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A message from our Principal

Dear Families,

I hope this finds you well-rested from the Thanksgiving feasts I have heard all about. Children were filled with energy and great recollections of quality time spent with their families! Hopefully you were also able to find some time to rest up. The holiday season is upon us and these next few weeks will surely fly by. Before you know it, the December break will be here and off we will go for some more quality family time.

It is too bad that Mother Nature could not hold out for the annual winter concert. Our students are so proud of themselves, and they should be! They have worked very hard practicing for their big night. Please be reminded that the concert has been rescheduled for December 11, 2019 at GNG Middle School. Concert times will stay the same (6:00 for kindergarten, 6:30 for first grade, and 6:45 for second grade). We hope to see you there.

As we move into the colder months, please be sure students are coming to school prepared for outside play. We will go out most days as long as the weather and cold temperatures cooperate. Snow gear is a must now that we have snow on the ground. Snow gear also helps kiddos stay insulated while playing outside. Please be sure to carefully label all your child’s gear so we know where to return lost items. I’ve found myself emailing my daughter’s teacher for not one, but two, lost pairs of gloves… lesson learned for this dad!

Also, with the colder weather comes more germs, bugs and viruses. Enclosed you will find an infographic that is a good reminder of when to keep kiddos home and when to send them to school. Please also remember we want them here as often as possible. Missing even one day can be a struggle for our little learners. Help us keep them up to speed by attending as regularly as possible. We cannot do that alone – we need you!

I look forward to hearing from all of our students about the wonderful plans that your family have for December and beyond. As we get closer to the holiday, I am sure that their excitement will climb exponentially. To see the excitement in their eyes and the joy in their heart is amazing, as I am sure you know. This will be my last communication before the holiday break, so again, I wish you good tidings for a festive and jolly winter season.

All my best,

Mr. Blake

Counselor’s Corner

During this season of holidays and school vacations it is still important for children to attend school regularly. At Russell School, we are focusing on teaching students the importance of good attendance.  During December classroom guidance lessons, we will be discussing the habit of regular attendance.

  Did you know:

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school and be at a greater risk for dropping out of high school

  • Missing 10 percent of the school year can make it exponentially harder for students to learn to read

  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just one or two days every few weeks

  • Being late to school can impact the entirety of a student’s day

  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help other children catch up

  • Poor attendance leads to poor social relationships for students

  • We miss your students when they are not here!

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and feel better about themselves.  Help us start building this habit of regular school attendance early so children learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important.  Good attendance will not only help children do well in school, college and work, but also impact their life in general. If ever you have questions or concerns about your child’s attendance habits, please feel free to reach out.

Enjoy the special holiday vacations with your child and family.  We will be looking forward to seeing them back at school soon!

Thank you.

Margaret Thibodeau, School Counselor

Page updated December  8, 2019