So many of our students did so many interesting things over vacation, it's been great to hear all the stories. We have a number of new friends at the school this year, and it's been a treat to watch the students welcome their new classmates into our community. It's also been exciting to watch the classes start to come together as working units, already working hard, and to see the students playing together at recess. The classes have been exemplifying Rowe School's core values already: Kindness, Community, Responsibility, and Perseverance.
Our motto this year is "Masks are optional, Kindness is mandatory", and some students and staff are wearing masks every day, and others are not. Everyone's choice is respected. Please continue to pay attention to symptoms, and encourage good hygiene and hand-washing, which will serve us all well as the colder months approach.
A quick reminder: Our school day starts at 8:30, students are welcome on the playground anytime after 7:45, breakfast is served in the classrooms around 8:45. Also, please remember, our parking lot is one way, in and to the right, around the circle, and out. Please don't try to turn around and exit from the wrong side of the lot, and remember that it is illegal to pass a school bus when its RED lights are flashing.
A couple of schedule notes: Our Open House will be on Monday, September 19, 6:00-7:00, more details to come. Our first fire drill will be next week, and teachers in all grades will work with the students to get them ready. September's School Committee meeting is Thursday, September 15 at 4:00 p.m., in-person at the school, all are welcome.
There was an interesting article online about how to help prepare students for going back to school, and what parents and educators can do. Here's the link: https://www.cdc.gov/childrensmentalhealth/features/COVID-19-helping-children-transition-back-to-school.html.
I hope you find it interesting.