Once again, I want to thank you for your participation in your children’s activities. We had strong parental engagement for many of our events, including a special Thanksgiving lunch, Character Day, Carnival Day, Parent Night and our educational field trips. Without you, these events would not be possible.
Varnett’s partnership with parents inside and outside of school will go a long way toward the betterment of your children’s education. I anticipate the same level of involvement as we progress through the school year.
So far, this year has proven to be productive and rewarding. I am particularly proud of our students who brought canned goods and other items to school to be delivered to those in need. Our students helped ensure that disadvantaged families and children had something to eat over the Thanksgiving weekend. School is more than about reading and math, which we take very seriously. We strive to give our students an outlet to show their generosity and demonstrate a sense of social responsibility by assisting families who may be less fortunate than they are. This spirit of giving and sharing is what this holiday season is all about.
On another subject, I want to thank you for bringing your children to school by our 8 a.m. starting time so they can benefit from a full educational experience and not disrupt others already in the classroom. We appreciate your promptness. However, I want to remind you that classes don’t end until 3 p.m. and we strongly discourage parents from taking their children out of the classroom before that time.
I also want to emphasize that the designated school uniforms for your children are required at Varnett. At the beginning of each school year, we realize that you may need to order the uniform or that the Parker Uniform Store may have your children’s size on back order. Therefore, we delayed enforcing our uniform policy until the end of September if your child started school in late August. We also gave students time to acquire their uniforms if they started school at a later date.
Unfortunately, many parents this year failed to adhere to our uniform policy. We will continue to call parents/guardians to pick up their children from school or ask them to bring the uniform to school each time their children are not wearing the proper uniform. We appreciate and thank the parents/guardians who have complied with our uniform policy.
I hope you are enjoying our monthly campus newsletters that recap activities from the previous month and outline projects and goals for the upcoming month. We feel this is a great way to keep you informed about the education of your children and allow you to plan for upcoming events. We also will post the monthly newsletters in English and Spanish at varnett.org.
Remember, we will have a Christmas celebration later this month and will start the winter break on Friday, December 20, with early dismissal. Classes resume for students on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
We wish you a happy and safe holiday season and thank you for making The Varnett Public School your school of choice.
Dr. M. Annette Cluff, Superintendent