Assume your child has forgotten everything over the winter break. All the expectations and procedures you established in the fall have died sometime over the past week while your kids were watching re-runs of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” A few days before the end of break, remind students of the procedures and expectations for getting ready for school. Create a schedule, visual for the younger students, on how to get ready in the morning and what is expected for students after school. Talk with your child about how they can be successful in finishing homework and reading. Establish a quiet place together so that students can attend to the learning task. Winter break is a wonderful reprieve from the fall and helps our students rejuvenate for the winter. By being proactive and going back over routines you are protecting your child, and yourself, from frustration.
We hope that your winter break is full of magical moments together. Spending time together is the biggest gift you can give your child, so take moments together to celebrate and rejoice in each other.
Marie Voss-Patterson, Principal