As we celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday, I would like to take the opportunity to thank our students, staff, parents and patrons who are committed to creating an outstanding learning environment here at IKM-Manning CSD. I would also like to acknowledge all those that volunteer their time, enriching our schools. We are all thankful for your collective support.

At this point in the school year, all parents have had the opportunity to meet with the teachers at parent-teacher conference. This is an excellent time to monitor the progress and address concerns and to set goals for the remainder of the school year.

The next three and a half weeks-between Thanksgiving and the Winter Break-is usually a hectic time with programs, concerts and parties, so it’s important that students have adequate time for properly completed homework and study time. In the elementary and middle schools years, homework amounts to 30 to 60 minutes each evening and good homework habits can take years to build and last a lifetime.

As we enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, it’s also helpful to remember that students need to be rewarded for their achievements. Too many times we focus on the unmet goals, rather to celebrate our successes.

The coming holiday season is a wonderful time of year and I hope that families have time to enjoy one another, especially over this break. Family outings, even as simple as going to a movie or a walk together, provide long-lasting memories and make a difference in a child’s life.

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and look forward to continuing to work together in our mission to create a positive learning environment for the students of IKM-Manning CSD.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Yours in education,

Dr. Ward

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