December is here! I can't believe that it is really that time of year. 2016 seems to have flown by and we are on the steps of 2017.
We have had a great fall. The weather has been beautiful, our students have made great gains in their learning, and our teachers are bar none! We had a wonderful turn out to our parent teacher conferences, and our Veteran's Day Assembly was fantastic. Thank you to all who supported Hayden Peak by attending conferences, thank you to our service men and women for the freedoms they allow us to have, and thank you third grade and scouts for providing a wonderful assembly.
As we transition from fall to winter, there are some important things to remember. As the weather gets colder, please remember that germs are everywhere. Please encourage your children to wash their hands often and thoroughly. One way that I have used with kids is to have them sing the alphabet song or the happy birthday song the entire time they are washing. Remind them to use soap and water and that the number one way to spread germs is through touching things.
Another thing to remember is to dress for the weather. It can get pretty cold in Utah during the winter. Coats and hats and boots and gloves provide much more comfort and warmth than hoodies and flip flops. Our students go outside for recess until the thermometer reaches 20 degrees. Please have your students dress to be outside. There is so much good that comes from fresh air, students go outside for recess as long as the weather, temperature and air quality permit.
One more reminder is that the first bell rings at 8:25, and instruction begins at 8:30. Music begins playing outside at 8:22 as a cue for students to line up to be picked up by their teacher. Please have your children to school on time every day. Every tardy, absence or check in/out is a disruption to learning. Bad attendance habits that are started in elementary school become very hard to change in later grades. Teachers begin teaching at 8:30 a.m. and students miss out on valuable instruction, even when they are only five minutes late. In October we had 413 tardies and 904 absences. That is a lot of missed instruction.
Thank you for your help and support as we work to make sure that students get the best education possible. It is a joint effort, one that we cannot do with the help of our parents. Thank you again! Have a great month, and when we come back it will be a brand new year! Can't wait!
Amy Adams-Assistant Principal