VICTORIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Riverside Unified School District
Linda Daltrey, Principal
2910 Arlington Ave.• Riverside, CA 92506 • (951) 788-7441 • fax (951) 274-4223
Just as in January when we form our New Year’s resolutions for the new year, at Victoria we start the new school year with renewed expectations and hope that this year will be the best year yet. Perhaps our children will resolve to study a little harder, try to learn a little more, or establish good work habits.
Whatever the area of focus, it takes encouragement and support from parents for our children to be able to achieve these resolutions. Sometimes, in the busy pace of our daily lives, we wonder just what difference an extra fifteen minutes of story reading at night or reviewing what happened at school will really make. While we may never know the impact we make on our children, consider the familiar starfish legend when you find yourself wondering what difference you really make.
As the old man walked along the beach at dawn, he noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea. Finally catching up with the youth, he asked him why he was doing this. The answer was the stranded starfish would die if left until the morning sun. “But the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish washed ashore,” countered the old man. “How can your efforts make any difference?” The young man looked at the starfish in his hand and threw it safely in the waves. “It makes a difference to this one,” he said. ~Anon
Parents make the difference. We need to remember that no matter how small the task, the little bit of encouragement or the extra time we spend with our children can be strong and enduring. Enjoy this school year with your child as you learn together in a shared partnership of cooperation, communication and caring. If the following steps are followed, you’ll be pleased with the product--guaranteed.
P-Participate in your child’s learning.
A-Accept only the best your child can do.
R-Read to your child and with your child every night.
E-Exemplify those behaviors you would like your child to copy.
N-Nurture the attitude in your child that he or she can learn.
T-Talk to your child, and listen.
S-Snuggle. Have you hugged your child lately?
Participate and be active in our school events and activities. The partnership between the home, the school and the child is a key factor in your child’s success in school. You are an important part of what makes Victoria School so special.