Greetings Parents and Community Members!
Another week has passed and so much has happened at Brandon. We celebrated “Love Your Red Hair Day” (I didn’t know we had so many red haired students!). I got to see Mr. Hutson teach a lesson in our KK DLI Spanish class (quite impressive!), and Ms. Ingram even stocked our new Kindergarten playspace with unit books aligned to their Wit and Wisdom Module. Our 5th graders are wrapping up their Module 1 with amazing writing pieces. Our French class continues to amaze with the learning and engagement I see every time I walk by.
And, of course, our gifted teachers, with our new collaboration model in grades 1-3 are rocking it with all sorts of acceleration activities for ALL students and the newly designed Think Lab at the Primary center is amazing! All of this was topped off with Brandon’s first Family Thanksgiving Feast of the year! We had over 160 parents, grandparents and Kindergarten families attend! The food was delicious and joy was in the air! I love this new tradition at Brandon and can’t wait for 1st and 2nd grade this coming Friday and Monday. As our days begin with Social Emotional Learning, I’m especially impressed with 2nd grade as they start each day with a morning circle. I even saw Ms. Lane’s class speaking their daily mantra of affirmation!
As we continue to roll through 2019, I want to encourage our parents and families to understand the importance of attendance at Brandon. While I totally understand illness (it has hit us pretty hard!), getting our students to school, on time, everyday is extremely important. Not only does it directly affect our CCRPI, but attendance trends start in KK and can set children on a trajectory for life. Please continue to do your best to set a good routine for your children in the morning and make sure they get to school on time, every day! Tardies also affect the learning environment, not just for your child, (coming in late makes it tough to adjust) but also every other child in the class. Remember, it is a statewide goal that every student is present at least 90% of the time they are enrolled in school. If you have any questions about our attendance policy please feel free to reach out!
Until next time