Important Updates

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I hope you enjoyed a restful and productive summer. It seems like yesterday, we were enjoying the End of the Year Block Party. Where did the time go? As we prepare for the upcoming school year, we are excited to share with you that Caledonia Elementary School will be integrating more Mindfulness into our daily activities.

The definition of Mindfulness is simply… noticing what is happening right now. For example, Mindfulness is taking notice of how the body feels and what one sees, smells and tastes. Mindfulness is also noticing what the mind is doing. What happens when these experiences are noticed?

When these experiences are noticed, a sense of focus is enhanced, which leads to improvement in diverse areas of your life.

Improved focused can help a student to achieve at higher levels in sports, school or music. Moreover, improved focus can help students calm down when they’re sad, angry or frustrated. Mindfulness helps you deal with tough emotions.

A growing body of scientific research shows its positive effects on mental health and well-being. Practicing mindfulness has been shown to improve attention and reduce stress as well as increase one’s ability to regulate emotions and feel compassion and empathy. Mindfulness also is widely considered an effective psychotherapy treatment for adults, children, and adolescents with aggression, ADHD, or mental health problems such as anxiety.

Mindfulness strategies for Watching One’s Thoughts and Random Acts of Kindness will be implemented when students arrive to school and when they dismiss from recess. Additionally, Mindfulness strategies for Gratitude will be implemented each Thursday…Thankful Thursday.

More information regarding Mindfulness will be presented at the Caledonia Curriculum Night, being held on September 3, 2019 from 5:00 -6:00 in our café. This meeting will explain in greater detail why Mindfulness is a valuable tool for our students. Please note, you do have the right to have your child (ren) opt out of the Mindfulness initiative.

Do not hesitate to contact the school if you have questions regarding these matters.

Sincerely

Charles R. McCants

Caledonia Elementary
914 Caledonia Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44112

Principal:
Charles McCants
216-268-6690

Important Numbers:
Main Office 216-268-6690
Main Office 216-268-6691
Main Office 216-268-6692
Main Office 216-268-6693

SCHOOL HOURS
Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
School Starts: 8:30 a.m.
Dismissal: 3:20 p.m.

Special Points to Remember
• Breakfast is served from 8:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.
• School starts are 8:30 a.m.
• Students are tardy at 8:40 a.m.
• Tardy students must report to the office to obtain a tardy pass.
• Please call the office when your child is going to be absent at 216-268-6690.
• When absent, all students should return with a note to excuse their absence.
• Please complete and return Registration, Emergency Medical and Household Information Forms.