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A Message From Our Principal

Welcome to April 2020. As I write, I am reminded of all the events that we have or will miss and saddened for what more is to come. I know many of us have had to make some serious sacrifices lately. As we left school in mid- March for our original spring break, it broke my heart to see some of our fourth graders, who had worked so hard for Ameritown, crying as they left school. I watched as seniors in High School were denied the ability to compete for a state championship around the state after years of work with only two games left. But, I am always reminded of silver linings.

In tough times it is easy sometimes to think there isn’t an end in sight or that we are the only ones going through this or that or we just aren’t tough enough or strong enough to keep fighting what is seen as insurmountable sometimes. That is why this month I am writing with a few words of encouragement.

  1. All things come to an end, even bad times. While this may seem to not have an end, it will and I look forward to being able to enjoy some of those things I took for granted like going to a restaurant, meeting with friends, going back to work and having a normal routine.
  2. We have been challenged before and come out stronger in the end. Most recently for our community, I can think of the 2008 economic downturn and the 2013 flood. Both seemed to stretch some of us to our breaking points, but we didn’t break and many of us are living stronger, more meaningful lives now.
  3. We are a very strong community. From strangers helping elderly neighbors to our district employees helping feed thousands of kids with school closures. Our community comes together in times of need.
  4. This is happening to everyone. As we can sometimes focus more on our own issues and problems, we know that many are struggling with this, sometimes worse, and it is okay to not have all the answers all the time. Just knowing many are going through this can be comforting as we can rely on each other and they can rely on us to get through this.
  5. Even in the darkest hours, there are silver linings. Although hard to see sometimes, this pause in our lives could be just what some of us needed. With less travel and cars on the road because of social distancing, our environment thanks us as do our over used and congested highways. I think a lot will be learned from businesses, medical communities, and schools that this experience will no doubt be useful in the future.

As we move forward into unsure times I hope some of the inspirational stories, others’ kind words or deeds and our community bring you strength and some much needed peace. Because We Are All Bulldogs!

Michael Mazurana

Michael Mazurana
Elementary Principal
mmazurana@universityschools.com

    Elementary News
    Minimize First Day Jitters

    The start of the school year is an exciting and sometimes scary time for children. Not knowing what to expect that first day often leads to nervous stomachs and sleepless nights before the first day of school. Advance preparation can help relieve some of your child’s anxiety.

    • If possible, visit the school before the first day of school, either at a scheduled event or by appointment. Even if your child is a return student, it’s been a whole summer since he’s walked the halls, and a little refresher doesn’t hurt.
    • Talk about your child’s fears and expectations in the weeks before school starts. Recount some of your memories as a child. While it’s best to focus on the positive, a funny story or two about your past struggles could help put things in perspective too.
    • The week before school starts, work on getting back into a routine. Set your child’s alarm each morning, and have him get up and go through the school-morning rituals. This will help reset his body clock and get him ready to get moving in the morning.
    • Check out the school supply list, and make sure your child is prepared.
    • Get everything ready the night before. Prepare your child’s lunch, set out backpacks and outfits, and decide what will be on the breakfast menu. Then, send your child to bed early. He’s sure to have trouble falling asleep, so some extra quiet time may help settle his nerves.
    • Get your child up a little early that first day to alleviate some of the stress of rushing through the morning routine. Leave the television off to ensure your child keeps moving.
    • After school, talk to your child. Kids are notorious for one-word answers, so ask open-ended questions that require a longer response. “Tell me what you did today.” “What is your teacher like?” and “What was the best part of your day?” are some great starters.

    We hope your child is looking forward to his return to school. Some advance preparation is sure to help! Most of all, send him to school rested, prepared, and ready to tackle the year ahead.