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Letter from Principal Kloss, Jan. 18

Filed in Elsmere by on January 18, 2019

January 18, 2019

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 about peaceful problem solving and equality with children. 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 February 1. A sheet with directions is being sent home today. 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.

Report cards will be posted on Aspen on Friday, January 25. Please remember that you will need your login ID and password to access these. Reminder directions about how to view your child’s report card will be sent out next week.

Finally, parents often ask or worry about their children’s use of technology. Although parenting experts agree that children should be monitored when using technology, opinions vary regarding time limits. This 39-second video from Common Sense Media helps to offer some clarification.

Have a wonderful, snowy three-day weekend!


Kate Kloss