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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
    Helicopter Parenting - Right or Wrong?

    What comes to mind when you hear the term “helicopter parent”? Do you think of yourself? Or do you have friends and acquaintances that come to mind? Webster’s dictionary defines the term, helicopter parent, as “a parent who is overly involved in the life of his or her child.” Some of you might think this is a fairly new term, as it seems to be gaining more and more attention these days. According to Wikipedia, however, the term may have been first used as early as 1969 in a book titled Between Parent & Teenager, written by Dr. Haim Ginott.

    As parents, we are all just trying to do the very best we can each and every day. Over the years, however, it seems that more and more parents are trying to make things absolutely perfect for their children. This could mean signing them up for every activity that comes along or taking care of everything in their daily lives for them. While these children and young adults may, without a doubt, have a great life, what is the cost? Do your children know how to problem solve and make decisions on their own? Are they able to perform basic tasks such as making their bed or cleaning their room independently? The problem is that there are many kids who do not feel capable of performing even the most basic tasks on their own because they’ve either never been asked to or have never been taught to. These things have just been taken care of for them.

    It often starts as small things that we know will help make our children’s day that much better. Then before we know it, our children are preparing for college without many of the basic skills, domestic and educational, to function without us standing there at every turn. This can even continue to be a detriment to our children as they head out into the workforce, preparing for life on their own. There was an excellent article printed in the USA Today regarding this very topic. Feel free to read more about the implications of helicopter parenting in this USA Today news article.

    There is an abundance of information available at our fingertips on this subject. Whether you feel strongly for this style of parenting or you are against it, here are a couple of other resources you can read to help you begin to make the choice or changes in your household: