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Message From the Principal

Each morning we conclude the daily announcements with this wonderful quote from poet and activist Maya Angelou: People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel. It is an essential reminder that our individual efforts make a difference. Cranford Public Schools is committed to creating school communities that value Care for Self and Others. In fact it is one of the six guiding principles under our Full Value model.

Since the start of the 2021-2022 school year, we have used several platforms to underscore the key value of caring, including “Start with Hello” week, October’s  “Month of Respect” and recently No Name-Calling Week. School Counselor Mrs. Biggiani used read-aloud lessons based on the book Ouch! Moments: When Words are Used in Hurtful Ways by Michael Genhart to engage students in conversations about how to manage conflict. It is a critical skill for young children and indeed one that can be employed throughout life.

In addition to Care for Self and Others, the other principles of the Full Value Classroom are: Be Here, Be Safe, Be Honest, Set Goals, and Let Go and Move On. Each plays a role in helping us create a successful and caring community of students, educators, staff, and parents/guardians. A Full Value approach inspires and encourages individuals to expect the best from themselves and their interactions with others.

I think it is also important to recognize and commend our entire school community for the support of our safety procedures and best practices while we continue to operate under pandemic protocols. Thanks to your commitment, as well as that of our teachers and staff, we are operating a full--day of in-person instruction. When I walk the halls and visit classrooms I see examples of students acquiring new skills, stretching their thinking and making new connections. It is truly wonderful to be here together and to see this growth, especially during atypical times. I am so appreciative of all the effort and hard work that goes into making this possible.

Michael Klimko, Principal, Brookside Place School