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Friday, January 19, 2018

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Greetings from Gail

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I hope you all had a wonderful February break. That week is just enough to recharge everyone. We see so much growth this time of year in our students. Kindergarten students are more independent, first graders are losing more teeth, sixth graders are thinking about graduation and the transition to Rivendell Academy.

We want to continue growth by raising the bar of academic expectations. This is the time of year where I
report on a disease that plagues elementary schools called the "good enough disease." The "as long as I've put something down on paper is good enough" disease. It seems to attack students in February of every year. The symptoms include:

  • A backslide in neatness of school work
  • An increasing desire to be the first one done regardless of the quality of work
  • An increased occurrence of "I can't find it" and "I forgot to do it"

A trip to the nurse's office to see Nurse Marnie won't cure this disease but the good news is the cure rate is generally 100% if we work together.

Here at school I have started my talks with students on "quality work." Students have started to bring me quality work for our Quality Board. Hopefully, you will be seeing an "I do quality work at SME" magnet
coming home soon.

You can help at home by continuing (or resuming if you've stopped) looking over your child's homework sheet or assignment notebook or checking their homework folder. The following questions may help opening up conversation with older students about homework and are also a way of checking to make sure everything has been completed.

  • Did you finish your reading? May I see what you've recorded?
  • Did you solve your math problems carefully? Which one did you find to be the most challenging?
  • Do you have any homework due tomorrow other than math and reading?

Ask your child if their work is quality. Don't hesitate to ask your child to redo an assignment that you feel doesn't show they have applied their best effort. If you have any concerns about the quality of your child's work don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher.

Please continue to communicate with your child's teacher and ask the questions that you
don't have the answers for. Together we are working to bring out the best in all of our Samuel Morey
Students. As I explained to the sixth grade students, "I am on a quest for quality" here at Samuel Morey.