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I WISH YOU MORE
Preparing to welcome all of the students back to school is a multi-layered task full of administrative details and great reflection. As I think about the year ahead, there are the usual "to-dos" such as scheduling the concerts and parent events, re-imaging the laptops for their new users, and making sure rooms are cleaned and fully stocked with the correct number of desks and chairs. Putting up bulletin boards, organizing the book room, writing "Welcome Back" letters (!) - it is all productive and positive work. However, the best part is visualizing the year ahead. How will each child grow as a student? As a person? What will we do to help get them there? Where will the journey take us this year? I can see students smiling with pride at their work, students playing with their friends on the playground, students giggling at their desk over a funny book and students, their faces contorted into a bit of a grimace, struggling with something new and challenging. All of these images come together into my big wish for our school community this year: I WISH YOU MORE.
- I wish you more hugs and high-fives at pick up than reluctant drop offs.
- I wish you more roses than thorns dinner table conversation.
- I wish you more Praise Notes than "Missing Homework" Notes.
- I wish you more bedtime stories than on-the-run dinners.
- I wish you more nights on stage with the dads than nights mowing the lawn.
To get you off to a full school year, we have several opportunities for you to become involved and active. School begins on September 2nd at 8:45! Bring your camera for some pics with the leopard in the front of the school, and stay for the parent coffee in the gym. As a reminder, the first day is a minimum day which means all 1-5 students will be released at 12:45; Kindergarten follows their usual schedule that day. Our Back To School Picnic will take place on September 11th...the night after Back to School Night (September 10th). Please mark your calendar for both of these important events. Picture Day is September 15th and our first HSA meeting will take place at 1:30 on September 22nd. I certainly wish for more good photos than bad, and more seats filled than empty at these events!
One thing that I always wish for more of is the sight of student walkers! I love to see students walking to school with family and friends because this behavior indicates two things: More conversation and less cars on the road. Please refresh yourself on the rules around drop-off and pick-up by reviewing the attached safety brochure. Make sure your students, your spouse, your caregiver, your parents and any other relevant parties are aware of these rules. Student safety trumps parent convenience every day at Somerville!
I hope the remaining days of your summer are filled with lazy, lovely times together as a family! Try to get back into the routine slowly so that the first days of school are a smooth transition for everyone. If you have not done so already, send in a postcard for our "Oh, The Places You Went!" bulletin board or bring it in the first day of school. Most importantly, think of what you wish for this school year for yourself and your children. Reach of the stars this year and WISH FOR MORE!
WE WILL SEE YOU ON SEPTEMBER 2, 2015!
9 AM TO 2 PM
PLEASE CALL 201.670.2750
FOR AN APPOINTMENT