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Happy Early Holidays to our Stott families from all of us here at Stott! We have had a really great November and it won’t be long until we are on winter break! With the weather change, please make sure your children have coats, hats, mittens, boots, etc. Once the snow lands, students need to have boots to play on the field. This enables students to keep their feet dry enough to transition back to class comfortably.

Our Lost and Found is overflowing. With the cool mornings and warm afternoons that we have experienced recently, many students have been bringing coats to school and then forgetting all about them by lunch recess. We will put all Lost and Found items on tables in the front lobby for the next 2 weeks. Please take a moment to look through the tables for any of your student’s belongings, the next time you come to visit, and encourage your students to do the same. All items not claimed by winter break will be donated.

December 21, Stott will have very special guests visiting our school. As part of a holiday tradition, we have scheduled a fun assembly for our students. The world famous dance troupe, The Silhouettes, will be performing at Stott. The Silhouettes were featured on America’s Got Talent, Season 6. If you are interested in seeing their work before they visit Stott, they will be on TV on December, 19, although I don’t know the time or channel. We have two programs scheduled on Dec. 21 at Stott. Our Kindergarten-2nd Grade students will see them perform from 10:00-10:45 am and our 3rd-6th Grade students will see the performance from 11:00-11:45 am. Family members are welcome to come and watch the performance with our students.

I am including a short article on the value of students spending quality time reading. It is something I feel very passionate about and really is one of the easiest ways for families to help us get students reading! PLEASE take the time over the winter break to enjoy family time, but PLEASE don’t forget to have students read. Several parents have reached out, asking about ways to encourage their child to read at home. As both an educator and a mother of three, I, too, recognize the importance of early reading. First and foremost, the best way to encourage your child to read is to show her that reading is important to you. One way that I have shown my children that I value reading is to set aside a “family reading time” each night. During family reading time, every member of the family finds something to read. This includes my husband and me. In this way, we are demonstrating both the importance of early reading and reading in adulthood to our children. In addition to demonstrating the importance of reading, this special time has served as a time for our family to bond. After reading, we share what we have read. This encourages family discussion and togetherness. In addition, it helps my children increase their comprehension and summarizing skills, both of which are needed to be a successful reader.

You can read more about this topic in this article.

Spread the word to all of your friends that Stott rocks and that we will have openings for choice enrollment next year! With Stott’s focus on technology and support for the whole-child, we are an excellent school and a positive choice for education. With school choice coming soon, please invite friends and acquaintances to visit Stott and seriously consider joining the Stott family. Open Enrollment for students outside of Stott’s boundaries wishing to attend will be held January 9-January 27. 

Yours in Service,

Caryn McCormick
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