January 2016

Dear Washington Irving Families,

Happy New Year and welcome 2016! I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday break. As we begin a new year I am reminded of how fortunate we are at Washington Irving. 2016 begins our 25th year as a school! We have been a Great Expectations’ Model School for 10 years. I can’t wait to see what amazing things the next 25 years holds for W.I.

Thank you for supporting our winter wear donation drive. ClockWe were able to bless many of our families and the HOPE Center received donations also.  As the second semester of the school year begins, we are all aware that a lot more learning must be achieved before the end of the year. Please assure your child/children arrive to school on time each day and please continue having your child/children read and complete homework each night. Be sure to discuss homework and what is being read to help increase comprehension and learning.   In addition, research states that a student’s academic performance can be negatively impacted by lack of sleep (less than 10 hours) and lack of energy. Your child needs plenty of rest followed by a healthy breakfast (including some protein) each morning to help strengthen the brain for learning.

Report cards will be sent home Friday, January 8th. Second grade will be taking the CogAT test the week of January 11th. The CogAT test is a test of cognitive abilities that is given in second grade and then again in fourth grade. A note for second grade parents will be sent home in Thursday Folders.

I look forward to “Donuts for Dads” on Friday, January 15th, from 7:45-8:15 am. Dads, granddads, uncles, older brothers, or any other significant male role models are welcome to come, enjoy a donut, and read for a few minutes with their child/children. Reading aloud to an adult helps students build self-esteem and strengthen comprehension, fluency, and more.

Washington Irving is a wonderful place! Thank you for your continued support and help and please feel free to contact me anytime.

Kimberly Frank