Summer Is Almost Here!

As we get close to the end of the school year please remember that it does not mean the end of learning. Please take the summer as an opportunity to not only have some fun and relaxation, but to continue teaching your child. Learning is not something that just takes place in the classroom. It is important that your child reviews and practices the skills learned in reading and math. Summer is also an opportunity for exploration and discussion. Use of the public library, informational websites, vacation and travel are all wonderful ways to enhance your child’s education.

Lost and Found

If you’ve walked the halls at the school recently, I’m sure you’ve noticed the huge selection of items on the ‘lost and found, rack. (If you haven’t seen it, it’s at the end of the hallway leading out to the bus loop.) If you, or your child, is missing something, please go check it out. It always amazes me the number of items that no one bothers to claim. There are lots of coats, sweatshirts, and jackets that surely someone should be missing. At the end of last year we donated 4 bags of left items to a charity to redistribute. And while that is also a good use of these items, I would much rather they get claimed by their owner.

So check out the ‘Lost and Found’, we need more of these items to be ‘Found’!

And thank you so much to the PTA. Last year they took pity on the huge pile of lost items and purchased the rack for us. It not only looks better but should make it easier to find things.


Aren’t Mondays Wonderful!

Mondays are my favorite day of the week! Many people dislike Mondays, I see a lot of people dragging their way through the day, complaining about being tired and too much to do. I really think Monday has gotten an undeserved bad reputation

I love Mondays! Every week we get a fresh start. Whatever happened the week before is over and done. I think of Monday as a way to start over, to try some new ideas, a chance to maybe fix whatever went wrong the week before.

So let’s celebrate the new week and enjoy your Monday!

Classroom Guidance Update

Going into the classrooms is one of the best parts of my job! It’s also one of the most important. I get to work with, and interact with, all of the children.  The lessons that comprise Classroom Guidance are developed based on issues and needs that are important to our students. (The objectives are aligned with the VDOE ‘Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia)

So far this year, in the K-2 classes, we have worked on respect, diversity/tolerance, problem-solving, friendship skills, kindness, and patience.

During every class, we also spend some time on breathing techniques to promote calmness. Your child should be able to teach you snake breath, bunny breath, bear breath, bumblebee breath, and hot cocoa breath.

Classroom Guidance lessons currently are being planned for Career Exploration, honesty, sportsmanship, and responsibility.