Welcome to the 2016-17 school year at Horace Mann! We’re happy to have about 300 students in Preschool through Grade 5 this year. As your principal, I am honored to serve this neighborhood and am very interested to experience this school year with you and your children. I can only imagine all the things we will learn and enjoy together...
As the end of August arrived, there was so much activity at our school. The character development theme for the month of August was Off to a Good Beginning, and there is no doubt that we are! With new family orientation, kindergarten screening and Meet the Teacher Nights, we’ve been actively preparing for this year. A big thank you to staff members who came back to Horace Mann well before their first work day to get everything ready, and to families who attended these events. Speaking of families, I hope you’ve had a chance to visit our library to see the amazing murals created by our PTA this summer. Not only will they inspire children to be excited about visiting the library, but they are also a visible reminder about the many ways parents make a difference at our school.
Our theme for September is I Respect You. I Respect Me. Here at “The Mann,” this means two things. First, it means living by the Golden Rule, treating others the way we want to be treated in the same situation. This can be challenging, and students will receive guidance in practicing this virtue here at school throughout the year. We aim to support your efforts to teach it at home, too! It also means that we choose to do and be our personal best every day. On the Morning News, the students give us a daily reminder: Be safe, be responsible, be respectful, be kind. Be the best you can be—the choice is yours! Luis Nogales, a journalist, said, “America is the greatest place in the world for people to become the best they can be.” If you think of anything that will help our school be part of this admirable vision, please be in touch.
With warm regards,
Dr. Merritt F. Waters