Principal's Message, October 23

Next week two big events are happening: Monday there is no school so teachers can prepare for upcoming parent teacher conferences in November and Wednesday is Halloween. The significance of Monday is it means we are one quarter through this school year! The significance of Wednesday, as I was informed by a second grader yesterday, is it’s the most important holiday of the year!

I, too, am a big Halloween fan, however, I hate the fact that it becomes a major disruption to learning for students. Our days are precious for getting everything in that we need to teach. And while Halloween is a fun holiday celebrated by many, it is not celebrated by all. Rieke must be a place where all students feel included and welcomed so one of the things we do is not wear costumes all day on Halloween. Teachers may decide to have a harvest type celebration or party at some point in the day but generally will be teaching and learning. Some teachers may allow students to bring a costume and change into it just for the class celebration but it must be something the student can get into independently and absolutely no weapons or masks of any kind are allowed.

Please make sure you have a conference time scheduled with your child’s teacher. Due to the high number of students in several of our classes and the time it takes to prepare for the conferences, teachers will not be making up conference times for dates other than Nov. 19 and 20. They will have a summary of how your child is performing that will be provided to every family.

Continue to check the Lost and Found, it is again overflowing. I’ll try and have students check it out during lunch all this week.