Principal’s corner: It’s a fun new year at Truckee Elementary |

Principal’s corner: It’s a fun new year at Truckee Elementary

Valerie Simpson
Courtesy TTUSD |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Recently, our school district had the opportunity to share about all the great schools in our Tahoe Truckee Unified School District in a special Back to School issue of the Sierra Sun.

I am very lucky to serve as the principal of one of those outstanding schools — Truckee Elementary.

Truckee Elementary is an amazing, High Performing Title I school with a diverse campus that serves approximately 600 students, from Transitional Kindergarten to fifth grade.

Truckee Elementary School is at the heart of our community with the most diverse campus in TTUSD, which we cherish and use to further learning for our students.

Truckee Elementary offers a wide range of enrichment and extension opportunities inside and outside of the classroom.

Many of these activities are possible as a result of support from Measure A and Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP).

Enrichment and extension learning includes our hands-on science lab, music, outdoor expeditions to Taylor Creek and Sagehen, art classes, our Green Team, a comprehensive physical fitness program and our character education program Second Step.

In each classroom, students have access to technology and students visit our computer lab to learn skills such as keyboarding, coding, and robotics.

We had a great start to the school year with kids ready and excited for their journey of discovery, learning, and fun.

The first part of the school year can be an exciting time for children and parents; for others it presents challenges. I would like to share some tips on how to have a great start to the school year.

Many children will start the year off easily but after a few weeks may start to become clingy. Others will enter the building only under protest from day one and then enthusiastically run into the school doors each morning after that.

Then there are those who rush off to school with great enthusiasm but meltdown the instant you pick them up. Each child responds differently to starting school.

Parents also respond differently. Michael Thompson, Ph.D. author of “The Pressured Child” shares, “As parents we need to let go, learn to trust the teachers, and support their children’s independent experience. And they need to recognize that their children may not approach school and learning the way they did.”

To help you ease your child’s into the new school year, try these ideas:

Talk about school at home: Ideas such as tell me about your favorite part of the school day; tell me about your teacher; what was lunchtime like, etc.

Get to know the teacher: Establish this relationship soon after school starts and decide upon how the teacher and you will communicate whether it is email, phone, or in person.

If your child misses you a lot: choose a special object together that he or she can bring to school and keep in their backpack. Communicate with the teacher about this special object so that they can help your child if they are feeling sad.

Understand your role in the separation process: “Your separation issues could be feeding your child’s,” reminds Diane Levin, Ph.D. “If you are having trouble separating, your child will always pick this up. One way you can help you both feel better is by developing a trusting relationship with the teacher.”

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We’re excited at Truckee Elementary for the best school year ever!

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