Monday, December 24, 2012
December seems to have disappeared in a blink of an eye. Our fifth grade students finally were able to enjoy their long awaited trip to Camp Bernie. The weather was somewhat cooperative, but in spite of it the children had a great time!
Our PTO was extremely busy once again preparing for the Holiday Fair and Breakfast with Santa. Many thanks to all the volunteers who took time out of their busy lives to prepare for these wonderful events. Special thanks to Mrs. Yabra, Mrs. Pena and Grandma Ocasio for all their organizational skills.
At this time of the year, we get to recognize one of our own. Ms. Leigh Sabol who has been named the Lindeneau 2012-13 Teacher of the Year. Ms. Sabol is a conscientious, diligent teacher who always gives it all for her students. I am so proud to have her teaching our students.
With the events of last week, we are being even more vigilant with our school security measures. We will continue to practice safety drills such as fire, lockdown and evacuation drills with the students so they are aware and prepared. To further our safety please be aware that I am not allowing anyone to open the door or let parents, visitors or delivery persons follow a staff member into the building. EVERYONE must be buzzed in through the main lobby door. If you send someone to pick up your child that we are not familiar with they will not be able to take your child without a previously submitted note and identification.
I also ask that you limit the number of early pickups. I know that it is difficult to make some doctor appointments later in the day, but unless there is a true emergency or appointment that cannot be made later, please refrain from picking your child up early. It is very disruptive to both your child and the rest of the class since the teacher must stop to provide homework and other needed information.
Over the break I ask that you encourage your children to spend some time reading. A half hour a day will help to keep up the skills that so quickly decline when they are off from school.
When we return from break on January 2nd we will actually have many months of uninterrupted learning. The students will be held to a much higher standard in their classwork and homework. Please join us in raising the bar for our students who are so bright and need to work to their potential.
As we approach the end of 2012, we take time to reflect on the past year. It has been a year of joy and a year of sorrow. I hope that 2013 brings much more happiness and health to all. To those celebrating Christmas and Kwanzaa, enjoy the time with your family and to all we at Lindeneau wish you a very Happy