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Principal's Update October 10, 2021

Dear Addison Families,

This upcoming week our Kindergarten students will be transitioning to full day! Starting October 11th, they will be dismissed at 2:20pm along with our 1st–3rd graders. This will increase traffic and congestion at 2:20pm so it’s a good time to remind all of our parents that car pick up and drop off are prohibited on Addison Avenue adjacent to the school. Parents are encouraged to park and walk to the entrance gate for pick up at the end of the day. Please make sure cars are not parked in the Webster Woods apartment complex and that children are not asked to cross Addison Avenue outside of the crosswalks. Our goal is to keep all students safe during dismissal.

This month, we will be celebrating Unity Day on Wednesday, October 20th. Unity Day encourages students to consider what it means to be kind and inclusive in our community; students will be discussing what it means to be kind and inclusive in their classroom and making a pledge through a classroom banner to promote these behaviors. Additionally, Ms. Ohanian will be sharing literature related to these themes and we are asking students to wear orange on October 20th to demonstrate a commitment to kindness.

On October 29th, students are invited to wear Halloween costumes as we will have an internal parade at Addison, highlight costume categories, and be entertained by our 5th graders who will perform the Thriller Dance, an annual tradition. Unfortunately, families are still not allowed on PAUSD campuses but we will have a PTA photographer on hand to capture the highlights of this event which will then be shared with our community. Please note that weapons and scary makeup (blood, etc.) are prohibited as part of our students' costumes and Covid-19 face masks will still be required this day.

As attendance, mental health, and overall wellbeing are priorities for the District this year, we wanted to remind students and families of the importance of attending school when healthy enough to do so. During this time, students may be experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety and we know that school demands can sometimes exacerbate these concerns. Please be aware that absences may be excused for both physical and mental health reasons. If your student is experiencing higher than normal anxiety or stress please contact myself or Joy Frick in the front office. Parents/Guardians should notify the school when an illness prevents a student from attending school. If staff notice that either physical or mental health absences are frequent for a student missing school, you should expect to hear from the classroom teacher, Joy, or myself on how Addison can best support your child. Stay well.

Amanda Boyce