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Principal's Message

Welcome February! We will see if we actually have a winter with snow if the groundhog seen his shadow! This time of the year is a challenge to keep everyone healthy, we have had plenty cases of flu and strep school wide. It is important to keep students home if they have a fever above 100, throwing up and diarrhea or prescribed by the doctor to do so, knowing they could spread it if they come to school sick. As well, if you do take your student to the doctor, please either bring in a doctor's note or ask them to fax it to 789-2046, this way we have documentation, thank you.
The school district is considering late start Mondays which would replace the once a month half-day Professional Development days. School would start at 10:05, one hour later than the current starting time. The bus would run an hour later and the school will also serve breakfast from 9:35 - 10:00. The hour each Monday would give staff an opportunity to meet with interventionists and grade levels on most Mondays and once a month we would have a meeting with other elementary schools in the district. North would still be running the early birds starting at 9:00 if parents drop students off early. We recognize that parents may need to drop students off before the 9:00 time, if that is necessary we would ask you to let the secretaries know and we would have coverage for these students. There will be playground supervision on the playground starting at 9:35. The extra time in the mornings would be used to continue the work we are doing this year as we look at building a guaranteed viable curriculum and help teachers plan and become familiar with the new Literature program the district is possibly purchasing. By doing this schedule we would increase the academic student time in specials since currently we don't have specials on half-days. If this does go through we would create a daily schedule that least impacts the learning day. With that being said, we are still planning on our music programs for each grade. I hope this explains a little bit about the proposed schedule. A district calendar committee (administrators and staff representatives from each building) met and looked at the pros and cons and feel this would benefit students and staff with the increased PD time and increased understanding of the new programs. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Miss Gardner at Have a great month!