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From the Desk of
Principal Rosey Brown

    December 2014

    Dear Butcher-Greene Families,

    Greetings!  Hoping everyone had a fabulous start to the holiday season and that this newsletter finds you well!  Great things continue to happen in our classrooms as our children continue to make academic gains!  We are so proud of their accomplishments and want to share them with you.  Next time you are in the building, check out our building data wall found in the front hallway. Also, please notice our Math Star Wall of Fame. Students who have passed their timed fluency math facts will have their names added right before the holidays.  Be sure to ask your child when they will be taking their next fluency test and don’t forget to practice, practice, practice those facts at home.  Students in grades Kindergarten through five are anxious to get their star up!

     Here at Butcher-Greene, we set high expectations for our students.  It takes a lot of hard work for our students to earn academic and citizenship recognition. Right before Thanksgiving break, one of our students came up to me and said, “Ms. Brown, I want you to know that I’m already a VIP and I am working to get on the Principal’s Honor Roll and the 90/90 Attendance Club!”  With this child’s hard work and desire, I believe he will make it!  Our yearly attendance goal is that we have at least 90% of our students here 90% of the time! We are presently at 96% for the full year, but November hit us hard and we only had 80% of our students here 90% of the time.   Please encourage your child to be here daily with no tardies or early releases.  Please try to schedule any appointments after 4:00 or on early release days if possible.  Students will be recognized monthly for being a part of the 90/90 Club.  Our second quarter ends December 19th and the second quarter awards assemblies will be held on January 13th.   Feel free to call to find your child’s current attendance percentage.

    Did you know that the Grandview Board of Education approved a new mission, vision and collective commitment statements for our district?  Posters sharing these commitments will be coming soon to each school and will be posted in our front foyer and office.  Be looking for them!  You can also click or type in the following link to view the document.  http://www.csd4.k12.mo.us/Documents/GMS/14-15/GMS%20CSIP%20mission%20vision%20and%20commitments.pdf

    A reminder that the weather is so unpredictable this time of year!  Please be sure your child is layered and/or bundled up!!  We still have students arriving without coats or gloves.  Our students need to get fresh air and weather permitting, students are given recess time each day.  Decisions to have outside recess during cold weather will depend upon the temperature and the wind chill factor.  Shorter outside recess times may be scheduled on very cold days.  ALL children are expected to go outdoors unless the weather is severe; then all students will remain indoors.  Only students with medical excuses are allowed to remain in the building during scheduled outside recess.  A dated note is required each day your child must remain inside for health reasons.  Please keep this in mind and be sure your child is dressed appropriately so that he/she may enjoy the outdoors.  Also, BE SURE to make arrangements for your child/ren in case school has to be dismissed during the day.  It is so important that our children know what to do and where to go if this occurs.

    Don’t forget that the Winter Holiday Break begins December 22nd and school resumes on Tuesday, January 6th.  May your holiday be especially blessed with some of the greatest free gifts of all.  The gifts of health, joy and time spent with those you hold most dear!

    Happy Holidays.

Butcher-Greene Elementary School

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