Principal's Message

Dear CRES families,

I hope you’ve had a chance to enjoy your summer. After spending time recharging from last year, I’m filled with hope as fall approaches. Last year our school and community worked closely together and adapted to whatever came our way. Through it all we kept our school open and our students healthy and learning. I’m incredibly proud of what we accomplished and I’m confident we will continue that high level of partnership and collaboration and make this an outstanding year.

Our school continues to shift toward more outdoor learning opportunities for students. We’re extremely excited about our new nature-based Pre-K program complete with dedicated learning spaces on the school grounds. And as we develop and further refine additional school-wide outdoor spaces, our student body will spend even more time learning in nature. I encourage you to walk our nature trail, listen to the bubbling stream and immerse yourself in the canopy of hardwood trees. The outdoors is truly a magical place at CRES.

The new CRES start time is another significant change. With an 8:00 opening bell and a 2:30 end to the day, we will have an earlier start than we have in the last few years. However, it's not a drastic shift from the start time we had when I arrived at CRES in 2016 when we began school at 8:20. As always, the schedule shift will impact families in different ways. Some will benefit from the change while others will likely have to overcome logistical challenges. Our Pre-K -4th student body is generally made up of students who wake earlier than their middle and high school counterparts, so we anticipate that changing these start times will provide a better fit with the natural sleep patterns for the vast majority of our students district-wide. I appreciate your support and patience as we all shift our patterns this year.

Finally, we are committed to providing a solid Social/Emotional Learning foundation for our students as they progress through the district. We are entering year two of our grant to implement the Second Step SEL curriculum. Students benefited from the program last year and staff found that it integrated nicely with our existing SEL elements, Responsive Classroom and the Zones of Regulation. Don't be surprised if you hear the language used in these programs at home. They are an important part of the teaching and learning we do with students each day. 

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I can’t wait to see you and I’m looking forward to a great year together!

Kindly,

Chris


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