Principal Impressions for the week of May 6-10, 2013
A 5K walk through the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, Teacher Appreciation and an Above the Line gathering sprinkled with class field trips made up some of the many highlights to this past week. It must be May at school!
Each year grades Kindergarten through 8th visit one of our local treasures, the KVR, and participate with a 5K walk. The weather was wonderful, the finish line greeted the students, staff and families with clapping and medals and T-shirts from Big Brother/Big Sister to the fastest students from each class. (This year Big Brother/Big Sister is partnering with LaFarge to establish a school based program to provide mentoring opportunities for any students/families that are interested.) The 3rd grade class all wore t-shirts they had decorated to honor the Boston Marathon participants. All participants enjoyed the company of friends, neighbors and the joy of noticing the awakening of spring all around us.
Also, during the week the 1st grade class paired up with an agriculture class from high school to plant potatoes in our school garden. Our school garden is really shaping up this year and the Wellness Committee is working diligently to organize the garden and diversify the plantings. The 3rd grade class went to visit Eagle Cave and came back with stories and general happiness that they could get so dirty climbing through caves on a school trip! The class for students with disabilities traveled to Boscobel to participate with active games and meet students from other schools in our area.
The middle of the week brought cake in the teachers’ lounges and a wonderful poster in the hallway to celebrate Teacher Appreciation week. It is a wonderful feeling to work closely with parents and our community as we celebrate the growth and achievement of all our students!
On Friday, grades 4K through 5 gathered in the lunchroom to celebrate our yearlong focus on Respect, Responsibility and Safety with an Above the Line Party. I did use this opportunity to award two students with “Excellent Attendance” this year. Connor Hatfield and Hayden Fowell both received those certificates. The 3rd graders came up with the idea for this party and were very energetic in creating posters, welcoming all students with wristbands and passing out ‘paw tickets’ to students demonstrating respect, responsibility or safety during the party . The 4th grade provided commercial break messages about our guiding character traits. The 5th grade manned ‘game’ stations for students to play games and we also had 3rd graders as DJ’s who played music during the whole party. Our goal was to have fun and choose to be Above the Line because we can; I think they achieved that!
I hope I have enough energy for this upcoming week!