Close the barbecue.
Close the sun.
Close the home-run games we won.
Close the picnic.
Close the pool.
Close the summer.
Open school!
– By Prince Redcloud

Our class in not complete without William! We even left a space for him in our circle. As soon as he returns, we promise to take another picture all together!

Dear Families,

It is with great joy in my heart that I am writing to you!  It has been an absolutely wonderful start to the school year with the Hawks ~ wide eyes, curious minds, and eager spirits have abounded. They are a lovable bunch, indeed! And we have been enjoying one another a great deal. I overheard one Hawk say to another the other day, “I really love our classroom!” It made me happy to hear this and I do too!

Wow, the children are thrilled to be reunited with one another and are working and playing alongside of each other like old buddies. We have been building together each day, reading wonderful beginning-of-the-year stories (The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, and Fireflies! by Julie Brinkloe, have totally kept our hearts warm when missing Moms and Dads), catching up with Music Teachers Mr. Lane and Ms. Gayle (they are rockstars!), and, most of all, beginning to create a kind, caring, and strong class community.

Parents, I will have much more to share about this in the weeks ahead.  For today, though, I will be keeping my blog focused on beginning-of-the-year logistics and technicalities, so as to make sure we have a smooth start to the year.  The first of several sundry matters is that whenever it is you need to get in touch with me, please feel free to email me at [email protected], include Ms. Deb in the email too.  As well, you can use my personal email ~ [email protected]  I will check my email at the beginning and end of every school day.  Please do not hesitate to shoot me an email at anytime.  If it is an email I need to respond to, I will do so when I get home later in the afternoon, or early evening.

Another something is birthdays!  Several classrooms have begun to celebrate and, though, we will not have our first until October, Ms. Deb thought it would be a good idea to mention birthday procedures in our  initial blog post.  It must be said, birthdays and birthday parties are so exciting, but can also be overwhelming for young children. I like to keep celebrations fairly simple.  A good time to arrive to our class would be at 10:15, or so.  We will have just had our Morning Meeting and will soon be getting ready for snack.  Please bring with you a favorite book, or a share of some kind ~ the day your child was born, something that your family loves to do together, etc.  Have this be something you decide with your child.  As far as treat options, I will leave that up to you. I have had treats run the gamut from cupcakes to steak and fries, sweet or savory.  Oh my!  Please be mindful that the children are four and five and, though, we don’t have any food allergies in class, we may have a picky eater or two.  Use your discretion!  Thank you.  Once again, err on the side of keeping  it simple.  If you have questions about what to share, or bring, make sure to connect with me.

As well, we will continue this year to bring home Art Bags each Friday, canvas bags with their art creations inside. Remember, the bags are to be returned on Monday. I know this may be challenging to do after a full weekend ~ wink!  I would place your child’s art bag right by the door on Friday, so it is ready to come back to school on Monday Morning. I mention this because I am notorious for leaving my keys at home, or glasses, or anything else I really need, unless, it is right by the door!

Lastly, a small something that can have a big effect on your child.  Should you or your spouse be traveling, whether it be overnight, or longer, please shoot me an email to let me know.  I would really appreciate this. Though very resilient, change is challenging for children, and it is often felt and expressed at school in big and small ways (i.e. tears, anxiety, sensitive behavior, fatigue, etc.).  I am not saying not to travel (wink!), but please inform us of when and for how long.  This way, Ms Cecilia and I can provide a little extra TLC when Mom and/or Dad are away.

Families, I look so forward to giving you a glimpse every other week, twice a month, into what the Hawks are doing this school year, in both words and pictures. It is only the first blog and I have so much I want to tell you!  Come next week, I will be writing to each of you a brief note about how your child is doing thus far.  I look forward to this personal connection.

And, off and away we go… flying high into the sky!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms Linnea