Happy New Year! This first week back at school has been filled with lots of twists and turns with the negotiations between LAUSD and UTLA. Hopefully it will be resolved quickly. At this time, the teachers’ strike will begin on Monday, but I am still hopeful that the parties will come to terms. In the meantime, parents have asked, “How do I explain this to my child?” This is an opportunity to explain to students that this is the heart of American democracy and workers’ rights. We are fortunate to live in a country that allows people to voice their opinions and dissatisfaction and try to make things better. Our students can understand that teachers are passionate about finding ways to improve education for all children in LAUSD.
Onto more exciting stuff! Our kindergartners were very busy in music class learning how to read notes, making fruit salad music with boom-whackers, and identifying the musical scale with points on their body! In science, our second graders were learning about force, axis and balance as they explored and designed spinners using straws and discs. Ask your second grader what he/she did to make the spinner work. In addition, at our school assembly, students with perfect attendance for December were awarded their tags and our Lexia students were provided their certificates!
I know 2019 is going to be a great year. On Monday, I visited every classroom to say welcome back to all our students. In a first-grade class, as we were talking about their holidays and how nice it is to be back at school; one boy said, “I love school. It’s like a big playdate!” That’s the energy and enthusiasm that our students have and why the teachers and staff love Lanai.
Please join me in sending lots of good energy to the folks who have important decisions to make.
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