Dear Horace Mann Community,
One School, One Book...and a Forward Look
After a week of mysterious clues on the news and around our school, the book our entire school will read together has been revealed: The World According to Humphrey, written by Betty Birney. The pep rally was beyond exciting (featuring the St. Ed’s Trash Talkers group, the LHS cheerleaders and Ranger Man and a costumed “hamster” jumping out of a box to surprise the Horace Mann and Grant Elementary students. We also have a pet hamster now, who will take turns spending time in all of our classrooms, reminding students to read, read, read :-)
We look forward to almost an entire month of the power—and fun—of reading this book together. There will be daily prizes awarded for reading at home the night before, and a variety of special activities throughout the weeks ahead. Many guest readers (including our Superintendent Mr. Patterson and several Board of Education members) have signed up to read to classrooms during this celebration of reading, and it will be terrific to hear their reading voices! Through these activities, we hope to foster the joy of reading leading into summer for all of our students.
Speaking of summer, three Lakewood Public Librarians will be making classroom visits to our school in May to sign all of our students up for their popular summer reading program. I encourage all parents to take advantage of our award-winning local library with your children in the off-school months.
Finally, please take a few moments to review the results of the parent survey on the last page of this newsletter. As I move into my fourth year as principal of Horace Mann in 2016-17, I am committed to continuing to improve the school we share through open, honest communication and working together on what matters.
Gandhi said, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Thank you for doing all the small (and large) things you do for and with your child—and with us at Horace Mann—that make our piece of the world a better place for all. I truly am grateful to serve as your principal, and see many amazing things ahead for us next year...and beyond!
Dr. Merritt F. Waters