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Welcome Back from Ms. Harris-Macarthy
Welcome Back from Ms. Harris-Macarthy

August 12, 2016

Dear Livingston Elementary School Families:

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! I am excited to continue our work together as a partner in your child’s education. You are the most important and first teacher in your child’s life. A productive and positive partnership is essential as we work together to help your child become smarter, stronger and successful as they grow into adulthood. As we continue to strengthen our school program we welcome several new staff members to our team this year. We also congratulate our newest member of the administration team, Mrs. Pettigrew, who will be the Leadership Intern at Livingston this year. Before school begins this year, we will be holding a Back to School meet and greet social on August 22, 2016 from 4:00-5:30. We invite all of our families to come out to celebrate the opening of school with usJ.

This year, Livingston will continue to partner with City Year! City Year is an organization that works with our school to strengthen our students’ reading, math and social emotional skills. You will see Core Team Members working with our students in grades 3-6. Core members will be visible in classrooms, hallways, on the playground and in the cafeteria supporting students in a variety of ways.

Along with City Year, our partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital continues to thrive providing health care support to our Livingston families. This year we will continue to have a nurse practitioner work with our school nurse two ½ days a week. This practitioner can help with immunizations and write prescriptions for many common illnesses. Make certain that you complete the necessary paperwork for this support when we send it home during the first week of school.

The Livingston team members have been hard at work preparing for the first day of school. We would like to provide you with the following tips to support your student’s transition back to the classroom:

Establish a routine during these last couple of weeks of summer vacation that mirror school routine. Summer is usually a time when there is less structure to children’s days. Help your child adjust to the structure of school by planning morning activities that help children wake up early each day. This routine will make it easier for students to adjust to waking up on time for school and being present for learning at 9:00 a.m. Students should arrive to school by 8:30 a.m. for breakfast and be prepared to learn at 9:00 a.m. Every minute counts when it comes to being successful in school.

Take your child with you when shopping for school supplies. Children, who get to choose their supplies, may be more excited about returning to school and value their materials more, than if they were provided to them without a choice. Keep a few special items at home for homeworkJ.

Assign reading activities for your child and or read with your child. Children reading during the summer and in the weeks before school helps to keep their minds sharp and ready for the new learning that is approaching.

Find extracurricular activities for your child to participate in. Learning happens everywhere. Extracurricular activities allow for students to practice cooperation, make lasting friends, and excel in ways that they might not have an opportunity to do so in the structures of the classroom.

The media covered the demands of the third grade reading guarantee heavily this summer. The expectations for our students’ learning are increasing. It is essential that parents work with their child’s school as partners in helping children to meet these high learning expectations. Our district website, is a good resource for parents to gather additional information on the standards taught as well as resources that may be helpful to you as you work with your child and your child’s teacher.

As you prepare for the first week of school we would like to share a few basic reminders:

Breakfast is served daily at 8:30 a.m. While we realize that there may be unexpected circumstances that take place where children are late to school, breakfast will not be served after 9:30 a.m. The instructional day begins at 9:00 a.m. The rigorous curriculum placed on students demands that they arrive on time for school and ready to learn each day. This is the number one way that you can support your child’s success in school.

School dismissal is at 3:30 p.m. Our goal is to continue with the staggered dismissal system this year to ensure that all students are released in a safe and orderly manner by 3:30 p.m. Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten students will continue to be dismissed from their classroom door. This is a very busy time of day and your support is needed and greatly appreciated. We ask that all students remain in school until dismissal. If students must be signed out of school early, please know that early sign out will become a part of your students’ attendance record. We encourage all parents to use early sign out for special reasons such as doctor appointments etc. or emergencies. No child will be permitted to be signed out after 3:00 p.m.

All of our students have a right and responsibility to learn the skills required to be rigorous thinkers, problem solvers, and citizens of the world who are socially responsible. We thank you in advance for being a powerful advocates and strong supporter of your students and Livingston Elementary School. We are looking forward to a successful year with our PROUD LIVINGSTON LIONS!


Ms. Stacy Harris-Macarthy