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A message from our Principal

Happy November, everyone! Teachers at Russell School have continued getting to know their students and students have continued learning new routines and procedures. I’m sure you had the opportunity to hear all the wonderful things that students are learning at our recent parent-teacher conferences. Hopefully you also had an opportunity to discuss goals for the remainder of the school year. While parent-teacher conferences are a great time to ask questions, please be reminded to reach out any time with questions or concerns you may have. Constant communication is essential for student success!

It is clear that Fall has moved in. Our warmer days are few and far between. Between the frost covered fields, and with less and less light in the morning and evening, I am reminded that winter is fast approaching. As we move into the cooler months it is important to remember that temperatures fluctuate substantially over the course of the day. Please remind students that the best way to plan for the many changes in temperature is to dress in layers. We also want to remind families to write students names on clothing. When we find names inside student items we can reunite the lost items with your child.

Please be sure to read through our newsletter to learn about all the wonderful things happening in our school. There are many upcoming activities; please be sure to keep an eye on the upcoming dates as well as our communications sent via email. In no time at all it will be time for Thanksgiving break and the start to the busy holiday season. I hope that as we move through the busy months ahead you have plenty of time to reflect on all the wonderful things in your life and all the things you are thankful for. I know that I can whole-heartedly say I am thankful to be a part of the Russell School Community, and hope you, too, would agree!

All My Best,
Mr. Blake

The Counselor’s Corner

This fall, guidance lessons in the classroom are focusing on “Kelso’s Choices: Conflict Management for Children”.  Conflict or disagreement is normal and often happens when children get together. However, hurtful words, gestures or physical aggression are unacceptable ways to deal with conflict and disagreement.

Our goal is to teach students several positive ways to deal with these situations.  By using Kelso’s Choices, our hope is that students will develop effective problem solving skills.  Guidance lessons also focus on problem solving, empathy and managing emotions. These skills are essential for students to be successful in school and beyond.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for sharing your children with us at Russell School, and please know we greatly appreciate your continued support!

Margaret Thibodeau
School Counselor

Page updated November 7, 2019