Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Keith Keiper
Hello Lemon Crest Families,
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful summer. I also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.
Last year Lemon Crest Elementary School made great gains, and this year we will continue to grow both social emotionally and academically. This year we will continue to focus on the four core beliefs of Responsive Classroom, and target the skills all students’ need to be academically and social emotionally prepared.
We will also continue to implement Peaceful Playgrounds during our morning and lunch recess periods. This approach creates opportunities for many choices of organized play, including adult led black top games. It also gives students opportunities to participate in learning and playing supervised team sports, such as kick ball, soccer, and basketball. This system provides choice for all, shortens waiting times for games, and decreases student frustration, confrontation, and altercations.
Also, please remember that the first six weeks of school are intended to set a tone, establish routines, and create a foundation for the rest of the school year. It is imperative that we all work together to send the same message to your children. Without this, the systems we build can not be sustained. Included throughout this year’s newsletters will be links to articles and videos that can be used as tools to build and support the home/school partnership.
Last, this year we will be focusing on improving student attendance. Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, and have a better chance of graduating from high school.
When students are absent or tardy for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community and develop important social skills and friendships, setting them up for a strong future. But when kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact. These absences can affect kids as early as Kindergarten.
As I said before, I am so excited to begin this school year! With a new year comes endless possibilities and opportunities to create a community that cares deeply about each other. Thank you for all that you do to build that school community, it is greatly appreciated!
Here’s to a great year!!!!