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Principal's Message from Kevin Dorken
September 8, 2017
Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! We sincerely hope that by now the routines of school are beginning to settle in and that everyone in your household has happily made the transition. We have definitely seen more than a few examples of tears during our first few weeks becoming smiles by now to start each day. If this hasn’t happened just yet for your child, do not be overly concerned – it will come! Just as it takes longer for some children to reach physical or academic milestones, it can take longer for some kids to adjust to a new setting and routine. Soon everyone will be acclimated, comfortable with our daily life at Lyon, and actively engaged as learners.
Thanks to all of you for your support and cooperation through these early days. We know there is a lot of information to review or learn for the first time, and we appreciate your conscientious approach to the many daily aspects of life at an elementary school. Our Lyon/Pleasant Ridge newsletter, along with our websites, is intended to answer in advance many of the questions you might have at various points throughout the year (several helpful reminders are contained in this edition). However, if you ever have a question or need clarification on something school related, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always here to help, and we welcome your feedback.
We have spent these early days getting to know our students and helping them get to know Lyon, and these intentional efforts will continue over the next several weeks. If you are a returning Lyon family, we look forward to continuing to build our relationship. If you are new to Lyon, we look forward to getting to know you. As I mentioned on Curriculum Night (thank you if you were able to attend), we are all partners in the children’s school experience, and the more we can make that partnership a genuinely strong one, the better the experience will be for our students. So much of that relationship is based upon trust, and we take seriously the responsibility of earning that from you.
As the weeks progress, the children will continue to learn and practice our school-wide guidelines for success (Be Safe, Be Kind and Give Your Best Effort), and we will reinforce these all year long. Thank you for also supporting these concepts at home and for encouraging your children’s increased independence – one of the overarching goals for all of our students. Remember, they are even more capable than you think.  Let them do it, solve it, work it out, clean it up… themselves! 
The caring and commitment on behalf of children is always so impressive in our school community, and we thank you again for all that you’ve done to help start the school year in such a positive way. We’re looking forward to an outstanding school year and to seeing you at Lyon soon.