Route 40

Elementary School

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Monthly Newsletter

January 2019 Newsletter
5 Star Rating
Congratulations to Route 40 School Community! You are the number one rated school in Garrett County based on the 2017-2018 report card. This is due to the hard work of our teaching staff and endless support of our parents. You are part of an incredible team working together to make a difference for our students! You can view our report card at
Lego League
Congratulations to North Forty, our private Lego Team coached by Dr. Jennifer Rankin. They won the championship award at the competition. We are very proud of them! All team members are students currently attending or alumni of Route 40, including Dr. Rankin. Let’s cheer them on as they head to the state tournament. If you are interested in creating a team for competitive purposes, please let Mrs. Maust know. We would be glad to assist any parent wanting to learn the process.
January 2, 2019 First Day
Students will return to school on January 2, 2019.
Counselor’s Corner
Starting in the month of January, I will be at Route 40 Elementary all day on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Coins for Caring update: students raised $1,631 for needy families at the holidays!!!

Pre-K- 5th grades will be receiving lessons on the role of a School Resource Officer and exploring jobs/careers.

On January 17th, Deputy Casey, our School Resource Officer, will be presenting at our PBIS/Character Ed Assembly. He will discuss anti-bullying strategies & internet safety, with the entire student body.

*Just a reminder that the cafeteria does not serve the breakfast meal when there are snow delays.
So, if there is a weather delay, please have your child eat breakfast at home to help them to be “ready to learn" upon their arrival to school.
Snow Day Play Days
Please remember, as long as we have snow on the ground, students will be going outside on Fridays for their snow day recess activities. Please make sure you are sending snow boots, gloves, hats, and heavy jackets with snow pants. Think about how you dress children to play in the snow at home and plan accordingly because they love going out with their friends to do this.
January 4-H
We will not have a 4H night in January due to inconsistent weather.
Noon Dismissal
January 9, 2019 is a noon dismissal. Teachers will be working on intervention groups and making sure students are receiving the services needed as shown in our assessments. January 23, 2019 is scheduled for a noon dismissal. In the event there is inclement weather on that day, the noon dismissal will occur the next full day of school.
Fire Marshall Report
The Fire Marshall visited our school this month. We want to congratulate staff on during an excellent job keeping our students safe. Our school passed with flying colors!
President’s Day
Our Board of Education is in the process of asking for February 18, 2019 to be used as a make-up day. The State Board will make its determination at their next meeting. Once they make their decision, notice will be sent home.
Love and Logic Tip
Keeping the Holidays Sane for Your Kids
Little ones thrive on routine and structure, the two things that tend to go by the wayside when the holidays arrive and families are running to and fro, gathering gifts, visiting relatives, and connecting with friends. Listed below are some tips for keeping things sane during this busy time of the year:

Set limits with family and friends.

Some people fear setting limits with their parents, in-laws, other family members, and friends because they worry about upsetting them. The only people who get upset by loving limits are people who really need them!

Don't be afraid to say things like, “We can’t wait to see you. We will need to leave by six so that we can get the kids in bed by a reasonable hour.”

Continue to set limits with your kids.

Sometimes we avoid setting limits with our children at family get-togethers because we want to keep the peace or avoid meltdowns. Ironically, this leads to far more fits and far less harmony.

Plan ahead and provide a quiet spot for recovery.

Particularly with small children, ask family and friends, “Is there a quiet place where my little one can go for some recovery time if they start to test limits or get overstimulated?”

I vividly remember being sent to my grandparents’ bedroom as a result of being unruly during a Christmas meal. I also remember lying on their bed, screaming, punching their pillows, and falling fast asleep. I was worn out!

What if you don’t think your kids will go to recovery? Learn practical solutions in our newly revised book, Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood.

Don’t feel guilty about placing yourself in recovery.

I love my family… but I still find it helpful to give myself some brief “bathroom time” so that I can regain the ability to exercise self-control.

Remember that this too shall pass.

Despite the best laid plans, sometimes the wheels come off and things get ugly. At these times, it’s often comforting to remember that every situation… bad and even good… is merely temporary.

Thanks for reading!

Dr. Charles Fay
January Events
2 Students return to school
8 Board of Education Meeting
9 Noon Dismissal
15 PTO 6:00
21 No School Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
22 End of Term 2
23 Noon Dismissal unless there are more snow days