Now that winter has arrived with its full fury, make sure our youngsters are dressed appropriately for cold temperatures. Please make sure hats, gloves and winter jackets are readily available for each child so that we can keep those “flu bugs” away and our school attendance percentages at high levels. Review the following suggestions when dealing with a school child and attendance:

Talk with your child about the importance of attending school regularly.

Avoid scheduling family trips or doctor appointments during school hours.

Make sure your child stays healthy by eating nutritious food and getting enough sleep and exercise.

Don’t accept excuses for why your child “must” miss or be late for school.

Discuss with your child what happened at school each day.

Support school rules and consequences for skipping class and being tardy.

Show your child why education is important. Give specific examples of how education helps people succeed.

Also, Dec. 18 was the last scheduled board meeting for two of our Board of Education members, Adrianne Sturm and Brian J. Kesner, after eight years tenure at Canfield. Sturm and Kesner were key members of the board and their love for learning, as well as their caring and concern for students, staff and community, will be missed.

As we approach the New Year, one reflects on the past year and the many challenges our educational community has faced. More importantly, it is uplifting to recall the many ways our district has faced these challenges with fortune and creative thinking. We will need to keep our collective spirits high as more challenges await us in 2014.

I am confident, however, in the ability of our board of education, administration, educators, classified personnel and community alike to bring their full energy and face each obstacle with the district and our youth’s well being in mind. It is critical for each child who enters Canfield Schools to find caring adults ready to engage them in learning and ignite a passion for new interests. If we remain united around this central mission and keep students at the forefront of our work, then we can sustain our belief in our children and find the strength to make a difference in their lives.

Everyone in the district would like to wish the entire community Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year.


Alex G. Geordan,


Canfield Local Schools

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