It’s hard to believe that we are completing our fifth week of school already! Traveling through our classrooms to join your children as they enthusiastically engage in a range of learning experiences has provided me meaningful opportunities to make even stronger connections with them. This Thursday, October 5, our superintendent, David Fleishman, joined me in visiting a few of our classrooms. He thoroughly enjoyed getting to see some of our kindergarten and first grade students during literacy, practicing skills such as handwriting, choosing a just right book, and reading with a partner.
This week has been Newton’s Walk/Bus/Bike to School Week, with this Wednesday, October 4 being International Walk to School Day. Watching students excitement as they walked to school with their family, biked to school with a classmate, or got off the bus sharing a conversation with a friend showcased our community’s active involvement in this important, eco-friendly initiative. In our classrooms students have been coloring/designing leaves to represent their participation in this experience. Thank you Barbara Nestle for organizing this incredible week, as well as all of the volunteers who helped to make it a success. May we continue to use these mindful methods of transportation to school as we move forward through our school year.
This upcoming Tuesday, October 10, our entire school will participate in the 13th annual Jordan Bennett Weiss Walk for Health. Jordan was a fourth grader at Mason-Rice when he died from complications related to undiagnosed type 1 diabetes in 2003. Since this time, the Jordan Bennett Weiss Fund has raised money to educate families about the warning signs of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. A handout of these warning signs will go home with children this Tuesday as well. Please familiarize yourself with this important information. The fund also provides camp scholarships for current Mason-Rice students and college scholarships for high school graduates who attended Mason-Rice. Please be certain that your children are dressed appropriately for the weather given this is an all weather event unless the rainfall is heavy. We will walk around Crystal Lake together as a school. The JBW Walk for Health is truly one of the most memorable days of every school year. Many students and teachers have shared with me how much they enjoy participating in this walk. This is a great opportunity for us to unite around such a worthy cause as an entire school community and I am thrilled to be taking part for the first time.
Lastly, I know that our PTO has reached out already this year reiterating how important it is for all of us to follow all Blue Zone rules. This is extremely important because we all must take part in ensuring the safety of everyone in our Mason-Rice community. I have been in communication with our school’s police officer, Andy Umina, about this and he will be sending some officers randomly in the coming weeks to help support and enforce these rules.
I wish you all a wonderful three-day weekend.