Welcome Back!
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 10:00 AM

Dear Justice Page Community,

Is it really that time of year already? I literally feel like I blinked and summer slipped away. That comes with a mixture of feelings for me. There’s excitement and nervousness! On day one, all of our summer planning comes to life. Can I tell you how nerve-wracking that is? We have the responsibility for the well-being and safety of about 850 students and one minor mistake can put a wrinkle in our whole plan. So, we work hard at putting the pieces together, rely on others to help us look for potential problems, and then we hold our breath that it all works that first day.  AND IT WILL!

We go into this not wanting to let anyone down. Not a staff member, not a parent and most importantly, not a child. They count on us each and every day. YOU count on us each and every day to ensure that your child is well cared for, safe, and educated. I promise you that is what we all strive to do each day.

But, we aren’t perfect.

We are human.

We make mistakes.

We have bad days.

So, as we start this school year and you send us your child each day please know a few things about our teachers and staff:

1. One of our priorities is the safety of your child. So, we will probably inconvenience you by asking you to check in, drop-off and pick up in specific areas, and maybe even question your whereabouts in the building. We do this because we care about your child.

2. We care very much for your child’s social and emotional well-being. With that being said, your child may come home upset, crying or feeling confused about their day. It wasn’t intentional, but if you communicate with us we will adjust and do what we can to ensure that next day and every day after is a smile. We do this because we care about your child.

3. Be patient--we make mistakes. We forget to send homework home, forget to send an email to tell you about the day, misplace that attendance note, or maybe didn’t follow up on something we promised. Remind us and we will remind you when you need it. It’s not intentional, but it happens to all of us. Please do this for us because we really do care about your child.

4. We want to be a team. Sometimes that means we may disagree or even be a bit upset with each other. Let’s work through it and work together because we both want what is best for your child and OUR relationship is key. Please remember this because we care about your child.

5. Please believe 50% of what your child tells you and we will believe 50% of what they tell us. Rather than assume, let’s ask each other questions and work through issues or concerns together if they arise AS A TEAM. We need to do this because we BOTH care about your child.

6. Please remember our staff members have families and lives outside of school, but none of us turn off work. We are always reflecting and thinking about ways that we can improve to meet the needs of all kids. However, we may need 24 hours to get back to you when you reach out. We will get back to you because we care about your child.

7. Your child is important to us and we need your support. We will support you in return because we care about your child.

It’s the beginning of a new year. This might be the first child you send to us or it might be your last, but I promise you our teachers will care for them. I ask you to trust us; but if that trust wavers, I ask that you take the time to work with us. It wasn’t intentional and we will do whatever we can to work as a team to nurture, support and educate your child like they are our own.

This year might bring you anxiety, nerves and worry. We have the same feelings, but if we take the time to remember that we both want what is best for your child we can get through it together! If you remember one thing from this letter, remember that our teachers and staff put forth an incredible amount of time (sometimes sacrificing their own family) thinking about YOUR child because they truly care.

Looking forward to a great year.

The Justice Page Administrative Team