Route 40

Elementary School

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Monthly Newsletter

February 2020 Newsletter
President’s Day
Garrett County Public Schools will be closed on Presidents' Day, February 17, 2020.
Valentine’s Day
Please watch your classroom newsletters for information about student lists and snacks. There will only be a Valentine’s Day card exchange and snack on this day.
Counselor’s Corner
Mrs. Glotfelty is here at Route 40 school on Mondays and Wednesdays.
She has an intern, Mrs. Andie Ferry, from Frostburg State University.
If there is a snow delay, please make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast. The breakfast meal is not served in our cafeteria on those days when there are scheduling changes due to weather.
Counseling lessons in Pre-K through 5th grades will be on the topic of honesty and trustworthiness.
These are our Character traits for the month of February.
School Mall Magazine Campaign
We will be sending home an envelope with a booklet of postcards with a picture of a prize ticket with a scratch off. By completing this booklet, you will be helping our school earn magazines for our library. Each child that returns a completed booklet will earn a prize and be placed in a drawing for a SpongeBob chair. If two or more people that you provide the addresses for purchase magazines, your child will earn the t-shirt. Each booklet completed with all pages filled out earns the school funding from the company. If we submit 50 completed books, we earn a bonus.
Snow Play Dates
Please remember that Fridays are our Snow Play dates when we have snow. All students will be going outside to play. Please send in appropriate snow clothes. If it is deemed unsafe, notice will be sent home in advance.
Family Game Night
Our night of dinner and playing games together is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2020. Please remember to mark your calendar if you sign up to join us.
Pre-K and Kindergarten Applications
Applications for Pre-K and Kindergarten became available on February 3, 2020. The Pre-K and Kindergarten enrollment will be a combined process this year. Children must be four years old before September 1, 2020 to be considered for Pre-K and five years old by the same date to enter kindergarten. All Pre-K applications are marked with time and date of arrival. The Pre-K program follows a formula with income, in and out of area, being the first consideration for all applicants. If you have an eligible child, you may complete the forms online at the school or go to These forms can be obtained online at, choose
Early Childhood/Elementary Department tab, and complete the form.
Kids’ Heart Challenge
Our school is participating in Kid’ Heart Challenge to raise money for the American Heart Association. Our goal is to have all students participate. Even if you raise money online, you still must send in the consent form that in included in the pamphlet that came home. Without signed consent, your child cannot participate in the event on February 21, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
Gifted and Talented Program
When you mess up, talk out loud (within range of their ears) about what you learned and how you aspire to do better next time.
When they mess up, resist the urge to say “I told you so” and let empathy and the results do most of the teaching.
We are beginning the process of identifying students for the 2020-2021 Gifted and Talented Program that is available in grades 3-5 at the elementary level. Teachers will be completing referral forms for those children exhibiting qualities that meet the characteristics for the program. Parents are also able to complete a referral if you believe your child is a candidate. The committee will meet before the start of next year to determine which students will be identified. If you wish to complete a referral, please contact Mr. Hall.
Love and Logic Tip
Helping Kids Learn From Mistakes
Have you ever ruined a really good lesson with an “I told you so”? I know I have. Human nature just makes it difficult to resist “sharing our wisdom” at the wrong times.

Here are some thoughts on helping kids learn better from their own mistakes as well as learning from our mistakes.

The short version is: Save the “I told you so!” for when you mess up (lecture yourself out loud about what you learned) and pour on the empathy (mostly silent empathy) when kids make mistakes. This is not always easy to pull off, but kids tend to learn best from their own mistakes when we resist the urge to do a lot of explaining about what they should be learning.

It’s amazing how human beings, once told what they should be learning, resist the lesson. The focus can shift to the power struggle over whether or not they are going to learn what we want them to learn (or not).

Again, the experiment is simple:
You can learn more about these ideas in Dr. Charles Fay’s incredibly helpful book Parenting for Success.
Thanks for reading,
Jedd Hafer
February Events
17 President’s Day – No School
20 Grades K and 2 to Hickory
Family Game Night
21 Kids for Heart