LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Your children are now into the “Booker T. routine.” They are finding their way and learning to handle their independence. I had an opportunity to substitute in four different six grade art classes this week, and had interesting conversations with the students about their transition to middle school. Right now it seems as though their biggest problems are getting lost in the building and getting onto the bus at the end of the day. They had some creative ideas for solving both issues, which I am going to look into implementing.
In our election class yesterday, the topic was voting. Students had a chance to look at statistics about what issues are most important to Americans and to rank the issues that are important to them. “Does one vote matter?” we asked the students. The students were then presented with about fifteen different examples from American history of when one vote made a difference. These included, in 1994 when the House enacted a law banning specific classes of assault weapons, in 1993 when the Senate approved a tax increase and in 1941 when the Selective Service Act was passed by one vote. Continue the conversation at home. Several classes also learned some important information about the state they are representing.
I am grateful to the generosity of the PTA for extending the official library hours. Starting on Monday, the library will be open at 8:00am every day. The library is also open after school on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15pm-4:30pm.
Early Academy began this week. It was great to see so many students taking advantage of the time with their teachers. Once again, Early Academy takes place on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00am-8:40am. Students must be here for Early Academy before 8:30am. Breakfast is also available each day, at 8:00am, either in the cafeteria (hot breakfast,) at the main desk (cold breakfast) or in the office (cold breakfast.)
Encourage your child to get the contact information of at least two other students in his/her class so that he/she has someone to call when they have been absent or if they have questions about the homework.
Booker T. is part of the Zero-Waste Initiative and is a pilot school. Each room has been set up with a recycling center. Composting is collected in the cafeteria.
The class breakfasts have been moved to December. They will not take place this week.
The weekends are a good time for your children to do some independent reading.