Monthly Letter to Parents
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Season’s greetings! Wow, where did the year go? We are quickly closing out 2014 and ending the second quarter. I would like to take this time to thank everyone for their hard work and support of students and staff at 1-R. It has been a great first semester, and I am truly blessed to be working with great students, staff and parents. Thank you to Mr. Pearson and the students for kicking off the holiday season with a wonderful winter concert. Thank you to everyone for attending and supporting our students. The band and vocals were a great start to the holiday season!
PTO Thank you to the PTO and everyone who attended the “Breakfast Buddies” event. Approximately 120 donuts were served, and everyone enjoyed some great fellowship! The PTO will host another “Breakfast Buddies” event in early March. The next PTO meeting will be on Monday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. The PTO is seeking volunteers to serve on the 2015-16 board. Please contact a PTO member or me if you are interested in serving.
Academics The end of second quarter is Friday, Dec. 19. School will be dismissed at noon and will resume on Monday, Jan. 5. Reports cards will go home Friday, Jan. 9. Fourth and Eighth grade students will be taking the Nebraska State Writing Assessment at the end of January. Teachers will send reminders prior to assessment day. We encourage parents to make sure children are in attendance and get plenty of rest the night before and a good breakfast, so they may do their best work. K-2 students finished their winter MAPS testing in December. Teachers will be reviewing the data and measuring student progress over this past semester. We encourage parents to ensure children are reading 15-20 minutes a day over the break. Research shows daily reading and academic games enhance student achievement, so while you are traveling or sitting by the fireplace, have your child read some of those good old Christmas books. Parents, brothers, sisters, and grandma and grandpa can have some warm cider play with fun board games that help children count and use math skills. If Santa drops off the newest technology in a stocking, be sure to check out all the fun apps that engage and reinforce student achievement.
Middle School Activities Congratulations to the girls’ basketball team on its second place finish in the Chapman tournament! The girls have improved each week and are enjoying a good season. They will wrap up this week at the Trinity Tournament. The wrestlers have enjoyed success on the mats this year with several first, second and third place finishes. Seventh and eighth boys’ basketball practice begins Monday, Jan. 5. Transportation will be provided to Chapman, and it will be the parents’ responsibility to pick up participants after practice, which ends at 5:30 p.m. Sixth, seventh and eighth girls’ honor choir will begin on Monday, Jan. 12, and end Friday, Jan. 23. Parents, please pick up your daughter promptly at 5 p.m. at Northwest High School following practice. On Friday, Jan. 23, the girls will perform at the four Northwest feeder schools.
Weather Closings We utilize PowerSchool as our mass communication delivery system. Please ensure your information is up-to-date in Power School, so you may receive important school and district information. School closings will also be announced on KOLN/KGIN (Lincoln) and KLKN-TV (Lincoln).
On behalf of the staff at 1-R School, we wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season, and as always, if you have questions regarding your children’s education, please do not hesitate to contact me at 385-6352.