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Jill Hoppe, PrincipalA Message from the Principal

January, 2020
Cougar Families,

Happy New Year! I want to take this opportunity to wish all our Canyon Ridge families a happy and healthy 2020. As we welcome a new decade, we can just imagine the new technologies that will enter our lives that change how we socialize, communicate, and learn. That being said, nothing replaces face to face interactions and personal connections. Take time each day to put down devices enjoy the company of family and friends making memories to cherish. 

Before leaving for winter break, students completed benchmark assessments that teachers have thoroughly analyzed, interpreted, and will use to personalize instruction for students. We are eager to see all of our students reach their academic goals. As always, please be sure to contact your child’s teacher should you have any questions about their progress.

It’s important for students to arrive to school on time. To provide your child with a positive start to the day, please plan your morning so your child arrives to school when our doors open at 7:55 a.m.  Our teachers start instruction at 8:15 a.m., and we would like students in their seats at that time. As a gentle reminder, the speed limit is 5 mph when driving in school parking lots, please follow the speed limit for the safety of all of our community. Lastly, we would like to limit the amount of interruptions to our classrooms during instruction. Before you leave home, please get in the routine of making sure your student has everything they need for the day - lunch, work, supplies and materials. 

This month we continue our journey using the 7 Habits. We are focusing on Habit 5 - Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood. Communication is one of the most important skills in life. People spend years learning how to read and write, and years learning how to speak. We also want to emphasize listening because many people listen with the intent to reply, not to understand. We will work with students to practice listening to understand what the other person is saying and thus empathizing and connecting emotionally with others. Talk to your student about Habit 5 and look for evidence of full body listening. 
January brings an exciting month for sports - come out to support our girls soccer, boys basketball and the cheer squad. The game schedule is available on the Canyon Ridge website. There is no school on Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. and January 23rd is our annual Jump Rope for Heart kickoff. 
As always, thank you all so much for your support and focus on excellence.

Have a YES! kind of month, 
Jill Hoppe,