Dear Parents, 

Next week is Red Ribbon Week and there are activities all week long as we celebrate our students decisions to “SAY NO TO DRUGS”

We will have several events through out the week as a means to help our students continue in the “Anti-drug” mindset. Monday, October 23 students will sign a pledge to stay “ Drug Free ” and we will be decorating the gate with red ribbons. Tuesday will be a day when we say to our fellow students and family the phrase “I mustache (must ask) you to say no to drugs” Each student will be able to wear a red mustache! All day. Wednesday is poster day and they will be on display in our lobby. Thursday is no school as we have parent teacher meetings all day long. Friday will cap our Red Ribbon week with a RED OUT. Students will be encouraged to wear red to school as a form of commitment to a life without drugs. It should be a great week and just one of many ways we can get our children to live a life without drugs. 

The following week we have created a week long focus on careers. Our Career Week will feature a day on Tuesday, October 31, where students will be allowed to come dressed as the career of their choice. We are going to hold students and parents accountable to be sure that the students are dressed in actual professions. Being a ninja, pirate, or superhero is not a real career so these will not be allowed. Students will register what they are coming dressed as on Monday before the event . Each day of Career Week will bring new people to talk in the classrooms about what they do and how much they love their jobs. I am open to more people coming to the classrooms to talk about their careers. Let me know if you are interested, we would love to have you. 

A last calendar item, please don’t forget to mark with a star December 14, at 7:00 pm. We have our annual Christmas program and this year we are performing The Messiah for Young Voice. We have started rehearsals and it will be an event to which you will want to bring the entire family and neighbors. We will have this year’s presentation in the SV Church. You will want to be there! 

I was reading a great article this last week about the benefits to our children when we pass on the love of reading. One of the bonuses is that it increases your word power – today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life. Adding to your vocabulary is a huge benefit not only for personal satisfaction but this increase helps in the work world. Choosing the right word when you pen a letter can make all the difference. Mark Twain said it best, “ The difference between almost the right word and the right word is really a large mater; it is the difference between a lightning bug and the lightning. ” 

Make reading a priority each night, turn of the TV, open a good book. 

Don’t forget the Gold Spotlights for October are listed on page two, please remind yourself of the students we will honor this coming 30th of the month. 

In Gratitude,

Stephen Stokes

Download the full PDF version: Echo, Vol 4, No 5, October 2017