Feb. 03 NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY
Feb. 07 100th Day of School
Feb. 10 5th Week Notices
Feb. 14 Valentine Parties - 2:30 pm - room parents are in charge
Feb. 17 12:00 pm DISMISSAL - NO LUNCHES SERVED
Feb. 13-17 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS WEEK
Feb. 20 NO SCHOOL - President's Day
CHARACTER Education...Our Shared Responsibilty
Character education teaches the habits of thought and deed that help people live and work together as families, friends, neighbors, communities, and nations. Character education is a learning process that enables students and adults in a school community to understand, care about and act on core ethical values such as respect, justice, civic virtue and citizenship and responsibility for self and others. Upon such core values, we form the attitudes and actions that are the hallmark of safe, healthy, and informed communities that serve as the foundation of our society.
In order for students to achieve we must expect excellence from them if they are to have a chance of achieving excellence. Not all students are capable of scoring straight A's. Rather, all students deserve the same encouragement from school and home to do their very best. Please check with your child concerning homework, test scores, and examine papers that are brought home. Our children deserve the best. Teachers and parents working together as a team can help to achieve this goal.
School attendance is a very important part of you child's education. They should be in attendance and on time every day possible. When they are absent or will be late for school, you are asked to call the school office or send a note to the office letting us know why they were absent or late. Students absent 3 or more days in a row will need a doctor's excuse.
During cold and inclement weather it may be necessary for school to dismiss early. In December students brought home a form to be filled out and returned to the teacher with instructions in the event of an early dismissal. If you did not return this form, please do so or if instructions have changed please notify your child's teacher. In case of school cancellation due to bad weather our "School Reach Program" should contact your home phone, cell phone, and an emergency number if we have them on file. Please tune in to one of the following radion stations: Please do not call the school. WSMI Litchfield 1540AM 106FM - WTIM Taylorville 1410AM 97.3FM - WMKR Taylorville 94.3FM School cancellations are usually called by 6:00am.
Parents still need to be alert and check for head lice often. Please notify the school if you find that your child has nits or head lice. We can then check other members of their class. This hopefully will avoid the situation getting out of control. Thank you for you cooperation in this matter.
Throughout the cold winter months, please ensure you child is dressed appropriately for the weather, preferably with a hat and gloves accompanying their coat. Layering (of clothes) is also a good idea. As a school practice students gererally will go outside on days when the temperature is above 20 degrees.
School Traffic/Safety - There has been much concern expressed regarding the safety of students during morning drop-off and after school pick-up along Pine Street. In the interest of our children's safety we ask that all parents exercise patience and common sense during school drop-off and pick-up times. This becomes more important as roads become icy. Please do not drop-off or pick-up your child at the intersection of Hamilton and Pine Streets as this compromises everyone's safety. Please treat Pine Street as a single lane roadway dring these times and do not pass cars in front of you. It's a small inconvenience to bear when weighed against the potential of a student fatality. Along a similar vein, please DO NOT USE Hamilton Street in front of the school until after 8:05 in the morning and after 3:25 in the afternoon as this is our bus loading zone.
Morning Drop-off- As you may be aware, our teachers' contractual time is 8:00 am to 3:30pm. That being the case students should not be dropped off at school before 8:05 unless they are immediately entering the building to eat breakfast. Another concern which has been arising periodically is parents entering the cafeteria and building before school. Unless you must physically sign-in a Pre-K student or need to speak with a classroom teacher we ask that parents not escort their child to the classroom. The cafeteria, like our playground, is not open to parent visitation except once a year for the "Grandparents Day". Classroom visits, however, are allowed throughout the year with administrative approval.