Dear LEAD Families,
With just a little over a week left of the 2015-16 school year, I, along with the LEAD staff, thank you for your support and involvement this year. Whether volunteering in the classrooms, chaperoning on field trips, helping with school events, making sure your children arrive to school on time, or reading to and with your children at home, you have been an important partner in your child's education and we thank you!
2016-2017: Preparations have already begun for the 16-17 school year. We held our new family TK/K Orientation Night last week and are completing an on site Readers' Workshop training for our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers. Our trainer for this is off to work as a Teacher Trainer at Teachers' College, Columbia University in New York and we are so fortunate to have taken advantage of her expertise before she leaves for New York. Most of our staff are also attending a four day Readers' Workshop Institute the week of June 20th, Mrs. Quinn, Ms. Glikbarg and Ms. Kollerer are off to Columbia this summer for week long Literacy trainings as well! As lifelong learners, we all model daily for our students that we all learn together.
FAREWELLS: We bid a fond farewell to staff members who will be sorely missed. Laurie Meisenheimer (1) and Kathy Quale (Preschool SDC) are retiring after multiple decades of service to the SMFCSD. Erin DeMartini, our current TOSA and former Grade 3 and K teacher, is moving back to the East Bay, spreading her wings for new adventures with family and friends over there! We thank Laurie, Kathy and Erin for their dedication and love for our school, our children and our families. Ms. McCoy (K), Coach Dean (PE) and Ms. Waterman (3) look forward to new adventures outside of SMFCSD. Thank you All!
WELCOMES: We are excited to welcome new faces and some familiar faces in new places! New to our TK/K Team are Stacy Moroney and Katie Yanofsky. Both come with respected experience in teaching and working with children. Joining them on the TK/K team next year are: Andrea Quinn (our long time K teacher at LEAD who this year graciously served us in TK) and Angela Kollerer/Zoya Salameh, a new K Job Share Dynamo. Ms. Salameh (formerly grade 1) will also be providing literacy coaching to our staff throughout the 16/17 year on days she is not teaching. Kathleen Lee joyfully remains in TK along with Stella Kunz, who has recently taught 2nd at LEAD, but has a K background as well. Ms. Celli-Woods will be joined in first grade by Shannon Twomey and Rachel Dallaire, both experienced first grade teachers coming to us from teaching jobs in in the private and public school sectors. Ms. Glikbarg has "graduated" to 3rd grade and we also have a new PE Teacher, Dirk Morrison, along with a new full time PE Para. Mrs. Slater spends time next year with her new baby; Ms. Tealdi will be on maternity leave, returning to her 4th grade class in January.
GOOD NEWS FOR 16-17: With enrollment growing we are excited to have 2 full TK's and 4 Kindergartens next year. Our current part time counseling intern Sara Clement (who has fortunately been with us two years) will be funded through LCAP and be with us full time next year and our Family Resource Center returns for its 3rd year at LEAD with Tara Currie Martinez at the helm serving the needs of our students, families and staff. With high academic expectations for all, the social emotional well-being of our students is also a priority at LEAD and these positions and services provide us with the best support possible for students and families.
Summer is almost here and we wish you a vacation filled with reading, play and quality family time. Don’t forget to have your children read, read, read and access the resources listed on our web site and sent home from teachers, lead.smfcsd.net for reading resources and supply lists! Don’t forget…
• Wednesday, June 15: Last Day of School, Minimum Day Dismissal
• Wednesday, July 27: LEAD school office opens
• Tuesday, August 16 2:30:TK/K “Meet and Greet” & Class Lists Posted
• Wednesday, August 17: First Day of School, Minimum Day