Sheri’s Weekly Letter 9/1/17
Our second week of school has been incredibly warm! Despite the heat, we have enjoyed a smooth and productive week and are beginning to settle into our daily routines. (Please note that there will be no PE or after school sports try-outs during this intense heat wave). Our 6th graders have nearly mastered their lockers and are becoming more adept at moving through the crowded hallways to get to class on time with the appropriate materials. Our 7th and 8th graders, as well as the teachers, are still getting used to the new Day 1/Day 2 schedule.
We are aware that some students are still struggling with the adjustment of returning to school after summer and/or starting a new school. This is normal and understandable. Encountering a new school environment, making new friends, getting used to new teachers, and managing a middle school workload, may present unique challenges for each student. If your child is struggling with any aspect of school, please reach out to his/her Advisor so that the Advisor can offer support.
Please know that students deal with transition in different ways. Some students happily bounce into school each day for the first couple of weeks and seem very happy and settled. Then, during the 3rd or 4th week the student may suddenly become reluctant to go to school. There are students who start out feeling nervous and the nervousness dissipates after the first few days of school while others may not seem to have any difficulty at all with transition. Please reach out as necessary if your child is struggling in any way. As a parent, it can be very difficult to witness your child’s emotional struggle with transition (or with any issue, really). It may be helpful to simply listen to your child’s concerns and reassure him/her that transitions can be challenging but that “this too shall pass”. Soon they will feel more comfortable at school and next year they will be helping others who are struggling with transitioning to a new school.
Overall, the energy and excitement at The City School is wonderful. Students are adjusting well to being back at school and are enjoying connecting and/or reconnecting with friends and teachers. Our school’s policies, procedures, rules and consequences are firmly in place and have been clearly conveyed to students over the past two weeks. Therefore, students find safety and comfort within the boundaries provided and are able to focus on the task of learning and enjoying their days at school.
Today, we enjoyed our second All School Meeting hosted by the sixth grade Advisors. After completing our weekly school business, students from each Advisory were invited to participate in a talent show. Students in all grades performed songs, dances, contortions, acrobatics, etc. A few students played songs on the piano and violin. In addition to enjoying the student’s talents, it was wonderful to see so many students willing to perform in front of their peers during the second week of school. Our students proved to be a very welcoming and encouraging audience. All performances were thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated by all.
Next Wednesday, September 6th, from 6:30PM to 9:00PM we will have Back to School Night for parents only (please, no children). When you arrive at Back to School Night, you will go directly to your child’s Advisory class. From there you will be given a schedule for the evening. Back to School Night provides parents the opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and to hear about the work your child will be doing in each class. As time is limited, teachers will not be able to discuss individual students. If you need to discuss issues regarding your child, please feel free to email your child’s teacher to set up a time for a discussion.
Lastly, please note the following upcoming schedule reminders:
- Monday, September 4th: NO SCHOOL – Labor Day
- Wednesday, September 6th 6:30-9:30PM – Back to School Night
- Monday, September 11th – Annual Giving Campaign Kick-Off
- Fall Festival Kick Off Meeting 7:00PM (click here for more information)
- Friday, September 15th – Principal Chat (8:00AM)
- Movie Night (6PM to 9PM) – more info to be sent next week
- Tuesday, September 19th – Picture Day –
- All students must wear school uniform. Info to be forthcoming next week
- Thursday, September 21st – NO SCHOOL – Rosh Hashanah
- Wednesday, September 27th – Parent Council Meeting at The City School 7PM
I hope you all have a wonderful and cool Labor Day Weekend!