Mrs.  Laura  Worshim
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Principal's Corner

As our 2014-2015 School Year Closes...

Dear McDonnell Family,

As the school year comes to a close, our minds and hearts are filled to the brim. It’s been a great year! What a school! Together we’ve learned much and shared experiences that will long remain with us in the years to come. The strength of our community and wholehearted passion is to make our school a wonderful place of learning for our children primarily, but all of us makes McDonnell truly a special place.

Special thanks to all of you who have contributed in small, large and unimaginable ways! Counting of bottle caps, making copies, working in the library or helping a teacher, driving on field trips, helping with school pictures, providing food and/or organizing lunches for teachers, organizing events, working at these events, showing up to support your children, sharing your talents, helping with traffic, picking up trash, brainstorming the “what ifs”… supporting our work in countless ways and providing the resources to do what we dream and know is good for the children. Thanks for getting your kids to school on time each day, for kind words and/or notes of encouragement that mean so much, for making sure homework gets done… and turned in. Thank you for providing rich and engaging, well-rounded experiences for your children and knowing that education is about engaging activities and fostering curiosity, along with the development of social skills that is needed to succeed. For these, and a million other things, we are truly grateful.

To those of you who are leaving us for new places and adventures, we wish you all the best. Congratulations to our very capable 5th graders who are onto a new stage in their academic career! And, well-wishes, albeit with saddened hearts, to Ms. Gutknecht, Ms. Fields, and Ms. McCormick, as they move on to begin the next chapter of their lives. Special thanks to all our faculty and staff for your hard work and dedication to our students.

For your calendaring pleasure, the first day of school begins on August 4th (yes, very early). Please remember, Reading over the summer makes a critical difference in your child’s success in the fall. Talking with your child about books also improves your child’s reading comprehension. Possible questions: What do you think the character will do next and why? What is the problem in the story and how would you solve it? In fact, the more you engage your child in meaningful conversation the more he or she will improve his/her thinking. Until then, enjoy a restful and replenishing summer with your families! If needed, I can be contacted by email at  


Laura M. Worshim