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Note from the Principal
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 11:00 AM

Dear Families,
Last week culminated with so many engaging learning events! Publishing celebrations and Elder Interview reports in 2nd grade, the Wax Museum in 1st grade, and the 4th and 5th grade ski trip, just to name a few. Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate the work and learning of our students! 
With yesterday being the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, and with all that is going on in our world, it is as important as ever to talk to our children about who Dr. King was and his legacy. Given the fact that we are an elementary school, I know that students wonder and ask their teachers and families about why we have this day off from school. This is an important question for our kids to be asking, and a wonderful opportunity for us as adults to teach our children. 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." As an educator, these words of Dr. King resonate deeply with me. Providing children opportunities on a regular basis to think deeply about their learning, ask their own questions, and be supported academically and socially as they grow and develop, is what yields children who grow into adults who can contribute to society in positive ways. As parents and educators, we should never lose sight of this.
Remember that there is no school for students on Thursday and Friday this week. These days are important days for our staff to engage in professional learning opportunities, to plan for the upcoming semester, and to work on report cards. You can expect report cards to come home sometime late in the week of February 4 or early in the week of February 11. 
Please make sure to check out the announcements and important dates below. As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions that may arise. 
Ana Bartl