It's the start of a new year! A fresh start, a clean slate... a new year filled with opportunity, excitement, and promise. I hope you're all feeling the same excitement that I am feeling.
Hopefully everyone had an opportunity to relax and enjoy the summer. There's nothing quite like the first few days of school. I am embarrassed to admit that I've experienced well over twenty first days of school, and I still cannot sleep the night before we open our doors. There is so much excitement and so many butterflies that sleeping is simply out of the question.
The first few days have been a lot of fun. We've spent a lot of time getting to know each other and working on our building expectations. Also, I am very happy to report that we are launching a yearly theme for this school year. This year's theme is the Year of Happy. Why happy? Because happiness is incredibly predictive of success in all areas of life. Happy teachers make happy students, happy students make happy parents, and happy parents make happy principals! In all seriousness, we want our school to be the school we all know it can be. The best way to do that is to focus on the positive and instill in our students a love of learning that they will hold with them for the rest of their lives.
As the year progresses there will undoubtedly be a number of obstacles and challenges that we'll face. We don't grow when things are easy though; we grow when we face challenges. The bigger the challenges, the bigger our opportunity for growth. At the end of our day, we want our students to feel challenged. We also want them to feel supported by the incredible staff and community at Johnson Elementary.
I'm honored, proud, and excited to start this new journey with all of you and I know it's going to be a great year.
To new beginnings,
Jared Peltzman, Principal