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Monthly Letter to Parents

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Can you believe it’s the end of the year? As many of you know, I will be retiring at the end of the school year. It has been great journey the last 26 years in the Northwest District, and the last 40 years in education. I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of great people along the way. Thank you to the staff, students and parents of 1-R for all your support the last three years. I feel fortunate to have been a part of a school where learning is emphasized to such a high degree. 

I would like to draw your attention to some other newsworthy items and upcoming events.

Staff Changes  We welcome Mr. Steve Retzlaff and Mrs. Deb Boroff to 1-R. Mr. Retzlaff will be replacing Mr. Marron as principal. He is currently the principal at Stolley Park and was an assistant principal at Seedling Mile. Prior to that, Mr. Retzlaff taught at Cedar Hollow. Mrs. Boroff will be the K-8 counselor next year. She is currently the counselor/transition specialist at Westridge. Before working at Westridge, Mrs. Boroff was a resource teacher at Kearney, Overton and Cozad. Thank you to Mr. Steve Jacobsen and Mrs. Melanie Denney for all of their work filling the counseling position second semester.

Field Day is Fri., May 9. Information regarding field day has been sent home, and more specific information regarding the day will be sent home Thurs., May 8.

PTO Flower Pickup is Mon., May 12, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the gym.

Retirement Reception  Please join us in saying goodbye to Mr. Marron on Tues., May 13, at 4 p.m. at an open house at 1-R School.

Last Day of School is Wed., May 21. We will have an awards assembly at 8:15 a.m. for our students in grades K-8. Please feel free to attend the assembly. At noon, we will dismiss the students for the summer.

Summer Library  Please join us for reading roundup! We will kick off with a “Score Big With Reading” on Tues., May 27. Drop in from 9 a.m. to noon to enjoy the festivities! The library will be open each Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon for students to check out books and earn prizes. All library books will be due July 1. Due to work on the heating and cooling system, some adjustments may need to be made to this schedule. Please check the school Web site or 1-R PTO Facebook page, and watch for alerts for possible changes. Thank you for being flexible!

Summer Reading Program  The summer reading program for grades 1-4 will run Mondays through Thursdays, June 17-20 and June 24-27. Mrs. Gloria Dolton and Mrs. Cindy Olsen will provide instruction. More information about this program will be mailed in June.

Webb Road Paving from Abbott Road to One-R Road will begin July 14 according to the Hall County Highway Department. They hope to be done before school starts in the fall. Please use an alternate route during this time.

After School Program  The next big step is to find someone to run the after school program. If you know of anyone interested in running the program, please let me know or have them contact the school at 385-6352.

Lunch Accounts  Please make sure your child’s lunch account has a positive or zero balance at the end of the school year. Northwest requests all accounts be paid up by the last day of school.

Thanks again for your part in a great school year. If you have any questions, please contact me at 385-6352.
















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