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Principal’s Message

PRINCIPAL’S PRINCIPLES, JANUARY 2020

 

Dear Gayton Families:

 

Happy New Year!  I hope you have enjoyed a relaxing break with your families and friends, and that you could celebrate your own religious traditions with a spirit of renewal.

 

The New Year is a natural time for personal resolutions, especially with regard to our children’s education. Please consider resolving to do the following consistently with your children in 2020.

  • Read together at least 3 times a week. Curl up with a good book or just read comics together.  This will model fluency and make reading fun.  Please see this link for helpful family literacy strategies.  https://www.readingrockets.org/article/family-literacy-tips-z
  • Help your child to learn addition/subtraction and/or multiplication/division facts. Automaticity will help with higher level math.  Make it fun.
  • Study with your child and help him/her to get organized nightly. These are skills that must be taught through modeling and routine.
  • Make sure your child gets to bed at a regular time. A good night’s sleep is critical for academic achievement.
  • Keep regular contact with your child’s teacher. Email or call if you have any concerns.  A home/school partnership should always be proactive to be beneficial.

 

Being a presence in your child’s school life is as much a long-term investment as it is immediate gratification for both of you.  Will you also commit to doing one or more of the following?

  • Join the PTA if you haven’t yet. Ask PTA how to get more involved with Gayton events, programs, and fundraisers.
  • Volunteer in your child’s classroom, in the cafeteria, or to chaperone a field trip.

As we begin a new calendar year, Gayton teachers and staff look forward to working together to continue what we have started, and to set new goals and objectives for this school year within the framework of our school mission of student centered learning.

Effective differentiation of instruction is our ongoing objective– providing appropriate support and challenge to all learners based on academic readiness, ability, interest, and learning profile.  Our teachers are doing an outstanding job leading every child to his or her next level of achievement.  Your partnership assists tremendously in this process.  Consistent home support helps to raise the bar for your individual child, while regular teacher/parent communication facilitates a working relationship.   Because helping your child to fully meet his or her full potential is indeed hard work, and at Gayton Elementary we consider it the most important job in the world.

I want to welcome our many new families to Gayton.  Should you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or me.  We are here to help and to partner with you and your child.

  • Please take the time to view our school website at https://gayton.henricoschools.us/
  • Your child’s teacher has a blog updated weekly to keep you informed and involved.  Please check it out regularly.
  • Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is critical to the support of our school (financial, volunteerism, school spirit).  Please join!  Our goal is always 100% PTA membership.   Please refer to the PTA website at http://gaytonpta.com/ .

All parents/guardians:

At the midyear point it is also a good time to review the HCPS Student Code of Conduct yourself and with your child.  We will also be reviewing at school.  Please pay special note to Acceptable Use of Technology and the Internet (p. 12.)

Please also familiarize yourself with HCPS Crisis Preparedness:  Parents and School Emergencies at http://henricoschools.us/pdf/HealthSafety/CrisisPreparedness.pdf .  This is a great resource with important information.  Please also note below that we will be having a Principal’s Coffee on the subject of school safety on January 24th from 8-9am.

 

We have several important dates in January.

1/6-24 Students in grades K,1st, and 2nd gifted evaluation window.  If you are interested in your child being referred, please submit your request in writing via email  jafisher@henrico.k12.va.us or paper to Miss Fisher by January 24, 2020. Please visit http://henricoschools.us/gifted/   to learn more about gifted programs in Henrico …

1/15 PTA Family Bingo Night, 6:30-7:30 PM.

1/20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday – School closed.

1/24   Principal’s Coffee, 8:00-9:00.  Our topic will be school safety.  We will share information on safety protocols and answer your questions.

1/27 Student Holiday / Teacher Clerical Day – No school for students today.

 

Thanks for your continued support of Gayton Elementary.  We look forward to a achieving a 2020 vision of success!

Sincerely,

Kirk Eggleston, Ed.D.

Principal  

 

 

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