Happy New Year and Welcome Back!
We hope that you found time to relax and enjoy the long holiday break. With the start of the second semester in January, we enter into the time of year when our students show the most growth. The classroom routines have been established, the academic building blocks are in place, and there are fewer interruptions to the schedule. They are comfortable with their classmates and find safety and trust with their teachers.
January tends to bring the cold and wet weather that comes with winter. While it is not my favorite season, winter is a much-loved time for our students. With that, it is very important that they come prepared for the weather. Our students have three recesses each day and they love to play in the snow! Winter gear should include boots, snowpants, a coat that zips,
a hat, and mittens or gloves. If you are struggling to provide any of these items, please contact your child’s teacher or the office, as we may be able to help.
Here are a few helpful hints regarding winter gear and school:
1.) Because of the condensation between their mask and your child’s warm breath, his/her mask will be damp after being outside. It would be helpful to have an extra mask to change out after recess. It will likely be dry by the next recess so just having two should be enough.
2.) Stretchy gloves are wonderful, but they get wet very quickly. Having a couple extra pairs of gloves in their backpack can help to ensure that your child has warm, dry hands.
3.) Wet feet can also be a problem. An extra pair of socks in their backpack will also be helpful in keeping your child warm and dry throughout the day.
4.) PLEASE…be sure that your child’s name is on their gear. It is difficult to keep track of which black snowpants belong to which child when nearly every student has very similar, black snowpants.
In spite of quarantine scenarios that have had an impact on individual students, as well as entire classrooms, Mr. Nugent and I can’t help but smile as we reflect on the growth that we have seen during this first semester. Your children are showing independence and responsibility and we are grateful to be a part of their learning.
Thank you for sharing your children with us.
Mrs. Becky Buhler