Dear Washington Irving Families,
During this holiday season of celebration, giving, and family gatherings, I am reminded of the following quote from the Dalai Lama: “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” I feel very fortunate to be at W.I. where our teachers show love and compassion to our students’ lives every day.
One way we teach our students the life principle of compassion is through the program, Great Expectations. The mission of Great Expectations is to motivate, inspire, and challenge individuals to achieve excellence in learning and living. Our students build character by striving to become a Washington Irving “Leader of the Pack.” A “Leader of the Pack” is a student who can Problem-solve, be Accountable for his/her learning and behavior, show self-Control in all situations, and practice Kindness to others. In January, we will start a daily recognition of our Pack Leaders of the Day. We have so many students doing the right thing and we want to highlight them!
The month of December encompasses several fun activities. Spirit Day will be this Friday, December 4th. Please encourage your child to show his/her school spirit on Friday by wearing a Washington Irving t-shirt or our school colors (navy, burgundy, and gray). Our PTO is planning and organizing a Penguin Patch Shoppe the 14th – 17th of December for students to shop for gifts. More information about the shoppe will be made available from PTO. The fifth grade music program will be held on Thursday, December 17th. Our winter parties are scheduled for Friday, December 18th. It is also PJ Day on the 18th. Winter Break will begin Monday, December 21st and school will resume Monday, January 4th.
During Winter Break, we would like for you to remember to have your child read for 20 minutes or more each day. Reading is such a powerful tool for building a child’s mind. We want our families and community to help us achieve our high expectations for each student. Your input and support is very important to us. Please feel free to contact me anytime with any ideas, questions, or concerns.
In conclusion, I hope that each one of you have a safe and joyful holiday season and take time to enjoy your family.