August 22, 2014
Dear Hollymead Families,
It has been a wonderful 3 days of school and I’m sure the next 177 will also be great! I’m always amazed that by 8:30 on the first day of school the halls are quiet and there is a busy hum in all the classrooms. Ms. England and I have made short visits to all the classrooms this week and have seen lots of great learning. Of course we will continue classroom visits throughout the year. We have also seen lots of happy families helping their children adjust to the new school year. Thank you for that and for helping them become more independent now that school is underway. It is wonderful to see even our kindergarteners overcoming anxiety, happily learning and enjoying new adventures.
Thursday, August 28 is Back to School Night for third to fifth grades from 6:00 to 7:30 in the evening. Kindergarten to second grade will have Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 9 from 6:00 to 7:30. Teachers at each grade level will prepare a presentation to inform parents about everything from curriculum to homework and then parents have an opportunity to ask questions. Please put those important dates on your calendar.
Also, please help us provide the safest environment possible for students and staff.
- If you walk your dog to school along with your child, keep your dog on a short leash. Adults should be holding the leash, not children. Do not leave your dog unattended. Some of our children are afraid of dogs and for this reason we encourage you to keep them at a distance.
- If there is a dog in your car, we ask you to park and walk your child to the crosswalk in the front of the school. Staff members will not assist students if there is a dog in the car. This is for the safety of our staff. With window tinting we are not always aware of a dog in the vehicle.
- Do not get out of your car in the Drop-Off Lane. Children should be seated on the right hand side so we can help them out of the car at the sidewalk.
- Do not drop off students in the parking lot because that would require them to cross traffic without an adult. Instead, park and walk your student to the crosswalk or, if possible, use the drop off lane.
- Please only cross the street at crosswalks. Our children are watching us and will mimic us.
- Drop Off and Pick Up are the only times cars should be in the fire lane. Cars should never be left unattended in the fire lane.
We realize you are entrusting us with the most precious part of your lives. Thank you. We take this responsibility very seriously. Please contact me if you have questions, suggestions or concerns.
Your partner in education,