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Welcome to Willow Elementary School!

As you know, our newly adopted mission at Willow Elementary School is to provide a rigorous, well-rounded program, which affords students an opportunity to reach their highest potential. At the core, Willow is committed to educating children through building cooperative and interdependent relationships, promoting positive self-esteem, modeling high standards and expectations, fostering effective communication and collaboration, providing relevant learning experiences, encouraging community and global outreach, and preparing students to become intelligent, concerned and caring citizens of today, working for a better tomorrow.

In the new year ahead, we will push educational experiences outside the walls of the classroom. Student learning will include not only academic skills, but also those skills needed to successfully navigate our 21st century world. Innovation, leadership, critical inquiry, technology, media literacy, global awareness, health literacy, arts, cross-cultural understanding, and self-reliance are all skills critical in the development of the whole child. We do not accept that children are intended to be passive learners, but rather should be fully engaged in relevant exchanges on a continuous basis. At the end of the day, a Willow student can ask, "What did I do today to improve, myself, my community or the world?" To which, an authentic, personal and meaningful answer would follow.

To these ends, our staff is committed to learning and growing as educational professionals, caring partners, and artful innovators.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jessica L. Kiernan
Principal

Greetings Willow Families!                                                                  November 2013

 

Exercise directly impacts the behavior and development of the brain. There is a myriad of research to suggest that students need adequate amounts of physical activity throughout the day; such activity may positively effect mood and academic performance as well as prevent obesity and obesity-related issues. “It is likely that the effects of physical activity on cognition would be particularly important in the highly plastic developing brains of youth,” according to a 2010 essay penned by Charles Basch of Columbia University. With this in mind, we will begin providing an option for morning play four days per week, following our fall break. While the number of minutes weekly may not be significant, they may provide participating students the opportunity to get their blood flowing, allowing for more oxygen to the brain. See below for expectations for this play period.

Willow Morning Play Procedures for Grades 1-5

(Monday through Thursday)

Timing

  • Students will be taught playground procedures prior to Morning Play’s start.
  • Students can arrive at school no earlier than 8:00 am.
  • Student play begins at 8:00 am, when the first campus supervisor arrives.
  • Student play ends at 8:10 am, when the first school bell rings.
  • Students line up promptly following the first school bell. 
  • Teachers walk students to classrooms between 8:10 am and 8:15 am.


Students

  • While students are at play, they are expected to follow the same rules and procedures as those required during regular recess periods.
  • Courts will be designated to grade range groups.
  • Outstanding sportsmanship is expected at all times.
  • Students may participate in the Morning Walking Club on the designated field area, as soccer will not be part of morning play.


Parents/guardians

  • Parents/guardians are expected not to approach campus supervisors/”teachers on duty” or interfere in any student games or activities during this period.
  • Parents/guardians (and students not attending Willow) who wish to stay, may do so, but for safety reasons, are limited to the grassy area in front of the school media center.
  • Parents are welcome to join students at line up on Fridays for our Spirit Assemblies.  
Willow Elementary School Campus Safety Reminders

As you know, your partnership in maintaining a mutually supportive and respectful school environment is essential. To continue to do this, knowledge and support of the following are fundamental.

During School Visiting Procedures
  • For safety and security reasons, all visitors and volunteers must sign-in and receive a visitor's sticker at the office before going to the classroom of destination. (Visitors may be asked for identification).
  • Any classroom volunteer period must also be cleared and calendared with a child's classroom teacher.
  • There should be no visitor or volunteer roaming the campus at any time. Each volunteer on campus is to be under direct supervision of the classroom teacher.
  • At the end of the day when picking up your child, please help us by not approaching the classroom building until after the bell rings. This will prevent distracting the children from instruction when they see adults congregating outside of the classroom.
  • In order to prevent supervision problems, parents/visitors will not be allowed on the playground while children are at recess. Campus supervisors must maintain focus on Willow students.
  • It is also important to refrain from approaching a child who is not your own.
  • Please also keep in mind that parent and visitor interactions should serve as positive models for Willow students.

Before and After School Guidelines
  • Please help us maintain a safe campus by reminding your children that there is no supervision before or after school.
  • The morning bell rings at 8:10 a.m. and students' instructional time starts at 8:15 a.m., therefore please do not send your children to school before 8:00 a.m.
  • All students who do not go to the YMCA should be picked up or go straight home after school and should not loiter on campus after dismissal.
  • During drop-off and pick-up times, be sure your student and their siblings are not climbing on tables or walls, and are keeping noise levels to a minimum as other classes may still be in session.
  • During the 31 Minute Club period, parents are responsible for full supervision of their own younger children unless those children are formally enrolled in the 31 Minute Club.
We at Willow appreciate your continued partnership in your adherence to these important processes designed for the welfare of all Willow students, parents and staff. Thank you!
Be honest "· Don't deceive, cheat, or steal "· Be reliable - do what you say you'll do "· Have the courage to do the right thing "· Build a good reputation "· Be loyal - stand by your family, friends, and country

Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule "· Be tolerant and accepting of differences "· Use good manners, not bad language "· Be considerate of the feelings of others "· Don't threaten, hit or hurt anyone "· Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements

Do what you are supposed to do "· Plan ahead "· Persevere: keep on trying! "· Always do your best "· Use self-control "· Be self-disciplined "· Think before you act - consider the consequences "· Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes "· Set a good example for others

Play by the rules "· Take turns and share "· Be open-minded; listen to others "· Don't take advantage of others "· Don't blame others carelessly "· Treat all people fairly

Be kind "· Be compassionate and show you care "· Express gratitude "· Forgive others "· Help people in need

Do your share to make your school and community better "· Cooperate "· Get involved in community affairs "· Stay informed; vote "· Be a good neighbor "· Obey laws and rules "· Respect authority "· Protect the environment "· Volunteer

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To report absences, please call 818-889-0677 ext. 224. Please use this number to report absences whenever your child will be out of school for the day.  If your child has a medical appointment, please be sure you bring a doctor's note to the school office.

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