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Mrs. Carole Kelder
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR PRINCIPAL
Dear Mt. Marion Families,
I wish all of you a warm welcome back to school and a very Happy New Year!
First, I would like to congratulate Ms. Busia, Mrs. Hansen, and the students in chorus and band for doing such a fantastic job at our Winter Concert. It was a pleasure to hear them sing and play such wonderful songs. Our students have had a wonderful week! Frosty Fest, cookie decorating, an ugly sweater parade, and a host of special treats made for a very festive send off to the winter break. Students learned about holidays around the world. Some learned about the history of Hanukkah, played with a draydl and lit a menorah. There was even a visit from SANTA and a sighting of the GRINCH. We loved seeing Santa and the big green hairy guy, and hope to see them again next year!
The New Year can be a time when people reflect, resolving to make changes, or perhaps, renew an old resolution. Throughout the school year we celebrate specific students as “Students of the Month.” These students are recognized by staff as possessing qualities that are positive. We will continue with this tradition, recognizing students as a “Student of the Month,” as well as for a specific character and/or value they demonstrate. There are six pillars of good character. They are TRUSTWORTHINESS, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, FAIRNESS, CARING, and CITIZENSHIP. There are also values that we wish to instill. They are DILIGENCE, SELF-DISCIPLINE, RESILIENCE, POSITIVITY, PERSERVERENCE, GRATITUDE, BRAVERY, and the value of LEARNING. It is through modeling, discussion, classroom and school-wide activities that we can be sure to draw attention to the great characteristics that our students have, reinforcing them into becoming habits. Be on the lookout for some fun and creative activities that will encourage good character and great values.
Just as a reminder to parents, we do send the kids out for recess whenever possible. We take into consideration the condition of the blacktop and current weather conditions. Our goal is to get the kids outside as often as possible, so please dress your children appropriately (e.g.—warm coat, gloves, hat, boots, etc.) If your child is in need of warm clothing, you may reach out to myself or the school nurse.
I would also like to remind parents that children should not arrive to school before 8:50 am unless they have a sibling that attends our Pre-K program. We do not have staff members available prior to 8:50 to supervise students.
I want to thank all of our Mt. Marion families for your continued support in your child’s education. I firmly believe that academic success requires a partnership between school and home. Be sure to look for upcoming opportunities for families to learn more about how they can strengthen that home-school connection.
Carole A. Kelder