Elementary Principal Letter

Dear ANCS Elementary Family,

This Monday was definitely one that I heard the most cheers from students and parents for the late arrival. Though we started off a bit sluggish, we have reached our stride now that it’s Wednesday. Hopefully with Daylight Saving time ending this Sunday, we will all feel rested and ready for school next week. It feels so much nicer opening car doors when the sun is up!

Many thanks to Kisha Rogers and Leslie Jo Tottenham for hosting our first Parent University on digital citizenship. Thanks to those of you who took some time out of your busy schedule to join them to learn ways to help keep your student safe online. Here is the link to the Digital Citizenship Website which includes all the resources shared including the presentation slides. The website is really great and has tons of resources, including a Monopoly-like game you can print and play with your kids.

Ms. Tottenham and Ms. Rogers also worked with students and teachers here in school. They supported learning in the classrooms and helped Wolfie hide golden iPads around the school. Each iPad had different questions on them about digital citizenship. Students who found them took them to Ms. Rogers or Ms. Tottenham and then got to share the answers with our school family during morning meeting. It was a lot of fun and our students are definitely more knowledgeable about how to remain safe online and how to have balance with technology.

Wait! Did you say morning meeting? Yes. We are having a modified virtual morning meeting from 8:20-8:30 Tuesdays-Fridays. Students are leading our school in the Pledge, classes are leading the school with a song, we have the Spanish word of the week, some students have shared their talents (piano, fashion, etc.), and we have a mindful moment at the end of each meeting. Mrs. King and I are in the auditorium and classes log into our Zoom link. While it is not the same as it was when we were all together each morning, it’s been a lot of fun and has been a great way to have some shared experiences across the school. Ask your child about what’s been going on in morning meeting this week.

Thank you for those of you who are making a concerted effort to get your child to school on time each day. It really does make a difference when children are settled into the classroom before instruction begins. Class meetings start at 8:00 and you would be surprised by how much is established and taught right at the beginning of the day. Please continue to complete the SchoolDoc each morning, as well.

As always, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you for all you do to support our school family.

Lara