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From the Principal's Desk                  

September 6, 2017  
Dear Families:
We are continuing on a great school start. It is such an exciting time: clean, crisp uniforms, new supplies, sparkling classrooms, and new curricula for all the children. This fresh new start can be nurtured, encouraged and celebrated by your positive attitude, enthusiasm and desire to work in a most productive manner with teachers..

Ways to help your child have a successful outlook and attitude toward what the months ahead will bring:
  • Know your child's strengths and set appropriate, obtainable  expectations. Open a conversation that explores strengths and academic goals. Support and express your confidence and enthusiasm in his or her goals, efforts and successes.
  • Establish a routine. Children succeed when the pattern is consistent, schedule is set, bedtime rituals established and maintained.
  • Promote responsibility in your child by creating reasonable chores, developing checklists, reviewing deadlines and standards of expectations.
  • Keep the school informed of stresses, family situations and/or peer interactions that may impact learning or socialization in the classroom.
  • Create balanced schedules that include time for play, extracurricular activities, family time, leisure, prayer and school work. Limit screen time, please, and keep their after school activities reasonable. Even kids need down time!
  • Help and teach your children to "own", claim and name personal behavior choices by admitting to choices they made, accepting consequences without shifting blame and to apologize when necessary.

I encourage all of you to mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 10th, from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  for the presentation "The Well Balanced Student" , to be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) School (1000 Alameda de las Pulgas (near Ralston), Belmont). OLMC, along with four other area Catholic schools are presenting this evening sponsored by Stanford Education on "learning research-based strategies for raising healthy children and teenagers in today's fast-paced world."  


I continue to wish your family a blessed school year. 

Teresa Anthony, Principal

(Note: Thoughts and ideas are referred from Dr. Patricia McCormach, IAM)