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Head's Corner, February 12, 2015
Greetings CMS Families,
I hope that you enjoyed the extended weekend. In my last Head’s Corner, I wrote about the beauty of snow days and how we all need to take full advantage of them. Well, six snow days later; I think we are all set. I am thankful for the uninterrupted work cycle that has allowed my staff and me to reflect, rejuvenate and continue preparing an exceptional educational environment for your children. It is amazing how much you can accomplish during the day with no interruptions. We have finalized the plans for Montessori Week which occurs the last week of February, we have also planned the State of School scheduled for March 3 and are gearing up for the next Strategic Vision and Re-Accreditation processes.
In addition to all of that planning, amazing teaching and learning is still occurring and great events such as “My Primary Student and Me” and the Lower Elementary Breakfast are happening weekly. Although we are not required to make-up snow days, the reality is that children are missing key instructional time and continuity in the classroom. I have asked CMS teachers, administrators and parents to share ideas about “making up” snow days. After careful consideration, we have decided the following:
Friday, March 20th- was originally scheduled as a conference day but will now be a half school day with dismissal at noon. Passport will be available in the afternoon. Conferences will be scheduled on March 6 and in the afternoon on March 20.
Tuesday, May 12- was originally schedules as a half day for Professional Development but will now be a full school day. Professional development will take place in weekly staff and or full faculty and staff meetings.
Last day of school will now be Thursday, June 11 with a 12 Noon dismissal after the Moving On and Moving Up Ceremony. Wednesday, June 10th will be a full day of school.
I recognize that this decision will not please everyone. However, it was the best solution for the majority of the community and for student learning. We are a community that prides itself on doing what is in the best interest of children. While we cannot predict any future snowstorms, we have done our best to “make-up” with the time we have remaining. Our students and faculty work hard every day. We want them to enjoy April vacation, and if applicable observe Good Friday. Thank you for your cooperation. We wish you and your family a happy, healthy and storm free February vacation!