Dear McNamara School Community Members,
I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! It is apparent that the winter season is upon us with its cold temperatures and snowy weather. You can't help but share the students' enthusiasm for winter and its wonders.
Students will go outdoors for recess as long as the temperature and wind chill factors are greater than or equal to 20 degrees F. Please be sure they are adequately dressed for outdoor play with hats, mittens or gloves, snow pants and boots in order to play in the snow. If you are unable to outfit your child for outdoor play, please contact Mr. Seltzer, our school's social worker for assistance.
Due to the snow pileup, our parking lot is limited, and our school buses need to have access into the area to drop off students in the morning and pick up students in the afternoon. The area needed for buses includes the upper entrance into the parking lot area and the entire paved area adjacent to the front of the school. Please avoid parking in these areas when dropping off or picking up students.
The New Year brings new learning experiences and opportunities for our students. It is hard to believe that the school year is almost at the halfway point. As I reflect on the first half of the year, I want to thank the combined efforts of our students, parents and staff for working together and continuing our focus on learning.
This is a good time to reflect on the school year thus far and discuss with your child how the school year is going. Refer back to some of the learning goals set at the beginning of the school year and review progress. Report cards will be available online on the parent portal on February 2nd. If you have any questions about your child’s progress be sure to contact your child’s teacher.
In January, our school will be celebrating International Day of Acceptance with a school wide assembly promoting an awareness of respect and understanding of students of all abilities and to embrace our differences.
The 100th day of school will soon be here in February and our primary classes will be celebrating with learning activities centering around the number 100, reinforcing students’ mathematical skills. During February, we will hold our seventh annual Wellness Day for all students. Students will have the chance to participate in a day of fun-filled activities that promote healthy living, from breathing and relaxation techniques to Zumba dance and movements along with learning about proper nutrition and taking care of your body.
Whether your idea of winter fun is sledding, creating that perfect snow angel, or just staying cozy drinking hot chocolate, be sure to enjoy the joy and fun of the season!
Mrs. Jane B. Nadolski, Principal
McNamara Elementary School