Nov 10

Lower School: Friday Letters from Leslie — Friday, November 10, 2017

Lower School Director Leslie Hosey, Ph.D.  ♦  Friday, November 10, 2017

The sunshine and snowflakes this morning served as nature’s reminder to gather up our gear and prepare for the frolic and fun of winter weather.  As a school that uses every inch of our beautiful 13 acres for both classroom and recreational space, please remember to dress children appropriately, including boots, snow pants, hats, scarves, and gloves/mittens to ensure their comfort and safety in traversing the campus.  (Additionally, an extra pair of dry socks in the locker or cubby is a cozy treat when snow is sometimes an unwelcome visitor inside of shoes and boots!)

Thank you all for making a concerted effort to arrive on time this year in order to have children settled and ready to learn promptly when school begins.  Homeroom teachers are welcoming students at 8:10 am for homeroom morning meetings, attendance and announcements to start the day off on the right foot before the first academic block of the day.  There is a noticeable difference in tempo when students have such a great start to the day – plus we love to see those smiling faces to brighten the cold mornings!

Hand in hand with arrival, comes a reminder for parking lot etiquette.  As cold weather brings more frequent use of curbside pickup and drop off, a strong reminder that parking is not allowed along the curb.  Once students have safely exited/entered your vehicle, please carefully pull forward to keep traffic moving in order to prevent unsafe backups onto Woodward and to promote the safe flow of cars through the parking lot.  It takes all of us working together to ensure a smooth running parking lot.  Thank you for your redoubled efforts to keep it safe.

Lastly, cold and flu season will soon be making its way to Michigan.  We sincerely work to promote health and wellness for all – students, parents and teachers alike.  To that end, we ask that you carefully consider when to send children to school and when best to keep them home.  As a general rule and best practice, children should be well enough to participate in all school activities and be 24 hours fever free without medication.   Luckily, the easiest and most effective healthy habit is something that lies within all of our power:  frequent hand washing with liquid soap and water remains the number one way to prevent the spread of communicable disease.   May the refrain, “Time to wash up!” become a frequent chorus here at school and at home.

Have a lovely weekend and I welcome everyone to join me in swapping out the joy of ice cream for the comfort of a good book and cup of hot cocoa.



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