Elementary School Information
We know that education is a team process and that schools and parents must work closely to provide our students with the best possible educational environment. Together we can give every student the chance to make the most of their educational experience.
A Message From Our Principal
I hope you are all enjoying your summer, having fun adventures, and learning new things together as a family. I also hope you are keeping up with your summer reading and that you have enjoyed a few good stories while keeping your minds fresh, to help stave off summer slide. Your child’s brain is a muscle and the more they use it, the easier it is to maintain what they learn. We want your kiddos ready to hit the ground running in August, without needing to play catch-up.
With that being said, play is also just as important and a major reason why we have always kept recess even when other schools have cut back in favor of getting more seat time. Play helps with promoting decision-making skills, builds gross motor skills, and working through fears and stress. Play teaches conflict resolution skills, and promotes creativity. Unstructured play increases executive function skills such as organizing, staying focused, initiating tasks, self-regulation of emotions, and self-monitoring (or the ability to keep track of what one is doing). Kids who engage in free play are better able to set their own goals, stay focused, and work through problems. So, even if you haven’t planned for the perfect summer activities, don’t worry!
This past spring, we said good-bye to a few teachers. This summer we will welcome two new teachers in third and fourth grades, one new teacher in fifth grade, as well as a new ELL teacher. I can’t wait for your students to meet them and for you to have the chance to collaborate with them. We have also added a paraprofessional to help with increased numbers in our specials, as well as a half-day kindergarten teacher.
Classroom visitation is August 13 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. We will have a chance for parents and students to meet the teacher, see the classroom, and get all the important information for the coming school year. We will have three sessions from 5:00 to 5:25 p.m., 5:30 to 5:55 p.m., and again from 6:00 to 6:25 p.m. Please plan to attend one of the sessions, stay for some ice cream and a chance to catch up with others (sponsored by USPTO).
Thanks for choosing University Schools. I am excited to see you all again for registration at the end of the month! Keep supporting your student to be mentally active over the remainder of the break and be sure your student is reading at least 20 minutes per day. Okay, back to summer vacation, ice cream, swimming pools, and bike rides!