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Friday, December 14, 2018

Morning Routine at West

Routines are important: Every morning our library is open at 08:00 for students to do quiet work. This is a good time to catch up on reading or maybe some school-work that may not have gotten the attention that it should have before coming to school. No pre-registration is required for the “library before school.” The front-lawn of the school is supervised every morning beginning at 08:20. Students usually make good use of the 08:20 - 08:35 (first bell) time by socializing and getting in some early morning running and playing. This is a good way for this age (8-10) to start their day. At 08:35 the first bell rings and the students make their way into the building. Most mornings there are several staff members just inside the door waiting to greet them as they enter the building. Between 08:35 and 08:45, students visit their lockers and sort through any papers or work that needs to be turned in. This 10-minute “get settled time” is important to most students as they get organized, perhaps visit with fellow students, and see what their teachers have on the schedule for the day. If a student arrives late, this adjustment time is missed and may have a negative impact on the child’s morning. Routines are a safe foundation for most students. If you find that you are having a difficult time getting your child out of the door in the morning, please give me a call and we can talk about some strategies that may make a difference. David Rongey, Principal