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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

As the final month of the school year is upon us, let me first start by thanking everyone for all you did this year. I want to start with our teachers who navigated an ever changing and at times difficult situation to insure kids got what they needed. Remote teachers tackled the rigors of online learning and found ways to keep individuals connected even when miles apart. They built a community and a caring environment where it seemed impossible. In-person teachers battled through changing situations, a vastly different schedule, and a foreign environment to help students achieve and in some cases, excel. Counselors, nurses, office staff, specials teachers, paras, and support staff all pulled together while being exposed to large amounts of students each day and the threat of constant quarantines. This was a heroic event to educate kids this year and with teacher appreciation this month, we should all take a minute and thank the staff for their efforts, perseverance, and inspiration.

I also want to thank our elementary community. Thank you to all of our kids for rolling with changes and coming to learn. Education is not received, it is achieved. Many of our kids really took this to heart this year whether in person or remote. They had to be partners with teachers, and many stepped up to the challenge and took charge of their own learning in spite of all the distractions and barriers. Thank you to our parents who have had to change their work schedules and lives around new start and end times as well as the quarantines. Your commitment to your child and this school should be commended.

This month we get back to many things that make us who we are. We see the return of field trips and field days. We see kids outside exploring and becoming inquisitive about the world around them. 

This summer we are looking to offer a wide variety of options for students. Teachers will be recommending students for our school’s summer camp and other options will be presented. Keep a close eye on our website and teacher emails for more information.

Next year won’t be perfect, but with all we have learned this year, it will continue to get better and better. I am thankful for what we have done and look forward to what we have yet to accomplish.

If I don’t personally see you at an upcoming event and wish you well before we depart for the summer, know that I am thinking about each of you and wishing the very best until we meet again next year. Thanks again for choosing University Schools! I am because we are.

Michael Mazurana

Michael Mazurana
Elementary Principal
mmazurana@universityschools.com

    Elementary News
    Encourage Healthy Drink Choices

    As parents and caregivers alike, we are often faced with hard decisions regarding what to give our children - to help hydrate them and to keep them healthy. With many sports and juice drinks on the market today, the choices can be overwhelming at times.

    Popular kids’ drinks advertise anything from added vitamin C and vitamin D to added antioxidants. The brightly colored juice boxes and packages display our kids’ favorite cartoon character or sports figure enticing them to pick the fun and exciting drink as opposed to the healthier more ‘boring’ options of 100% fruit juice, milk, and water.

    Although healthier than other alternatives such as soda and other popular drinks, fruit juices and other sports drinks also contain a high amount of sugar. Is it wrong to let your child indulge in one of these drinks from time to time? Probably not, but on a regular basis these drinks affect the overall health of the child.

    According to Anne Kolker, a registered dietitian, sport drinks have as much as 13 teaspoons of added sugar. It is important to look at the serving size on the nutrition label. The label might read that a beverage bottle contains 80 calories, however, it is important to double check the label. For example, if the serving size states 2.5 servings, you must figure out the math. In this case, the 80-calorie beverage contains 200 calories. Not all fruit juice is created equal. Most do provide 100% juice, but be careful of how it is marketed. Some juice drinks may look like regular juice and advertise 100% vitamin C; however one of the main ingredients is high fructose corn syrup.

    How can we encourage our children to make healthier drink choices? We can make water, juice, and milk fun and exciting. Water is more tempting when it is chilled and has some fruit added to it. Juice is a favorite and can be frozen to make ice pops. Milk can be added to your child’s favorite healthy cereal or mixed with fruit or light chocolate syrup.

    As parents, the best way to help our children make healthier drink choices is to set a good example by making healthier drink choices ourselves.