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April 13, 2014

posted Apr 15, 2014, 4:36 PM by jmarcotte@sau4.org

Spring Time & Independence

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As the spring flowers are starting to grow and blossom, it is a good time to use that analogy and talk with your children about them growing, changing, and gaining some more independent skills. As parents and educators, we not only want our children to become great readers, mathematicians and writers but we want them to develop self-help skills and independence.

As the layers of winter clothing are being put away, take this time to develop different routines and expectations. At this point in the school year, all students should be carrying their own backpacks into school. Another great independent skill is allowing students to walk on their own into the multipurpose room and classrooms. A third self-help skill for students to practice would be to tie their own shoes. Having a nephew who struggled with this skill, I understand this one can take some time and not all students will master it in one season, but it is important that we provide them with some practice time. Encouraging students to zip and unzip their spring jackets is another skill that will build a student’s confidence and independence.

I understand it is hard to see children struggle with something. As parents and educators, we want to help them and make things easier. However, struggling with something isn’t always a bad thing. It teaches children to keep trying, it engages critical thinking, problem-solving and helps children practice patience. The next time your children ask for help, encourage them to try and cheer them on! Walk them through by asking questions. They may experience some frustration but they will also be gaining valuable skills in the process.


  • Students should not arrive to school prior to 7:00 a.m.—there is no adult coverage until that time and students can’t be left unsupervised.

  • As the weather gets warmer—please double check our dress code and remember that flip-flops are not an approved style of footwear for safety reasons, and we want our students active, running, playing and safe during recess.

  • Please call the office (744-3221) when your child is going to be absent or tardy. Again, for safety reasons, we want to know that all of our students are accounted for and safe.

  • If there is a change in your child’s daily dismissal routine, please send in a note or call the office in the morning.

Have a great weekend!