Encourage On & Happy New Year!

Terry HarnessNine tenths of education is encouragement.
~ Anatole France

Someone once wrote, “She believed she could, so she did.” Seems so simple. If someone says they believe you can do something (and you accept that encouragement), then surely you can do it, right? Conversely, if you are told you’ll never do it (and you believe that), you may give up before even trying. That’s the power of words. A few words can make such an impact. Ironically, it’s not always easy to give or receive encouragement when we need it most. So, it’s important to be an encouraging voice at all times, whether we feel inspired or feel discouraged. Giving and receiving encouragement is a big part of our own success and the success of our students.

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break! We begin each New Year with an attempt at resolutions that we hope we will commit to throughout the entire year. If you are like me, it can be hit or miss despite truly wanting it to happen but that doesn’t mean we don’t still try!

This year I am going to ask you to help SPARK out by continuing to work with us on the following:

  • Attendance – Student attendance is VERY important. At SPARK we strive to have every student in school 96% of the school year. Ask yourself, how many total days has my child missed? Keep in mind that our teachers work very hard and when a student is absent, our teachers have to work even harder to catch that student up with the instruction and the work that was missed.
  • Student Tardiness – Does student tardiness negatively impact what they learn throughout the day? YES! Imagine what it is like to start your day behind your peers and attempting to play catch up. It is tough for us as adults and the same goes for our kids. Tardiness is even more impactful if a student is tardy for an excessive amount of days or longer periods of time. There longer amount of time out of class (5 minutes, 10 minutes, 30 minutes) the greater the negative impact.
  • Early Checkout – Similar to tardiness, if a student is checked out early in the afternoon, they are missing instructional time. The earlier a student is checked out, the more instructional time they may miss.
  • Trust – Trust your kid’s teachers. Teachers work very hard and they will continue to do so. If you have questions about your kid’s performance, reach out to his/her teacher first. This is very important to the overall success of your kids.
  • Volunteer – We know you work. We know you are busy. If you can volunteer any time, we will take it. We believe that your participation in your child’s progress is crucial and we love when you are able to volunteer some time to support us at SPARK.

I know you can do it!

Again, I hope you had a wonderful break. It is going to be a great 2019 at SPARK!! As always, thank you for everything you do!

Terry Harness