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First of all I would like to thank all of our families for the many expressions of concern and prayers I have received since my recent diagnosis of cancer. I have begun chemotherapy and will continue to do so every third week until the middle of June. After a short break I will begin radiation, which should be completed by the first of September. Please know that I feel positive and strong and your support in the form of prayers has warmed my heart. So thank you.
As we look forward to a new school year I do want to remind parents that we do not accept requests for certain teachers for the following year. I find that the teachers, as partners, do an excellent job placing the children into classes for the next year and also are very intuitive about the needs of the children they taught this past year. They work hard to place each student with the teacher they feel is just right for each child.
Drop off and pick up
The long winter has caused many problems with pick and drop off. I would just like to take time to remind families to not get out of their cars when dropping off or picking up. It is also important that you not park on St. Louis near the gates as many parents are getting behind these cars thinking it is the waiting line but in actuality they are dropping off and/or picking up children. Double parking in the morning next to the drop off line also causes confusion, so if you need to get out of the car see if you can find a parking spot. This would help a great deal and help the lines to move more swiftly.
Hope to See Better Days/Weather
Is it possible that we may begin seeing the sun on a regular basis? While it has been cold it has been great to see the sun and get the children outside more frequently. It has been a long winter with the children doing their best to remain attentive in the classroom, but if you have ever needed proof to the theory that children need to be outside and have the opportunity to run and play and yell, talk to any of the teachers or myself. I think without asking we would all say “Get them outside!” Perhaps this has also been your experience at home especially after a long day here and then doing the same when they get home.