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January 2016

Dear LEAD Parents and Community ...Spirit Theme Day Friday, January 29th, Career Day!

Welcome back from what was hopefully an enjoyable and relaxing winter break. As we resume learning, in both academic and social emotional areas, it's time to begin reviewing our progress to date and setting goals for the 2016-2017 school year. We are sorry that we do not yet have a 16-17 calendar to share. Our District and Teachers' Union are negotiating a new calendar, hoping to bring a final calendar to our Trustees in February for their approval. Once approved the calendar will be available. If things do not go as expected there could be an additional delay. Just like New Year's resolutions, goals become our focus for the year. The engagement process with our staff, families, District and all stakeholders, is important to that process. You will have many opportunities to engage in our process through Coffee Chats, Site Council, PTA, and ELAC. Our Site Council begins the engagement process on Wednesday morning, January 27th at 7:30 AM in the Office Conference Room and the PTA Board meets Tuesday evening, February 2nd at 6:00 PM in the Library. Two Coffee Chats are on the calendar over the next 4 weeks

Friday, January 291h, at 8:15 AM: LGI: Monthly Principal/PTA/PIP Coffee Chat. SMFC Ed Foundation will share new goals and seek input from our Community. Our 2nd grade team will present to parents a focus on literacy and how families can help their children at home to become successful, fluent and thoughtful readers. This will also be our annual Title I meeting with Mrs. Correa sharing her data and latest ELAC updates, and we will conclude with beginning conversations around enrollment, the District LCAP process and our site plan which supports District and site goals, both academic and social/emotional.

Thursday, February 111h, 6:30-8:00 PM LEAD Library: Superintendent Rosas will welcome members of our community to join her for coffee and conversation about the District - its goals, challenges, accomplishments and any issue related to education and the welfare of youth. This is a great opportunity to share feedback on your experience in San Mateo-Foster City schools. Parents, students and staff members are invited to attend this meeting to help guide our priorities as a district. Feedback will inform our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Dr. Rosas is looking forward to this coffee chat as a means of reconnecting with all of us around issues that affect the education and well-being of our students.

Our new year also brings a plethora of engaging activities and opportunities. The Coder School continues at lunch on Mondays for upper grade students; Brix for Kids has 22 primary and upper grade students learning, building and problem solving after school on Fridays; our Academic Center continues to tutor over 80 grades 1-5 students after school Mondays -Thursdays and the Digital Arts Class meets M-Th after school to produce our daily K-0-W-L broadcast. To build capacity school wide, all 3rd graders are specializing in School Time Digital Arts , taking turns weekly with Ms. Howell as the instructor; our OWL Ambassador leaders Grades K-5 and our Peace Keepers from the upper grades, contribute to support our school culture, spirit, and our new and improved recycling and composting program, they also serve as role models for our school wide Three Pillars, " Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Each Other and Take Care of This Place." Our Friendship school partners from Oike School in Toyonaka, Japan have honored us with over 600 pen pal letters (in response to our 540 that we sent last school year) that we will be translating with the help of Japanese community members. In return, we will be creating a video for the Oike School students that tours LEAD Elementary School as students sing favorites such as "California Here I Come," "I left My Heart in San Francisco," and "It's A Wonderful World."
What fun! Happy New Year!


Pattie Dullea, Principal