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Greetings from Gail

January 31, 2014

Due to the extremely cold weather we have had a long stretch of indoor recesses. Whenever we can we get the students outside for recess, but the conditions are not great. There is a lot of ice on the playground. At least there is some snow now, but there are still patches of ice under the snow. Even with the temperature rising above the single digits this week, the wind-chill was too much on some days for playing outside. I know this is winter in Vermont and would love some more snow for the students to play in, but the frigid temperatures have to go!! Students are all getting cabin fever.

This is the time of year that we see a slide in some students with their school work. We want to raise
the bar of academic expectations. This is the time of year I report on a disease that plagues elementary
schools called, "the good enough disease." It seems to attack students in February of every year. Disappearing are the days of "I need to try and do my best" and appearing are the days of "as long as I've put something down on paper its good enough." We often see:

  • 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".

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.
Look over completed homework.

Check over your child's homework when they're done with it. The purpose is not only to make sure they've actually done it, but also to make sure it's been done well. Some children rush through assignments and make careless mistakes, while others may misunderstand the directions and do the assignment completely wrong. These are things a quick homework check can help to catch.

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. I have been talking about quality work with all of the classes. 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.

Did You Know?

The day for smoothies has been changed to Fridays.

January 31, 2014 Newsletter