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Principal Message September 2019
Dear Elms Family,
We at Elms are so excited to welcome you back to school and to the first days of September!
We want to extend a Tiger’s Paw and warm welcome to our new and returning students, their families, and dedicated staff. The new school year is off to a great start filled with energy, anticipation, and optimism. We had the opportunity to visit all the classrooms and meet the students that make Elms Elementary such a special place. The children looked happy and excited. Thank you students, for the warm welcome and the happy smiles!
We would like to thank our custodial staff for doing an excellent job these past few weeks preparing the building after the Extended School Year program. Thank you to our committed teaching and support staff for all their excitement and dedication in creating engaging classrooms to provide supportive learning opportunities.
Important Upcoming Dates
Back to School
- Tuesday, September 17- PreSchool at 5:30pm
- Tuesday, September 17- Kindergarten and Grades 1-2 at 7:00pm
- Monday, September 23- Grades 3, 4, and 5 at 7:00pm
Back to School Nights offer parents an opportunity to begin creating that all-important relationship with your child’s classroom teachers, hear about some of our programs as well as learn about each grade level’s curriculum, specialists, classroom technology, and other educational activities. We are proud of so many things at Elms and with your help, we will continue to build an inclusive, dynamic, and supportive school community.
We look forward to a successful school year and seeing you at Back to School Night!.
We encourage you to visit visit the Elms School Website (https://www.jacksonsd.org/Elms) often for the latest in news and information. Whether you are new to Elms Elementary School or a returning family, we encourage you to become an active participant in your child’s education and become familiar with the variety of activities our school offers.
Patriot's Day & Childhood Cancer Awareness Day
In remembrance of September 11th, we will be recognizing Patriot's Day, and we invite all to wear Red, White, & Blue.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and we will have Awareness day on Friday September 13th- we invite everyone to wear Gold/Yellow to help us raise awareness.
The Elms PTN is always looking for parent participation! We encourage all of our community to join our very active Parent-Teacher Network. Our collective mission is to enhance and support our children’s educational experience. There are multiple opportunities throughout the year with many jobs of all sizes and shapes that are essential to the success of our school. Parents can help out by volunteering for an event or committee. If you’re not sure how to become involved, please ask—we’d love to have you!
PTN membership dues go to support our many cultural arts programs and assemblies for ALL students in our school. PTN meetings are held each month and are open to all. The first meeting of the year is Wednesday, September 25th @ 9:45 AM in the Elms Media Center. Please join us as the home-school partnership is vital to the success of all our learners.
In September, Elms will conduct our first fire drill for the year. A variety of safety drills will continue to be implemented regularly throughout the year. Such drills foster student safety and are important to practice regularly. In an effort to provide the safest environments, nothing is more important that maintaining an open line of communication between home and school In that light, parents should be sure to complete their emergency contact information in detail. It is important to include trusted adults in the “emergency contact” area of the portal. This information is invaluable when an unforeseen circumstance occurs.
Please be aware that, as in the past, no parent will be allowed to cross the bus ramp from 8:55-9:05am (student arrival). This is a safety procedure. A staff member will be stationed at the parking lot to let you know when it is again safe to cross the bus ramp. We appreciate your cooperation and efforts to keep our students safe.
September 11 - Patriot’s Day - Wear RED, WHITE, & BLUE
September 13- Childhood Cancer Awareness- Wear Gold/Yellow
September 17 - 5:30pm PreK Back-to-School Night
September 17 - 7:00pm Back-to-School Night Grades K-2
September 18 - 6:30pm Board of Education Meeting
September 23 - 7:00pm Back-to-School Night Grades 3-5
September 25 - 9:45am PTN Meeting
September 30 & October 1 - School Closed
October 9 - School Closed to Students
DATE TBD - 1st Supply Cart Day!
DATE TBD- PTN Fall Festival @ Cicconi Farms
On behalf of the entire Elms Staff, we welcome you to the new school year and look forward to working together to help your child achieve their hopes and dreams. Please contact the school directly if you have any questions. We will be glad to help you.
Michael Burgos Shawn Levinson Kelly Grubb
Principal Assistant Principal Administrative Intern