July 29, 2015
Dear LEAD Elementary School Parents, Guardians and Families,
Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year at LEAD Elementary, A Magnet School of Literacy, Enrichment, Academics and Digital Arts with not only a new name, but also a new mascot, the OWL! Let’s all “Give a Hoot” for our teachers, support staff, students, families and community as we celebrate our first year as LEAD after three years of visioning, surveying, planning, training, piloting and implementing. As the LEAD Community of Educators and Support Staff, we are excited to begin this new adventure with you as our partners. We consider ourselves a family and believe that we can only accomplish our good work with high expectations for all and your support and presence. We have many plans for an enriching and productive school year and look forward to greeting you on Wednesday, August 12th! Learning begins at 8:05 daily and we use every instructional minute wisely so please plan on leaving home for school to allow yourselves enough time to be here by 7:55 at the latest. The first bell rings at 8:00 and students need to be in the process of entering their rooms and preparing for the school day at 8:05. The first day of school on August 12th is a Minimum Day: dismissal times: 12:20 TK-3 and 12:26 Grades 4/5. Join us in the LGI at 8:15 for the first PTA/Principal Coffee where new families, teachers, support staff, PIP, the Family Resource Center, Site Council and the PTA Board will be introduced. Sign up tables for volunteer opportunities will be available.
Prior to the 12th, our school office will be open full days (8:00 -3:30) beginning Monday, August 27th. School Office Assistant, Erika Hoole and Administrative Assistant, Denora Smith will be available to assist you. I return full days on August 3rd. LEAD teachers return for Professional Development/room preparations on August 10 and 11.
Our new TK and Kindergarten Families are invited to a “Meet and Greet the Teacher” on Tuesday, August 11th from 2:00-3:00 in the TK/ K classrooms followed by a playdate on the TK/K Playground. TK/K Class Lists/room numbers will be posted on the front entry gates at 1:45 so you will know your child’s teacher and room number.
Grades 1-5 Class Lists will be posted on the conference room window to the right of the main office door at 3:15 on Tuesday, August 11th. Please come by and see who your child’s teacher will be for the year as well as his/her room number so that on Wednesday morning, you and your child/children will be “In the know!”
Our First Day Packets will go home with your child/children on the first day of school, August 12th. The packets are laminated manila envelopes with the LEAD School Year Calendar of events as well as all LEAD Minimum Days, Spirit Fridays and scheduled activities. It will include many important first day forms including emergency card information, media release forms, District forms and the NEW LEAD Elementary Handbook, a guide to everything you ever wanted to know about our school and programs! Please read it cover to cover with your child/children and sign the VIP (Very Important Paper) that accompanies it verifying that you read the complete Handbook and understand the policies and content. The grade level that brings in all of its handbook contracts completed by each family will earn 25 Spirit Points! No contracts can be signed without fully reading the entire handbook together as a family. I will be visiting classes and quizzing them on the contents with another 25 Spirit Points awarded to the grade level with the highest number of correct responses to the quizzes! Should be fun! There is much to digest and understand about the “Goings On” of the school and its operations, as well as its academics, enrichment, support services, volunteer opportunities, parent engagement, behavioral expectations and many implemented programs. These all combine to help us teach our students to achieve their potential through a rigorous program that builds a solid academic foundation and challenges them to think critically and communicate effectively. We truly live by the words in the San Mateo/Foster City School District Vision and Mission: “To educate and inspire our students to live, LEAD and learn with integrity and JOY while preparing them to positively impact a dynamic and diverse world.
Visit our new web site going live on August 7, 2015! lead.smfcsd.net
~Pattie Dullea, LEAD Elementary School Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org