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Monthly Letter to Parents

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Dear Parents and Guardians:

The darn groundhog is pretty smart! He must have studied at 1-R! Even though it is still cold and snowy, 1-R students continue to heat up the building with their learning. Students and teachers have the academic burners turned up, working hard in the third quarter. I am continually impressed and excited to see all the growth students are making. While this has been a busy quarter, the fourth quarter will be just as crazy. It is critical students stay focused as they still have many important concepts and skills to master before the end of the year.

I would like to take a moment to say thank you to Mrs. Theresa Marble for 20 years of service at 1-R and the Northwest district. While our lives at 1-R have been fast and furious, Mrs. Marble and her husband’s life has been a whirlwind! In January, they added another grandchild, born in Texas. February, her husband found a new job in Texas, and they will celebrate their daughter’s wedding the first of March. Then, in all that, they sold their house and are moving to Texas in March. Whew!! While we are losing a wonderful librarian and paraeducator, we wish Mrs. Marble the best in all her endeavors. Thank you, Mrs. Marble, for all the enjoyment and love for reading you instilled in children!

Mrs. Catherine Klanecky, who student taught this fall at 1-R, has agreed to finish the year as librarian and paraeducator until we find a replacement next fall. Please say “Hi” and welcome Mrs. Klanecky to 1-R when you see her. Mrs. Klanecky will do a wonderful job in her new role.

ACADEMICS  I would like to say thank you, parents, for your attendance at parent-teacher conferences. Education is truly a shared partnership between home and school. Teachers enjoy sharing the growth and success of your children. Please remember if you have questions, teachers are always willing to meet, discuss or e-mail to assist you. Grades 3-8 are finishing up MAPS testing the end of February. Results of those assessments will be sent home as soon as they are completed, most likely with report cards. If you have any questions about those results, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher. Grades 3-8 will be taking NeSA (Nebraska State Standards Assessment) in reading, math and science in late March and early April. Grades K-2 will be taking the MAPS assessment again in late April.

CELEBRATIONS  Congratulations to our middle school MATHCOUNTS competition team: Blake Byerly, Grady Griess, Jacque Johnson, Aryanna Warner, Horizon Berends, Parker Janky, Briana Placke, Collin Quandt, Brennan Semm, Landon Zentz; alternate: Jon Oliva. They did a great job representing 1-R in the Kearney competition. We would like to wish our fifth through eighth grade Hall County Spelling Bee representatives good luck: Aryanna Warner, Bailey Mettenbrink, Emma Pearson and Bishop Placke will do a great job. Another congratulations goes out to the spring middle school quiz bowl qualifiers: Aryanna Warner, McKenna Watson, Mason Janky, Maddie Pierce, Travis Houdek, Blake Byerly, Landon Zentz, Brennan Semm, Joey Holling, Parker Janky, Noah Anderson, and Emma Pearson. We are super proud of these students and all our students for their successes!

EVENTS/ACTIVITIES  Please make sure you continue to check out the Website and calendars for all the activities, field trips and events happening at 1-R. Middle school mixed honor choir will be starting March 9. Middle school track will be kicking off around March 16. PTO has another “Breakfast Buddies” event scheduled for March 10 at 7:30 a.m. in the gym. Parents/guardians, siblings and grandparents are welcome to come enjoy a donut and juice. PTO also has a family night scheduled to a Danger football game on March 27, so be watching for information. Also, look at your calendars! Bowling nights at the Super Bowl and family skate nights at Skate Island are other great opportunities to spend time with your school family.

PARKING LOT  In the morning, if you need to enter the building (or park for any length of time), please park on the south side of the driveway and walk your child through the crosswalk. This will help those who are just pulling through to drop off to do so on the north side and keep traffic flowing. The new paving has been wonderful, and now that more traffic is coming from the south after school, please remember the north side is also available for pick up. Please also remember to pull all the way forward if there is space past the crosswalk as this will speed up dismissal. If you have a child in kindergarten or first grade, they can walk west past the crosswalk to load also. Thank you for your attention to the safety of all stakeholders.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 1-R kindergarten will host registration Tuesday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. If you plan to have your son or daughter begin their 1-R experience as a kindergartner next year, please contact Mrs. Meis at 385-6352 as soon as possible. If you know of someone who does not have siblings at 1-R that should be notified, please share this information with them. 








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