School is open! JCDSRI teachers and administrators happily welcomed back students this week. After a busy summer of facility upgrades and renovations, it was wonderful to hear children’s voices and see smiling faces back in school. Students arrived to find a newly expanded music room, design lab, learning center and a new outdoor sitting area featuring a free lending library.
We expressed our excitement with messages on our “Happiness Wall” in the lobby. Everyone in our community was asked to add a message to the wall expressing a happy moment from the first week of school. Here are a few:
My happy moment was …
“…reading in kindergarten”
“…the first day of school party”
“…when I saw Ms. Silva”
“…playing on the maze on the blacktop”
“…doing my rest time work”
“This school is so nice and this week I feel so nice about this school” (from a new student)
Opening day ended with our annual back to school block party – a fun celebration to start the year. Parent volunteers arranged games, face painting, snacks, and a visit from the ice cream truck. Children also enjoyed getting soaked in the famous home-made dunk tank.
The tone has been set for a joyful, connected and active year ahead!