Principal's Notes

  •     It is hard to believe that we are nearly half way through the school year.  We have had a great school year so far.  Having a good school doesn’t happen by accident.  It takes a team effort.  Thank you to the teachers, parents and especially the kids for working so hard to make Greene County Elementary a great place to learn.
        In January and February there are not a lot of extra activities at the elementary but I know this doesn’t mean the kids aren’t busy.  This is a good time to get good study habits and routines established for when the weather does get nice outside.  Even if your child doesn’t bring work home from school try to establish a quiet time each night at home.  Have them read a book, draw a picture, color or something else that doesn’t involve a screen.  A set time now will pay off in the long run.  Please try to keep education as a priority as your child’s number one job is to get the best education possible.  Here are three ideas to help encourage your child to give their best effort.
        Keep it positive!  By the time most kids graduate from high school they will have heard over 15,000 negative words or phrases.  That’s why children also need to hear words of encouragement.  Examples: “You can figure it out,” “What a great listener,” “Fantastic work,” and “You’re doing better.”
        Show interest!  Let your child know you are interested in school.  Ask friendly questions, such as “Hear anything interesting today?” or “Meet anyone new?”  This keeps the lines of communication open.
        Reward progress!  Find ways (other than money) to reward your child’s efforts in school.  For example, a sleep-over or a pizza party can mean a lot to child.

    A few dates to keep in mind:
        January 20 – No school at the elementary
        January 30 – GCE Family Fun Night
        March 3 & 5 – Parent-Teacher Conferences at the elementary
        March 9-13 – Muffins and Math in the Morning
        March 12 – Grades 2-4 Movement Concert
        March 16-20 – No School, Spring Break

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