It is June and summer is just around the corner. We will send home Grade Level Curriculum Handouts and supply lists in your child’s report card. Students will not be assigned to specific teachers until August. Classroom assignments will be sent to each child with our welcome back packet. Please make sure we have your correct mailing address.
The process we use to place students is very thoughtful. It includes input from parents, teacher, counselor, principal and other relevant staff members. We consider academic balance, equity of gender, special needs, classroom load, as well as personality mix and concerns to create balanced classrooms at each level.
Parent involvement and support is essential. I appreciate your understanding with the challenges we are facing and patience in the process. Our goal is not only to promote student achievement, but also to equip our students with the skills, and a passion for lifelong learning. Thanks for helping us with that goal. We are fortunate to have such supportive parents.
Although the students will not be in school for over 2 months there are still many educational activities that they can participate in during that time. Please have your children read at least 20 minutes a day or you read to them each evening. They can keep a journal of activities that they do or places that they go over the summer. Talk to them about math type activities around the home. Perhaps you are building something or budgeting for a trip, those are perfect times to discuss math and involve your children. It is always good to have children count money or have money of their own to spend. Time is another concept that is difficult for children to grasp. If you have an analog (old style) clock with the hands it helps them to see the passage of time. Even though the internet can be a scary place and I would never advocate turning students loose on it, there are many wonderful educational sites for students to visit and learn from. However, in the end nothing replaces conversation and human contact to enhance student learning. Please enjoy your summer, learn something new and we will see you in August.
Our Ice Cream Social will be changing to an Open House and Ice Cream Social. We will hold this on the Wednesday, August 20 before school begins. We will begin at 5:45 p.m. by taking school supplies to classes. Students will be in the gym for a movie while parents will attend a traditional Open House from 6:00-7:10 p.m. We ask that parents start in one child’s classroom and move on to another room after our signal. We will have three rotations. Finally we will gather for ice cream, before going home. Please check our website for more details as well as watch for our flyer in August.
Finally, a big thank you to this year’s PTO officers and all of our volunteers for the many hours that they spend here. McGee would not be such a great place without all of your support. I am sad to be bidding the students goodbye and hope that I run into them in the community in the future. I have great expectations for our McGee Kids! Please enjoy your summer and be safe.
James McGee Elementary School is a recipient of the 2013 Washington Achievement Award.
This is an extraordinary accomplishment and is a direct reflection of the hard work of our students, the dedication of our teachers, and the support and guidance of our parents. James McGee’s award is well deserved. In the past year(s), McGee has implemented several improvements that have impacted our students’ success.