Thank you for the wonderful turn out that we had a Parent Teacher Conferences. It is such a great opportunity for us to share with you how your child is doing, but please don’t feel like that is the only time you can talk with us. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s education please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
We are waiting on a schedule from the district for the new Common Core Standards testing for 3-5 grade students. As soon as we have that information we will communicate it to you. We have found that students test best with their class on the day that the test is scheduled. If we have to pull them to do make up tests, they often rush through the work or feel less comfortable away from their classroom. For this reason we ask that you try to make sure students are in attendance on the day of the test. Thank you!
Along with academic expectations for students, public schools have behavioral expectations. I have included the McGee Peace Pledge in this issue as a talking point for students and parents. The Peace Pledge was created several years ago by students, with the assistance of the school counselor. Every morning we recite the McGee Peace Pledge after the Pledge of Allegiance. Please talk with your child about the meaning of each of the statements. If we all lived by those four rules the world would be a lot better place and isn’t that what we want for our kids!
Please know that when Mrs. Siemon or I talk to students we want them to know that we all make mistakes and school is a safe place to make those mistakes. If a consequence is involved in our actions for students it is for them to learn and remember, so that next time they will be less likely to make the same mistake.
Birthdays-Our policy about birthdays is twofold. We ask that birthday treats be store bought and in their original wrapper, so that the ingredients are known to us in the event of a concern. A non-food item is also encouraged. Pencils, stickers ,etc. are some examples. Also, we ask that birthday treats be brought to share during lunch. This does not take class time and allows all students to participate. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me at school.A reminder about our parking lot-McGee Staff will not allow students to cross into the parking lot without a parent. If you pick up your child and do not park along the sidewalk, please park and get out of your car to walk your child through the sidewalk. It is for their safety. We just want all of our students to be safe.
Finally, you may have heard that I have accepted a new position for the 14-15 school year. I have enjoyed every minute of my time at McGee and will miss the students, staff and parents tremendously. The only thing that makes this transition a little easier for me is knowing that the new principal for McGee will be someone that I admire and respect greatly. So….welcome to Wendy Lechelt-Polster! Mrs. Lechelt-Polster is currently the principal at Edwin Markham Elementary in Pasco. She will be a wonderful next step for McGee students, staff and parents. Welcome Mrs. L. P.!