). Plus, it’s safer for our students.
Pick up in the PICK-UP LANE, not in the middle lane. This is not safe for our kids and it stops the traffic flow.
Please do NOT PICK UP on the street. Again, this is dangerous and does not allow cars to leave safely.
HOMEWORK HELP -- Here is a great link to the US Department of Education with a variety of tips to help your student with homework.
Have a great start to the new month, a month focused on service. Please continue to encourage your students, support them and communicate with their teachers when you need help, clarification, or simply an update on their progress towards success.
Doug Ammeraal | Principal
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