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Principal's Welcome Message

We are looking forward to a productive and rewarding remainder of the academic year. Please join me at our upcoming PFC meeting and Coffee with the Principal this Wednesday, January 9, at 8:15 a.m., in the MPR. After the meeting, I will present our new student recognition program that will begin this month. As part of our Student 360 initiative, our recognition program will further promote the six fundamental tenets of College, Career, and Life-Ready social and emotional skills. At an assembly at the end of each month, C.U.B.S. will recognize students that demonstrate exemplary development of the character traits we are studying throughout the year. Please join me if you can.

The return from winter break provides us with a great opportunity to review and rework routines and procedures in order for students to be more successful in school.  Below are suggestions to support your child in building their success.

  • Please make a renewed commitment to help your child get to school on time each day. Prior to the holiday vacation, we noticed a marked increase in tardy and absent students. Poor attendance causes students to get behind in their learning and catching up can be very difficult when they return. In fact, research shows that poor attendance is often the first step to students being unsuccessful at school.
  • Have your child organize belongings the previous evening; mornings are too busy and rushed. Place all needed items for the next day by the front door or in the car.
  • Take time to review teacher websites with your child to learn about upcoming assignments. Monitor your students’ schoolwork. One way to do this is to have them check in with you after school and share how their day went. A good opening question to help them communicate about this is to ask, “What did you learn in school today?” If you get a vague answer, follow-up by asking them about specific subjects such as: math, reading, or science. Another important way to monitor their work is to have them share any corrected school papers they brought home and discuss them together. While parents should never do homework for their young people, it is sound practice to help them if they are struggling, check it over for them once they are finished.
  • Read, read, read – Success in school depends, in large part, on a student’s ability to read and understand what they have read. Grade Level Standards require that students should read a variety of books. Read to get information, read for fun, read to someone in your family…just read!
  • Help your student and family develop a Plan for Success. Family rituals can support building self-esteem, increase a sense of belonging, and strengthen the family connection. The key is to involve all family members and especially kids! If they participate in the planning process, they will be more likely to keep the rituals in place. The plan may include getting better grades, making new friends, studying harder, staying out of trouble, etc. Consider setting times and dates to review the plan and to make adjustments. Have them share their Plan with someone who can help them reach their goal. To support your efforts, I have attached a link to documents that will help with communication and the planning process. Click below for: NewYearsGoals FamilyRitualsGoalsPlanning
  • Reward their efforts. Rewarding students for high grades is not as effective as rewarding them for their Students are always trying and want to make you proud. Therefore, research also shows that the best way to motivate further effort (Never giving up!) is to notice it, to praise it, and to reward it.

 

January is also the month children and teachers spend extra time discussing the importance of the message Martin Luther King shared with his audiences. In our Assembly this month we will be talking about “tolerance” and "acceptance", two of the values Dr. King promoted, and what that means. Teachers will be talking with students about treating everyone with respect, understanding, and acceptance regardless of the person’s background, beliefs or practices. Recognizing that everyone has the same feelings and deserves understanding and caring is important. These are character traits we would like all people to understand and try to practice. We especially want to continue to cultivate an atmosphere of mutual respect at school, one in which all of our students feel safe and free to learn and achieve. Please have discussions at home about being tolerant with friends at school and respecting others’ individuality. I often tell the children if you hit someone you hurt their body, but when you say mean things or tease one another, you hurt each other’s heart. Sometimes words stay with us even longer. I know my New Year’s wish is for all of the children at Chaparral to feel respected and safe, all of the time. Let’s all work together as C.U.B.S. to make sure that message is communicated.

 

Sincerely,

Stephanie Brazell                    

Principal