A Few Items to Note

January 9 - 12:21PM

Good morning everyone!

A few items:

  1. At the December performance a woman lost a gold bracelet that is very meaningful to her. The church hasn’t located it and I’m wondering if any one in our families may have picked it up. If you did find it, please let me know and we can return it to the woman.

  2. Speaking of performances, we are beginning to get ready for our play this spring – The Wizard of Oz. The kids are bubbling with excitement! I have chosen parts for the play and you will be receiving the list soon with the part or parts that your child will be playing. Just so you know, I choose parts based upon age – the oldest kids get the main parts (there are many lines to memorize) down to the Sprouts, which end up having mainly non-speaking parts. Everyone from Elementary through Sprouts is a member of the play. The Seedlings are not cast in the play as it is too difficult for them to participate on stage. I will be directing this play and we begin practicing as soon as we get the scripts copied and into binders. So.....I could use a few volunteers as part of your Community Service to make the copies of the script here at school and to put them into binders within the next week. If anyone wishes to do this job, please get back to me. The copying work has to be done at the school and the collating/binder making can be done at home.

  3. I think I put this in an earlier email, but we made $185 from Box Tops for Education this past quarter and we are very appreciative of all of you who sent us in the Box Tops. We are also thankful to Karen Hartmann for handling this project each quarter. The next deadline to submit for another check is March 1st, so continue collecting and get those Box Tops to us so Karen can add them up and send them in! Thanks!!!

Have a great afternoon! Deb

School Open / Today's Weather

January 8 - 6:05AM

Good morning everyone,

We will be opening on time today, as I can see no other reason to delay today. I know other local schools are delayed today, but without road issues (such as black ice) or bus starting issues due to cold weather, I can find no other reason to delay other than wanting not to face the cold so early (and believe me, it’s tempting!)

With that, I just want to let you know that if you don’t want to face the cold so early, feel free to bring your child in late today. Elementary kids will not be considered tardy today if they arrive late. I myself will be late today because my truck decided on the way home yesterday to lose heat and I have to get to my mechanic because I cannot face an hour of driving to school without heat in my cab in these temperatures!

I also want all of you to know just how awful I feel when we have to delay or close due to any reason. I know that many of our parents have to get to work and rely on us to be there for them in the mornings and afternoons, so please realize that I do not take any decision I have to make lightly or that I simply follow other school districts without any thought. It is a big stresser for me when I have to make a decision to close or delay, but I do so with safety of our staff and families in mind.

So, be warm, be safe, and we will see you all later, Deb

Cold Weather Notes

January 7 - 3:15PM

Dear Parents,

Whew! We just can’t get ahead of this weather! Let’s hope we have a normal day tomorrow! Not only are us teachers backed up with our curriculums, but my office is quite backed up as well, so please have patience with all of us!

Make sure, with this extreme cold and bizarre weather, that you check your emails every day in case of any delays, etc. Let’s hope tomorrow is a normal day, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s still this cold if we have another delay.

Also, please make sure your child comes warmly dressed for school, regardless of whether we are outside or not. I see many kids coming in t-shirts with no layers underneath and it makes me shiver just looking at them, and if they get cold I have no extra clothes to give them! Please make sure your child dresses in layers, even for inside – the best is a t-shirt underneath with a long sleeved shirt or turtleneck on top. They can also bring a light sweatshirt to wear underneath their jackets which can also serve as an inside extra layer should they become chilled.

Thanks and stay warm!!! Deb

Delayed Opening Tomorrow

January 6 - 3:55PM

Dear Parents,

Due to the extreme temperatures we are going to experience tomorrow, we are calling for a delayed opening – school will begin at 11 AM. Morning students may attend from 11 to 1 if you wish, but they will need to bring a lunch with them.

Be careful on the roads – black ice is likely in the morning!


Thanks and a saying

January 3 - 10:43AM

Good Evening,

Besides the wicked weather, I wanted to say thanks to all of you who have been sending in Box Tops for Education. We just received a check for $185! I believe that’s for a quarter of a year, but it’s the easiest fundraiser because all it takes is for you all to clip those little squares off the products you use and send them in! I also want to thank Karen Hartmann for bundling them all up and sending them in for us. It may not seem like a lot of money, but it paid for us to have paper towels in the bathrooms and cups for the water dispenser for a couple of months. All things add up, and I truly appreciate your help! Keep on clipping!

Finally, a friend of ours, Alan St. Jean, who came to visit our school in the fall, sent me this saying that he received for the new year. I thought I’d pass it along to all of you. I think it’s great:


I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever. – Neil Gaiman