Dear Norwood-Fontbonne Community,
With the passing of Labor Day weekend, we mark the unofficial end of summer. While the temperatures remain very warm, the first falling leaves betray the start of Autumn.
Just as no two children are alike, neither are any two first days of school. You and your child may approach the first day of school with any number of mixed emotions. Excitement, anxiety, enthusiasm, and anticipation are all expected responses.
I encourage you all to be present in this moment and allow everyone in the family time to adjust. Settling back into stricter schedules and morning routines will take time and patience. The start of a new year also presents a great opportunity to establish new routines and positive habits. A few include concentrating on having regular family meal time, limiting screen time, especially in the evening to ensure restful sleep, and establishing the best quiet work space at home for every member of the family. I also encourage to engage in conversation with your kids about their day at school and try to use open ended but specific questions to illicit a real conversation. The two sites below are some good resources for the new year.
For me the most important New Year’s celebration doesn’t come in January, but with the start of the new school year. For me nothing marks joyful opportunity like a crisp, blank notebook, a sharp box of pencils, the smell of wax crayons, and the shine on a new pair of shoes. As educators, we all get to live that excitement through the eyes of children every day, but most of all at the start of a fresh school year. I can say I have had many first days of school, probably more than I might like to count, and without fail, I always learn something new.
As we embark on a new school year, all of us at NFA are here to be of assistance and thank you for the trust and investment you have placed in our school. I know that all of our staff join me in gratitude and please know that we want this to be a fantastic year of growth, learning and creativity for all of our children.
Blessings and peace,
Ryan Killeen, Ed.D.