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Principal's Message

Message to families 11/28/22

Greetings Elk Plain Families,

I hope you’ve enjoyed a great Thanksgiving weekend.  Mine was wonderful, aside from how tight my pants are going to feel tomorrow.

The next three weeks of school will be filled with fun activities, performances, and, of course, lots of learning. Looking ahead to when we come back to school in January, we’ll be diving straight into our January STAR testing window, then before you know it, the semester will be over.  These next 3 weeks are students’ best chance of making solid progress and getting ahead BEFORE leaving for Winter Break.  Nobody wants a pile of school work to do over a holiday, and the next three weeks are students’ best opportunity to make sure that doesn’t happen.  I encourage all families to have conversations with your child’s teachers about their progress.  Check Parentvue or email teachers to see where your child can best focus their efforts and attention.  Promote reading every night, and even during Winter Break.  Regular reading is one of the best ways to keep brains growing and stay in learning mode.  Last but not least, get those missing assignments handled BEFORE we leave for Winter Break!

Aside from nudging our kids towards their best academic work over the next three weeks, I’ve just got three things to throw your way. First is to remind you that the PTA’s world famous Holiday Shop will be open during school hours this Tuesday - Friday.  Gifts are available from 50 cents to $7.00.  A flier is attached to the email bringing you this message that explains more.  

Also, I’m asking one more time, if you haven’t already done so, to fill out the parent survey I created on Homework.  Your feedback on this is very important and so far only about 100 of our 600 families have responded.  Please take the time to click on this link and complete the survey.  It should only take about 5 minutes.  I’d really appreciate it.

Finally, it being the holiday season I’m asking everyone to demonstrate Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All, particularly in our parking lot.  Over the last few weeks the hurries and stresses of the world have occasionally translated into forgetting parking lot politeness and even bubbled over into heated exchanges.  I get it folks, and it would be hypocritical of me to suggest I haven’t been there myself a few times over the years.  Particularly at this time of year though, let’s give each other the benefit of the doubt, show patience and grace when we feel we’ve been wronged, and in general, treat each other as good neighbors and members of the same community.  Thanks to each of  you for doing your best on this.  


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holiday shop 2022 shopping list v1.pdf