Happy New Year, Thomas Families!
I trust you enjoyed the holidays and winter break! The children have been eager to tell of vacations to visit loved ones and “stay-cations” relaxing on the couch with family. I have heard of several very nifty games being played too! The important part of winter break is to take time away to recharge our batteries and rest in order to return to school refreshed and ready to learn!
It is very exciting to be back at school and see friends! This morning your children had smiles on their faces as they walked through the doors. Yes, they really did! We have reacquainted ourselves with each other and the schedule. By lunchtime, it seemed like we had never leftJ
Classrooms were buzzing today! Ms. Klosterman-Lando, Thomas Assistant Principal, and I visit about eight classrooms each day. We were extremely impressed with the rich conversations taking place and the eagerness to share. Many classrooms are revisiting routines, transition times, and goal-setting at this New Year point. Reestablishing goals is crucial and important, as our students take greater ownership over their learning.
Revisiting goals and routines is always a positive practice. In fact, this is a practice in which I had my family take part. Just yesterday we talked about our home learning and reading, setting up time frames and expectations. My fifth grader will continue to have her open planner on our dining room table every evening for me to review when I arrive home. It is also the expectation for her to share ProgressBook with me every week. This saves me time and allows her more responsibility to share her learning and progress with me. My family talked about the amount of activity we should incorporate in our day /week and create a plan for the screen time that we believe is healthy. I encourage you to have these conversations with your family at homeJ This follows our Leader in Me Healthy Habit #1 Be Proactive, and Habit #2 Begin with the end in mind. Have a plan!
Thomas is truly off to a great start! Happy 2017! Best wishes for the best year ever!