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Letter from Principal Kloss, Jan. 17

Filed in Archive by on January 17, 2020

January 17, 2020

Dear Elsmere Families,

There will be no school on Monday as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to our world. His beliefs and practices have been a topic of conversation in classes lately. Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about peaceful problem solving and equality. Sometimes children’s honesty and natural appreciation of differences often can teach us important lessons.

Elsmere students are once again invited to participate in a National Handwriting Competition with entries due on January 31. Our staff will choose one submission from each grade to send on to the state level. The last time we took part in this, over 75 students entered and got some great handwriting practice! Why is this important? At least three reasons:

1) Studies show that attention to detail through good handwriting is linked to stronger spelling and reading fluency skills.
2) Since our written work is the first or only impression we get to make on others, it is wise to present ourselves as best we can through good handwriting.
3) Improving one letter at a time is a small goal that all students can work on and experience true success when they see improvement.

Please reinforce proper letter formation (starting letters at the top) so that bad habits are not engrained.

Many thanks to Liz Lewis who ran a terrific grade 4 and 5 Math and Science night last week. Dozens of students and parents enjoyed some exciting projects and problem solving together. It was a terrific way to spend a Friday evening! Future Math and Science nights are scheduled for April 24 (Gr. 2&3) and May 15 (Gr. K&1).

Have a wonderful, reading-filled three-day weekend.


Kate Kloss