There are sure signs of the fall season, kids wearing Seahawks jerseys, new school shoes that light up, Spiderman backpacks, and yellow buses are now a daily part of the scenery here at school.
We have been practicing all the routines that keep us safe and learning at Chase Lake. Recess rules and rainy day recess activities, walking in the halls, the signal for attention in assemblies, fire drills and the lunch tray line. These things may sound simple, but they make our school life orderly and happier as we head toward the important work ahead.
There are a few routines for adults that will help things run smoothly before and after school. If you are new to Chase Lake, these are a few pointers for those busy times of the day. Your cooperation will help us keep all kids safe as they travel to and from school each day.
1. Come to school on time, 8:15 will ensure that the school patrol is out on the corners.
2. Drop off students in front of the school, please do not leave your car unattended.
3. Pick up students from the sidewalks, it isn’t safe to have them cross between cars to meet you in the driveway.
4. Use crosswalks when walking to or from the parking lots.
5. Pick up your student on time, dismissal is 3:10. The office closes at 3:30, and we expect students to be home or on their way by then.
The calendar is filling up, so be sure to check your Wednesday Packet each week. On September 26th we hope to see you all attend the Welcome Back Dinner. That night the Book Fair will be open, and the teachers will all have a station in the gym for you to learn about the year. This is a new format for Curriculum Night, because we have learned that it can be difficult for families to attend several events in one month. Each grade will have a table, and you will be able to meet your child’s teacher, get information about the classroom and curriculum, and learn about homework and volunteering. Please come check it out!
Chase Lake teachers and staff are ready for a new year, and we hope you will join us as a full partner in your child’s school adventure. One school goal this year is to continue to find the best way to reach all families with school information. You can help by letting us know the best way to contact you, and by letting the office know if you have moved or have new contact information. This is the time of year to review contact information and make sure we have the correct contacts in case of an emergency. If you come to the dinner next Thursday, this is a good time to talk with the teacher about the simplest two-way communication.
One tradition at Chase Lake is called “Hopes and Dreams.” This is an activity done in every classroom where children think ahead and set goals for their school year. You will see the teachers’ Hopes and Dreams outside the library door, and when you are around the classrooms you can usually spot the hopes and dreams of students. Learning takes commitment to being your personal best, and this tradition includes students, giving them a way to reflect on who they want to become. Childhood is a hopeful time, and our school aims to capitalize on future dreams of kids and families. Ask your child about their goal for the year, you never know, you may set one for yourself too!