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Idle Hour Elementary School

Principal's Message



Idle Hour Mission Statement

Idle Hour strives to create a safe, secure and supportive family environment, based on mutual respect, whose goal is to motivate our children to discover their inner potential and flourish as members of our democratic society.


Dear Parents:

Welcome to the Idle Hour Elementary School! I hope you thoroughly enjoyed the vacation.  As you enjoy the final, lazy days of the summer, please take a moment to think about the following poem, which reflects the sentiment of this year’s theme, “Working Together Building Children’s Futures.”

An old man going along a highway,
Came, at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide.
Through which was flowing a sullen tide
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned when safe on the other side
And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day,
You never again will pass this way;
You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build this bridge at evening tide?”

The builder lifted his old gray head;
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followed after me to-day
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been as naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be;
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him!”

By Will Allen Dromgoole

In the spirit of working together, I cordially invite you to join us to create a challenging learning environment for your child for the (2018 – 2019) school year. All of us at the Idle Hour School strongly believe that the education of children is a partnership between home and school.  It is a partnership, which involves a tremendous effort in time, commitment, dedication, and perseverance.  
The first, scheduled full -day of school for all children (kindergarten - fifth grade) is: 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

School hours are from 9:05 a.m. to 3:35 p.m.

Please keep in mind that the bus pick-up and drop-off may be late during the first week, until a routine is established. Please refer any transportation problems directly to the Transportation Department at 244-2201. Your child should bring a bag lunch or money to purchase a lunch (see menu enclosed). Please dress your child in comfortable clothing since it may be warm during the first few weeks of school. 

Once again, welcome back. I look forward to another new and rewarding year.


Sandra Rubin

“Mankind owes to the child the best it has to give.”