Friday, January 15, 2016

Get Out and Play!

Bundle up for cold day outdoor recess. 

Dear Wawaloam Community,

We would like to let you know that one of our goals is to get our students outside during our scheduled recess time every day. That being said, please be sure they come to school with the layers that will help keep children as warm as possible when it is cold outside. We will gladly accept any warm gear that your children have outgrown as we always have someone who can benefit.

We recognize that playing outside for recess as often as possible is an important goal that we must strive for. Plenty of sources state that getting outside even when it is very cold will help to build up the immune system, provide exercise, encourage the imagination, improve problem solving skills and afford children healthy amounts of Vitamin D. Obviously, we will not go outside during inclement weather or when temperatures are dangerously cold. Thank you for your help with making sure we are bundled up.

During the month of January we are required to practice a second Lock Down Drill.  You may hear about this at some point in the next week or so. Our students always do such a great job following the expected protocol during these drills. Overall, the entire drill takes about 5-7 minutes.

In grades 1 and 2 it has been very popular to write letters about how students have been kind to each other. During whole grade meetings, I have been reading these out loud and it is heartwarming to see the faces of the students light up when they learn that a friend has written about them. This was an idea that stemmed from our PBIS team and so far it has been a tremendous success!

Finally, this week I had the chance to check in with some Kindergarten students who came to show me their outstanding work in their science notebooks. I would encourage you to ask your Kindergartener about the different shapes of leaves. They can also tell you about what trees need to survive! I was very impressed with these little scientists!

Thank you for all that you do to support your children, we truly value this partnership. Your children are AMAZING!

Have a great weekend!
Go Pats!! 

Melissa Marino

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