Principal's Message


 Dear Parents/Guardians,

 Believe it or not, one-third of the school year is behind us, and we are entering a “busier-than-usual” time of the year for families and school!  This month is filled with excitement, wonderment, and anticipation for children.  With everyone’s busy schedule, it is easy to get wrapped up in all the activity that surrounds us.  Be sure to keep learning and school a priority in your home.  Have a designated time for homework and reading.  Also, make sure that your child is getting enough rest.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children between the ages of 6-12 should sleep 9-12 hours per night on a regular basis to promote optimal health.  Getting enough sleep improves attention, memory, general well-being, and ultimately learning!  In the classroom we can see a significant difference between students who are overly tired versus students who are engaged and in tune with their teacher’s instruction.  Getting enough sleep is critical for student performance.   

 We are so fortunate to have an active PTA.  As I have said numerous times, PTA makes the events that are memorable to a student’s education possible.  Fall fun night, field trips, special assemblies, a dunk tank for the principal . . . the list is ENDLESS!  I am often asked, “What can I do as a parent to get my child to succeed?”  I think most people who ask me that question are expecting me to answer with a grand gesture that will sky rocket their academics.  (By the way, that does not even exist.)  Off the top of my head, I have a few suggestions to help your child be happy and successful in school.  I suggest reading to your child nightly, monitoring the take-home folder and homework nightly, having dinner time as a family, getting to bed on time, and GETTING INVOLVED IN SCHOOL!  What better way to get involved than to be part of the PTA.  This does not entail volunteering countless hours or sending in baked goods on a regular basis.  Being part of the PTA involves staying up to date with what is happening in our school and participating when you can.  Email is the easiest and most simple form of communication.  Our PTA has streamed lined communication and sends once-a-week emails to keep everyone informed and updated.  In order to receive these emails, you need to register your email on our PTA website.   The link is:


You do not need to have paid your PTA membership dues to receive these emails.  Stay updated and stay involved!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter!  @CountryPkwyWCSD   I post some of the small and big moments happening at CP about once a day!  

 Proudly Your Principal,

 Andrew Bowen