October Letter from the Pricipal

Dear Parents,

It seems that autumn has FINALLY arrived and the cooler days and nights are beginning.  Please remember as colder days arrive that our students will be going outside most days for recess and should have warm coats, and even gloves, to keep them comfortable.

We have had a busy few weeks with several theme weeks following one after the other!  Start with Hello Week was followed by Week of Respect.  Now, we are in the midst of Digital Citizenship Week, to be soon followed by Red Ribbon Week.  Be sure to watch the mail and speak with your children, so that both you and they are aware of what is happening each day.    I believe the next “theme” week will not occur until Spirit Week, sometime in February!

Halloween is rapidly approaching.  You will be receiving detailed information concerning the Halloween Parade and dismissal for that day.  Children are always very excited that day, and we ask that you review safety procedures with them to assure that the day is a happy one for all.

You have frequently heard me speak of the need for our children to have time to play and relax.  I have recently read a thought-provoking article that equates the lack of play to an increase of anxiety and depression in children.  Here is the link to the article.

The author identifies five of the many ways that play benefits kids:

  1. Play gives children a chance to find and develop a connection to their own self-identified and self-guided interests.
  2. It is through play that children first learn how to make decisions, solve problems, exert self-control, and follow rules.
  3. Children learn to handle their emotions, including anger and fear, during play.
  4. Play helps children make friends and learn to get along with each other as equals.
  5. Most importantly, play is a source of happiness.

It is an interesting and timely article.  Play is an important aspect of a child’s life and is most certainly needed by them in these times where expectations placed on children have so greatly increased.  I hope that you will take the time to read it.

I look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming Bingo Night.  Until then, I hope that you will find time to get outside with your children, enjoy the Autumn weather and PLAY!

Regards,

Cheryl Moretz