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November 8, 2016

Dear LEAD Parents and Community,

Clocks have changed, harvest moons greet us in the evenings, and the Book Fair has concluded with many new Scholastic titles available to our Book Fair shoppers. Our first Fall Festival is now a wonderful memory of an evening where over 500 members of our school community came together for an evening of Conversation, Halloween Parading and Trick or Treating, face painting, photo ops, delectable food cooked and donated by our parent community, and a whole lot of fun! Many thanks to our teachers, librarian, and countless volunteers and donators! A special shout out to our PTA Association Leaders and friends who inspired us all through their ideas, dedication and hard work to make it ALL happen! Profits raised from the Book Faire and Fall Festival will benefit our literacy programs and help stock our library shelves.

November continues our focus on exemplary teaching and learning in our classrooms, more educational and enriching field trips for our students, school tours, Mrs. Dullea’s goal setting with upper grade students, celebrating Thanksgiving, the beginning of Fall Parent Teacher Conferences, the Triple P Coffee Chat ( change of date due to tours) , after school Academic Center and more after school enrichment opportunities including Monday Drama Classes for upper grades and Friday ‘Chef It Up’ Cooking Class for all ages!

Teaching and Learning: LEAD teachers continue their professional development with our literacy and math coaches while their students benefit from this high level of professional development taking place weekly on our campus. Please make sure your students are getting enough sleep at night; 8:30 should be the latest they are in bed and falling asleep!

Field Trip Samplings: Third graders experience the HEAL Farm project. Age-appropriate activities, demonstrations, hands-on exhibits and exploration areas focus on science, the environment, health, and nutrition. The Farm Instructors work with teachers to complement and reinforce classroom curriculum and educational goals while providing students with a unique opportunity to get their hands in the soil, grow, harvest and eat farm-fresh produce. 1) Groups visit the farm twice a school year to see the full cycle of a farm. 2) Instruction is backed by Science Content Standards 3) Students learn to prepare healthy, tasty snacks with produce from the farm. Third graders shared their thoughts with me: “My favorite part was when we tasted the strawberries and picked cherry tomatoes.” Isaiah C. “We did a weed race and got all of the weeds and learned how they choke the plants.” Ahtzyri A. and “We were amazed at what we saw on the farm, hay, seeds, and harvesting.” Arlene A. Fourth and Fifth graders will attend and delight in "Seussical the Musical" this week, K, 1 and 2 students continue their in-house field trip experiences with CuriOdyssey, hands on experiential learning based on the Next Generation Science Standards, and another author visit in partnership with the Reading Bug happens on December 1st.

Principal/ PIP/PTA Board and Association Coffee Chat Wednesday, November 30: Come celebrate our successful Fall Festival and Book Faire, honor the volunteers, learn the latest news from our PTA Association (That’s you!) including information on the membership drive, enjoy our first grade students from Room 26 perform their Readers' Theater, mix and mingle, complete the Safe Routes to School Survey, and help us plan for more community involvement at LEAD.

Friday, November 11th: Veterans’ Day, School Holiday
Friday, November 18th: 8:30-10:00 School TK/K Tour (Visits other grade levels if time)
Friday, November 18th: Spirit Theme Patriotic Day, “Red, White and Blue Day”
Weds, November 30th: 8:15-9:15 Principal/ PTA/ PIP Coffee Chat LGI (NEW DATE)
Weds, November 30-Weds December 7th: Minimum Day Dismissals: 6 days of Conferences
Thursday, December 1st: Kindergarten Information Meetings for Incoming TK/K Students
Bayside Performing Arts Center, 9-10:30, 12:00-1:30, 6:00-7:30pm

I look forward to seeing you all soon and definitely at our Coffee Chat on November 30th at 8:15 in the LGI.


~Pattie Dullea