Principal Message

John Mitchell

WOW, time is flying by. Here are 5 upcoming dates/Topics to keep in mind:

NO SCHOOL, Veteran's Day: November 11th

Veterans Day, originally celebrated as Armistice Day, was first issued on November 11, 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson a year after the end of World War I. The purpose of Armistice day was to honor the fallen soldiers of The Great War for their sacrifice and bravery. 7 years later in 1926, Congress adopted a resolution requesting President Coolidge issue annual proclamations on November 11, making Armistice Day a legal holiday.

In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans rather than just the ones who died in World War I. He led a delegation to General Dwight Eisenhower, who was all for the idea. Mr. Weeks then conducted the first Veterans Day celebration in 1945 in Alabama and every year until his death in 1985. In 1982, he was honored by President Ronald Reagan with the Presidential Citizenship Medal. Mr. Weeks was also named the “Father of Veterans Day” by Elizabeth Dole.

Ed Rees, the U.S. Representative from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through to congress. Mr. Eisenhower, who was now President and also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954, 8 ½  years after Mr. Raymond Weeks held the first Veteran’s Day. A few weeks later, June 1, Congress amended the bill replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans.” The National Veterans Award was also created in 1954, first received by Congressman Rees for his support in making Veterans Day a federal holiday. Though the holiday is currently and was originally celebrated on November 11, the day was moved to the fourth Monday of October in 1971 due to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. However, only 7 years later in 1978, it was moved back to November 11. 

 

VIRTUAL Parent-Teacher Conferences: November 18th, 19th, & 20th (Half Days)

Parent-Teacher Conference Checklists for Parents to prepare foe before, during and after the conference.

Before the conference

  • Ask your child how she feels about school.
  • Ask your child if there is anything that he wants you to talk about with his teacher.
  • Tell your child that you and the teacher are meeting to help him/her.
  • Make a list of topics that you want to talk about with the teacher.
  • Prepare a list of questions such as:
  • What are my child's strongest and weakest subjects?
    2. Does my child hand homework in on time?
    3. Is my child engaged in class during the synchronous learning time period?
    4. What can I do at home to help?

During the conference

  • Login on time for the meeting.
  • End the meeting on time.  Please remember that other parents will probably have a conference after yours.
  • Relax and be yourself.
  • Stay calm during the conference.
  • Ask the most important questions first.
  • If your child receives special services such as English classes or Special Education services, ask about your child's progress in those classes.
  • Ask for explanations of anything you don't understand, that’s why we are here
  • Ask your child's teacher for ways that you can help your child at home.

After the conference

  • Talk about the conference with your child.
  • Talk about the positive points, and be direct about problems.
  • Tell your child about any plans you and the teacher created.
  • Keep in touch with the teacher during the school year.

Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, November 25th (Half Day), Nov. 26th-27th (NO SCHOOL)

End of Trimester 1: December 4th

Winter Break: December 21st-January 1st

WE ARE BETTER-TOGETHER! Thank you for the commitment to your student and their education. We feel very fortunate to partner with you during this time in our world today!

As always, please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions, comments and or concerns.

John A. Mitchell

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