February Letter from the Principal

Dear Brayton Parents,

Happy February! Even though the groundhog didn’t see his shadow, most of us are hopeful that Spring is just around the corner. Of course, those of you who know me well, know that I am still waiting for that promised blizzard, loving snow the way I do!

School is busy. Staff and students are back into a routine after the winter break, and the classrooms seem to be buzzing with learning and fun. Now that mid-year assessments are completed, teachers are “getting down to business,” challenging and interesting your children in learning and reaching their academic goals.

Practices for our annual Brayton’s Got Talent are well under way. Students are excited and looking forward to performing on February 7 th . The evening is always a highlight of our year, so be sure to mark your calendars.

I recently read an interesting article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics on the importance of play – “The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds,” by Kenneth Ginsberg. We know that play is important to healthy brain development. Through play, children engage and interact in the world around them. They learn to develop new competencies that help them to develop the confidence and resilience needed to confront new challenges. In child-driven play, the author states, “children practice decision-making skills, move at their own pace, discover their own areas of interest, and ultimately engage fully in the passions they wish to pursue.” It was once said that, “Play is the work of childhood.”

Unfortunately, there are many demands on our children’s time in 2020. The author presents several concerns regarding how we are presently denying our children the time to play. Please take a moment to read the attached excerpt from the article. As the adults in our children’s lives, it is important that we make a conscious effort to provide sufficient time for play to help our children develop to their fullest potential.

Finally, it is with great pride that I announce this year’s Brayton Teacher of the Year – Matt Stanbro, fourth grade teacher. Matt is a true professional and has contributed to our students and our school in many ways. In addition, he serves as the Summit High School Girls Ice Hockey coach as well as the coordinator of the district summer FLASH program. Matt will be honored at an upcoming Board Meeting with all other district candidates as well as at a Union County breakfast in June. We are fortunate to have him here at Brayton as a member of our outstanding staff.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Cheryl Moretz