Principally Speaking

Lassen View Families,

Happy New Year! It has been a joyful season spending time with family and friends and ringing in a new year. It is always a time to reflect and set goals as we embark on a new year. Resolutions are hard to keep so the last few years I have followed the recommendation to choose a “word” for the year. This word can represent what you want to focus on, something you want to change or simply something you want to do more of to give back to the community. At our Staff Development day on January 7th, we talked about “Goal Setting” with our students. When we know what we are shooting for it is easier to take steps to achieve the goal!

We have many exciting things happening on the Lassen View campus during the month of January. It is the start of Basketball season and both our 4th and 5th grade boys and girls will field teams to compete against our other schools. We have tryouts January 9th and 10th and look forward to cheering on our Panthers!

January also brings the beginning of our Minimum Day Mondays. These shortened days will provide opportunity for teacher collaboration. Dismissal will be 12:45 pm for kindergarten through 3rd grades and 12:50 pm for 4th and 5th grades. This will also impact our start and end times Tuesday through Friday. Kindergarten through 3rd grades will begin at 7:57 am and end at 1:45 pm. 4th and 5th grades will continue starting at 7:40 am and dismiss at 1:50 pm. Thanks for your cooperation as we make these adjustments.

Mark your calendars for our 2nd annual Family Technology Night. This free family event will begin at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 16th, with information on how you can keep your student safe while using the internet. Cyber Safety is an important topic and necessary for the protection of our students. Next our 4th and 5th grade students will lead a variety of technology stations teaching families about the many programs students have access to supporting our educational curriculum. Students will demonstrate Prodigy, Google Classroom/Expeditions, iReady, RAZ Kids, Everyday Math games and much, much more! We will end the evening at 7:00 pm with hot cocoa and cookies. Come join the fun!

January generally brings wet weather and it definitely looks like we are starting off the year with a succession of storms! We know students need time to play and get their wiggles out and so we ask that they bring jackets with hoods and/or umbrellas to make outside recess as much of a possibility as we can! We also recommend that all jackets/coats are labeled with student’s first and last name. As you have seen, we usually end up with many coats, jackets and sweaters in our lost and found.

We end the month of January participating in the “Great Kindness Challenge” Week. During the week we focus on choosing kind and paying it forward. It’s a great way to practice spreading kindness each and every day. Thanks to our “Kindness Counts Club” for spearheading this project for us. “In a world where you can be anything, BE KIND.”

Welcome 2019!

Mrs. Caryn Emerson