**PRINCI
PAL’S MESSAGE**

Administrators and teachers everywhere reco gnize the important contributions parents and guardians make toward a chil d’s success in school. There is no question about it – success at school begins at home. Parents and guardians are the single most important varia ble in a child’s schooling. Parents model both a silent and spoken langua ge in front of their children daily.

\nFarmington River Element ary has a strong tradition of supportive\, hard-working parents/guardians. Throughout the year parents have the opportunity to develop that partner ship in a wide variety of ways. Parents join the PTA\, volunteer in the c lassroom\, attend School Council meetings\, read to their children and hel p in many other ways. It is important to your child that you are involved in some way at school. It’s a way to let your child know you think his o r her school is important.

\nAs we begin a new school year\, we find teachers establishing school standards and rules. In the most succe ssful classrooms\, teachers have established specific routines for the chi ldren to follow. This means giving the children a specific place to find and keep materials\, a set schedule for classroom instruction\, etc. These routines\, blended with the teacher’s consistent standards\, form a smoot h running classroom where the children have the security of understanding their environment and are reinforced positively for their contributions.\n

At home\, it is also important to provide routines. Many famil ies build a daily “quiet time” when the television is turned off. This qu iet time provides students the opportunity for completing schoolwork or fo r recreational reading if there is no homework. During this quiet time a suitable place\, somewhat free of other distractions\, should be available . The routine of a daily quiet time provides an opportunity to develop se lf-discipline\, stimulate imagination\, and enhance reading skills.

\nAs families establish routines for the new school year\, it is hel pful to keep in mind that childhood is a special time of learning\, explor ation and growth. Children need to be provided free time to explore their world and experience the joy of discovery.

\nHopefully we can p rovide time for our children to be children. The realities of the adult w orld will be there all too soon. As children grow and learn\, they find jo y and satisfaction in working closely with their families toward a common goal. Such is the case with the students at FRES. Commitment to the best for our children on the part of parents\, guardians\, students and staff i s the key to our success with the children we teach. It is the hope of th e staff that all parents and guardians will help us fulfill this commitmen t to excellence on behalf of ALL children at FRES.

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