It seems like there have been so many life-changing events over the years. I remember sitting in school with my students and watching the eruption of Mt. St. Helen’s in 1980. What seemed significant at the time, is now a distant memory that almost no one under 45 ever talks about. Some of the events are temporary headlines for a few news cycles while others actually change the way we live. Pre-9/11 you could go to the airport and walk up to the gate with a loved one to say goodbye or to greet them upon arrival. Now you have to pass through a security checkpoint just to get to the concourse that leads to the gates.
Your children have been living through historical events in 2020. Twenty-five years from now their children are going to ask what it was like to live during the global pandemic. Was Kenosha’s downtown really burned down by rioters in the summer of 2020? What happened in the election of 2020?
Current events are taught in our classrooms either by the Scholastic News Magazine or by children’s news shows like PBS News or CNN10. However, children discussing the news with their parents is crucial for having a healthy perspective on life. By watching age-appropriate segments from news programs, you can discuss the issues presented and share your perspective. Another activity is to talk about the who, what, where, when, why, and how behind the news. Sharing local newspaper stories about children from our area can be inspiring. You could show the children where you will vote during the upcoming election. Talk to them about the differences in the candidates and why you are voting for a particular one. When a breaking story takes place, discuss what is happening.
Little did I know that 9/11 would lead to my daughter joining the U.S. Air Force or lead her to serve two tours of duty in Afghanistan. But I do remember sitting down with the children and talking about how God is in control of all things. “We know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Christian parents can certainly help their children understand the news and what is happening in the world around them. So take some time each week to catch up on current events.
Because we canceled the first week of school due to the civil unrest, we lost 5 snow days out of the 5 ½ days we had scheduled into the calendar. To get more snow days (unforeseen closings) back into our schedule, the Board of Education voted to add Monday, September 28th, to our teaching calendar. Please mark this day on your calendar as a school day. The Board of Education will consider adding one or two more half-days to our schedule later this month.
WLS Cross Country Results
Congratulations to DJ Svoboda, 15:40.4, and Karl Wagner 16:47.7 for their efforts in the 1 ½ mile run in the boys 6-8 division at the WLS Cross Country Meet on Friday, September 18. Congratulations also to Christina Giller, 14:08.2, and Jake Svoboda, 15:57.9 in the 1 ½ mile run in the girls 6-8 and boys 5th and under divisions.
With the ½ day of school on October 28th, you can still order a hot lunch if you so desire for your child. We dismiss at noon on half days so the order would be sent home with your child. Also, it was brought to our attention that there were several days revised on the updated menu calendar for October. Please check over the last two weeks October 19-23 and October 26-28 for changes. The specific dates that were changed are: October 13, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28. Parents, can email email@example.com to make any updates or cancellations if the meals are not to their liking. Mrs. Vega apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. MCI originally told us the updates where only in week October 12-16. All meal changes must be received the Wednesday the week before that meal is served. There will be no changes to the order once Mrs. Vega has submitted it to MCFI Also, you are able to order for the entire month provided you turn in the order by the last Wednesday of the previous month. The order for October is attached with the new menu choices.
Each child was given a box of envelopes. Our first quarter offerings are going for a special 100th Anniversary gift to the school.
We have two new drop boxes near the office entrance. The one in blue is for dropping off hot lunch orders. The other in white is for dropping off office forms or payments.
We appreciate your patience in the Parking Lot, arrivals and dismissals seem to be going rather smoothly. Until we learn the names of all the parents and grandparents who are picking up the children, we will come and ask who you are so that we call the correct children to leave the building.
One thing we ask in the morning is that you pull up to the cone and then let your child out. After your child is out of the car, please pull ahead and wait for your child to signal that they are good to go.
We will make them come out of the doorway and signal around the door that they are good to go.
Another thing to remember is that all drivers are to leave the parking lot on the 75th street exit. This makes sure that we have a smooth traffic flow. 22nd Avenue should be completed soon and it will be easier to get on 75th street. The only exception to this rule is when the roof of your vehicle is too high and would hit the roof of the tunnel. Thank you for your cooperation!
When a child misses school for any reason, we have to mark them absent even if they go online. The only exceptions to this are 1) you have chosen online learning for the quarter, or 2) you have been asked by your physician to quarantine for a period of time. These exceptions are marked absent only when they do not go online.