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Lyncrest School is a kindergarten through 5th grade elementary school with two classes on grade level. It has a staff dedicated to developing each child to his or her potential. Lyncrest School's vision is to:
- inspire learning,
- to motivate each student to work up to his or her full potential,
- to encourage each person to be proud of his or her individuality utilizing talents through cooperation with others,
- to increase awareness of multi-cultural backgrounds, and
- to deepen pride in our school.
[Banner created by students of The Lyncrest School]
The Lyncrest School is one of six elementary schools in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Through the support of our parents and the Board of Education, Lyncrest School has at least two computers and a printer in each room. Upper grades have three to four computers in each classroom.
Several classes are "on line" either with direct connections to the Internet or via America On Line. This has enabled our children to use technology to download recent weather images, make sophisticated weather predictions, and to converse with authors, students, and people throughout the world.
We are presently investigating the many uses of computers and technology in the classroom. This is our first effort to develop a Homepage on the Internet. It is, and will continue to be, a work in progress. We look forward to expanding this page in the near future.
I would like to open this first Principal's Message for the New Year by wishing all of our parents a most happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.
Each year I often receive phone calls from parents about taking their children out of school for an extended period of time for a vacation. I am a strong advocate of traveling with children and expanding their cultural experiences. I still cherish the excitement and joy of going with my children to Boston, Washington D.C. and yes, Disney World. Since I had the luxury of teaching in the same community where my children received their education, vacations were simple to plan. We went together and I did not have to concern myself about weighing the merits of going on a vacation versus remaining in school.
Over the years I have seen an increasing number of children who have been kept out of school to accompany parents on an extended trip. When asked my thoughts on the topic, I point out that we only attend school for
approximately 180 days a year. Any absence undoubtedly interrupts a child's learning. Much of our school curriculum is developmental and if a child is not in school for an extended period of time, the learning process is broken. This can lead to frustration and can impact on a child's performance.
I realize that there are circumstances beyond one's control. A family emergency or "a once in a life-time experience" are instances which merit further consideration. In situations such as these, I would suggest a discussion with your child's classroom teacher or the school principal.
During the last few years, our harsh winters have necessitated school closings, delayed openings, and early dismissals. Parents are informed of these decisions via our phone chain or direct phone contact from our office. It is most essential that parents keep us informed of any changes in your home number, work number, or people who can pick up your child should it be necessary. Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Several months ago one of our parents shared this poem with me. I believe much is said in such a small space and I decided to share it with you. It made me reflect to when I was the parent of two growing boys.
"If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again"
If I had my child to raise over again,
I'd finger paint more, and point the finger less.
I'd do less correcting, and more connecting.
I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I'd care to know less, and know to care more.
I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I'd run through more fields, and gaze at more stars.
I'd do more hugging, and less tugging.
I'd be firm less often, and affirm much more.
I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I'd teach less about the love of power,
And more about the power of love.
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You can contact The Lyncrest school by e-mail to VinceS4014@aol.com.
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