Principal's Message



PRINCIPALLY SPEAKING



Dear Parents,

 

SRINGING into the fourth quarter…

 

Hard to believe the school year is in winding down and classes are becoming less structured on lessons and more focused on end-of-the-year activities such as Field Day, Boosterthon and Evening of the Arts. This time can be very exciting and fun; however, it may also feel chaotic, unpredictable, and even sad for some children; children who are uncomfortable with change, children who have had a very successful school year and may anticipate a new school year with upsets, and children who may be switching schools for varying reasons. As we transition into our final seven weeks of school, remember to keep those lines of communication open between your child, the teacher and yourself.

 

We feel confident in our staff for next year and look forward to revealing your child’s teacher for next year on the fourth quarter report card on the final day of school. A friendly reminder, we don’t have a “teacher request” system at Lookout Mountain. Your child’s current teacher assists in placement. We trust that all of our teachers are qualified professionals. We work hard to develop balanced classrooms.

 

 

Thank you for your continuous support.

 

Tricia Johnson, principal

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Dear Parents,

It’s almost that time again – standardized testing is right around the corner. We will be administering AzMERIT for grades 3-6 starting on March 28.  You play an important part in helping students give their best performance on this important test.  As you know, we have been busy preparing and reinforcing the skills necessary for students to demonstrate their learning.  Even though this assessment is a snapshot – one single perspective – it is important that our students have every advantage to do their very best.  We don’t want to cause test anxiety, rather we want our students to be as prepared as possible.  There are many ways in which you can help your child put his or her best foot forward.  The following guidelines can help set our students up for success:

 

The night before the test:

1. Make sure your child goes to bed on time so he or she is well-rested.

2. Keep your routine as normal as possible.  Upsetting natural routines may make children feel insecure.

3. Be positive and confident in the fact that you know your child will do his or her best.

4. Plan ahead to avoid conflicts on the morning of the test.

 

The morning of the test:

1. Get up a few minutes early to avoid rushing and make sure your child arrives at school on time.

2. Have your child eat a nutritious breakfast. There is a strong correlation between eating breakfast and                     memory and cognitive functioning.

3. Have your child dress comfortably.

4. Be positive and communicate that this is your child’s chance to show what he or she knows. The most                     important thing you can do right before the test is to build confidence about doing his or her very best.

 

After the test:

1. Talk to your child about his or her feelings about the test.

2. Discuss what was easy and what was hard; discuss what your child learned from the test.

3. Explain that performance on a test does not define him or her as a person.  It is just one opportunity to                 demonstrate learning.

 

Thank you for your continued support and involvement in your child’s education.

 

Tricia Johnson, principal

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February 1, 2017

Dear Parents,

 

There has been an increase in traffic due to the cooler weather.  It is also a little harder to get up when it is still dark outside and oh, so toasty in our warm beds.  As such, we are experiencing an influx of morning tardies.  The ebb and flow of our drive-through line and crossing sections are critical to those few minutes of on-time arrival.  So please do not wait until the last minute.  Please leave your homes a few minutes earlier to alleviate the additional stress put on you and your child. We open our gates as early as 7:45 a.m.

 

The first bell rings at 8:10 a.m.  This is the start of the school day.  Teachers arrive at that time to greet children and walk them to class for breakfast.  The tardy bell rings at 8:15 a.m.  At that time, we close the gate and children must walk through the front office for a tardy pass. 

 

I know how stressful the morning commute can be.  I drive each morning to school from Peoria.  Unfortunately, being late or in a rush causes stress.  No one like to start his or her day with yelling and running up the sidewalk.  Help us assure a peaceful and enjoyable start to the day by arriving on time.

 

Sincerely,

 

Tricia H. Johnson, principal

 

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Lookout Mountain Friends,

The week of February 6th is Parent Teacher Conference week. We look forward to meeting with everyone and sharing your child's progress. 

EARLY RELEASE - 1:45 P.M. pick up on:

  • Wed.  Feb. 8th
  • Thursday, Feb. 9th
  • Friday, Feb. 10th 

 After school Class -  Due to conferences there will be no after school classes next week.  We will resume with our classes the following week, Feb. 13th . There are no classes on holidays or during spring break either.  Monday classes end on April 24th, Tuesday classes end on April 18th, and Thursday classes end on April 20th.  

Tricia Johnson

Principal 

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RISE and SHINE!

Lookout Mt. Friends,

 

It is dark and cold each morning and the traffic can be awful as there are more drivers on the road. Please set your alarms 15 minutes earlier. We had 47 tardies this morning! Our gate opens at 7:45 each morning. The bell rings at 8:10. Teachers arrive on the playground to welcome the children and take them to their classrooms for breakfast. At 8:15 the tardy bell rings and we close the gate. 

Our entire policy is outlined in the handbook and is also online. 

We want you to arrive safely and on time each morning!

Tricia H. Johnson

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 Dear Parents, 

Happy New Year! As we embark on the second half of the school year, I need to gently remind everyone that it is dark in the morning and many of our children are walking or riding their bikes or scooters to school. Our crossing guards clock in at 7:30 a.m. and are at the corner around 7:35 a.m. We open the school gate at 7:45 a.m. There is NO supervision until 7:45 a.m. Please help us keep our students safe by staying off your cell phone and observing all school parking lot procedures. Safety is key to the start of a great school day! Tricia Johnson

Tricia Johnson

 



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