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Principal Message August 2021

Dear Elms Family,

 

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!  We hope everyone had an exciting, but relaxing summer.  We at Elms are very excited to welcome you back to school as we say goodbye to the last days of August.  We want to extend a Tiger’s Paw and warm welcome to our new and returning students, their families, and dedicated staff.   While some aspects of this ‘back to school’ season may still look differently than they have in previous years, please find comfort in knowing your children are being welcomed into the same warm, nurturing environment with a faculty dedicated to both the children’s academic and social-emotional needs. The new school year brings with it renewed energy and a sense of excitement and optimism.

 

Drop Off Procedures: If you are dropping your child off to school in the morning, please use the car loop between 8:55 AM and 9:05 AM. Students who arrive later than 9:05 AM will need to be brought to the main entrance to sign in there. If you should have a need to park, please be aware that no parent will be permitted to cross the bus ramp from 8:55-9:05AM. A staff member will be stationed at the parking lot and will alert you when it is safe to cross. Students being dropped off must wear masks as they walk into school. 

 

Signing Your Child Out at Dismissal: Please be advised that parent pick up at dismissal time will no longer occur at the main entrance. During dismissal time, parent pick up will take place at the car loop only on the north side of the building.  Identification will be required and sign out procedures will be facilitated by school staff in a “drive through model”. Any parents picking up their child at dismissal will need to drive through the car loop. Due to the high volume of daily pick-up students will NOT be signed out between 2:55pm and 3:20 pm.

Any parents who have not completed the Carline form and wish to sign their child out at dismissal may be asked to wait at an assigned location near the car loop while Elms School dismisses and staff checks identification before proceeding with traditional sign out procedures. Parents, please know that Elms Elementary will have many parents picking up their children at the car loop in the afternoon. Student safety is our priority!  We appreciate your patience and support while we implement this protocol on the first days of school.

Please know, transportation preference may be changed at any time during the year.  Parents should always communicate dismissal plans for their child with their classroom teacher if you are not utilizing district transportation.

 

Important Upcoming Dates

 Orientation

  • Thursday, August 26 - Kindergarten Orientation at 10:00am
  • Thursday, August 26 - Preschool Orientation at 11:00am

Back to School

  • Tuesday, September 28- PreSchool, Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2 at 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, September 29- 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, 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 the Elms School Website (https://www.jacksonsd.org/Elms) often for the latest 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.

 

First Day Expectations/Google Classroom Codes:

Please check your child’s school gmail inbox for a new email from your child’s teacher. This email will include directions on how to join the teacher’s Google Classroom. All homeroom teachers will be sending the welcome email to their students by Wednesday, September 8th. In the email, the teacher’s Google Classroom Code will be published to allow access into the student’s Google Classroom. The link for the Google Classroom can be found on the teacher’s classpage located on the Elms Website. 

 

PTN 

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 different jobs 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 29th @ 10:00 AM in the Elms Media Center. Please join us as the home-school partnership is vital to the success of all our learners.

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.

Sincerely,

Michael Burgos                            Shawn Levinson                         Nicole Avila 

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