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Dear Gilbert Heights Caregivers,

As we reach the midpoint of the academic year, I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for your ongoing support and involvement in our school community. Your commitment to your child’s education is invaluable and contributes significantly to their success. One of the cornerstones of academic achievement is the cultivation of good school habits. These habits form the foundation upon which students build their skills, knowledge, and character. As such, I am thrilled to share with you some reflections and updates on instilling these habits in our students.

Consistent Attendance:

Regular attendance is fundamental to a student’s progress. I’m delighted to see many of our students maintaining excellent attendance records. I encourage you to continue emphasizing the importance of punctuality and regular attendance, as it significantly impacts a child’s ability to engage fully in their learning journe

Effective Time Management:

Time management skills are crucial for success both inside and outside the classroom. Encouraging your child to prioritize tasks, manage deadlines, and allocate time wisely for study, extracurricular activities, and relaxation is pivotal for their overall well-being and academic performance.

Reading Routine:

Establishing a consistent routine that includes time reading and being read to plays a pivotal role in reinforcing classroom learning. Encourage your child to practice their reading, limit distractions, and adhere to a regular schedule. This practice not only enhances academic performance but also fosters self-discipline and responsibility.

Active Participation:

Actively engaging in classroom activities, discussions, and projects contributes significantly to a student’s holistic development. Encourage your child to participate actively in class, ask questions, seek clarification, and collaborate with peers. This engagement fosters critical thinking, communication skills, and confidence.

Open Communication:

Maintaining open lines of communication between home and school is paramount. Should you have any concerns or observations regarding your child’s academic progress or behavior, please do not hesitate to reach out to their teachers or our support staff. Collaboration between home and school is key to addressing challenges and fostering a supportive learning environment.

Celebrating Progress:

Celebrating achievements, no matter how big or small, is vital in motivating students to continue their efforts. Acknowledging their hard work, improvement, and dedication reinforces positive behavior and fosters a growth mindset.

I am immensely proud of the strides our students have made thus far, and I want to extend my appreciation to you for your role in nurturing these good school habits. Together, let’s continue to empower our students to embrace these habits, setting them on a path toward academic excellence and personal growth.

Thank you for your continued partnership.

In admiration,

Shannon Deems (she/her)

Principal, Gilbert Heights Elementary

David Douglas School District

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Gilbert Heights Elementary School Mission Statement
Gilbert Heights will provide meaningful, equitable and highly effective instruction so that each student will grow and thrive socially, emotionally and academically.  We will ensure this occurs in a safe, respectful and culturally responsive environment where all students, families and staff feel welcomed and supported. 

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