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Principal Snider's Message
February 2018
Michael Snider

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.
Maori Proverb

There’s one good thing about snow.  It makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbor’s.
Clyde Moore

This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.
Phil Connors
 
Dear Parent / Guardian:

Happy Groundhog Day (February 2nd).  As of this writing, I don’t know the outcome of Punxsutawney Phil’s prognostication about winter.  Will we have six more weeks of cold?  Only the psychic rodent knows for sure.

The Flu
Enclosed is a two-page handout called The Flu:  A Guide for Parents.  The flu has been in the news across the country and it is always important to be as careful as possible.  If you have any questions about the flu or flu-related symptoms, we encourage you to contact your family physician or pediatrician immediately.

February 16th – ½ day dismissal and afternoon parent-teacher conferences
We will have an 11:00 am dismissal on Friday, February 16th so that we may conduct a limited number of parent-teacher conferences during the afternoon.  Classroom teachers will be contacting individual parents or guardians about scheduling times on Friday, February 16th.

Winter Recess
School will be closed February 19 – 23 for winter recess.

Attendance Letters
I will be sending home an attendance letter next week for any student who has exceeded our attendance threshold for two marking periods.  Consistent school attendance is a primary indicator of school success.  My letters focus on the total number of absences and total number of tardies.  If you receive one of these letters, please don’t hesitate to call or visit if you have any questions.

As always, please don’t hesitate to call or visit if you have questions, concerns, or would just like to chat about education.
Sincerely,

Mike Snider
Principal 

Upcoming Events for February and March
February
2 Groundhog Day
PTA-sponsored Townsend Talent Show – 6:00 pm

4 Super Bowl 52

8 Awards Assemblies – kindergarten through fifth grade

9 Friday Fun Night – Grades K – 2, 6:30 – 8:00 pm – volunteers needed

14 – 15 Jump Rope for Heart, money is due by the 14th

15 Kindergarten Registration begins

16 ½ day – Dismissal at 11:00 pm
Afternoon Parent-Teacher Conferences - Classroom teachers will be contacting individual
parents or guardians about scheduling times on Friday, February 16th.

19 – 23 NO SCHOOL – Winter Recess

March
1 Internet Security Assemblies – K -2 and 3 - 5

2 Dr. Seuss Day

8 Friday Fun Night, Grades 3 – 5, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

11 Daylight Savings Time Starts

14 – 16 PTA Book Fair

16 PTA-sponsored Townsend Science Fair

23 Friday Fun Night, Grades K – 2, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

26 – Apr 2 NO SCHOOL – Spring Break
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