October 6, 2015
Dear LEAD Parents and Community,
Fall: With the taste of Autumn in the air and almost eight weeks of learning and engagement behind us, we look forward to our first Fall Intersession Break and return to school on Tuesday, October 27th. Our most amazing teaching staff have prepared learning activities for your children so they can continue growing their brains over break. Please encourage your children to take advantage of these opportunities as well as visiting the local library, having fun outside and spending quality time with you, their families.
Academics: We utilized every minute of our previous first eight weeks with your children. Dedicated Literacy and math blocks continue to challenge and support our students across grade levels in reading, writing and critical thinking every day. Science and social studies compliment these offerings as 5th graders learn about the history of our United States and TK's study in science about the bones that hold them together! Please enjoy the photo of their student work with those tiny hand bones constructed from paint and q-tips!
Enrichment: Now complementing our daily academic program! Over 45 students grades TK-5 are solving complex engineering problems as they participate in our Friday after school Bricks4Kidz program in partnership with our PTA and local Bricks4Kidz. Others are acquiring technological, video and design expertise in LEAD's after school Digital Arts Classes taught by Mrs. Howell, three days a week. After break we start our Coding Classes Mondays at lunchtime, taught by "The Coder School" who are providing these classes at a minimal fee for our school as a way of giving back to the Community. The classes will begin with twenty interested 3rd, 4th and 5th graders nominated by their teachers. Please let your child's teacher know if you'd like your child to participate. These coders will then, in turn, teach code to the younger grades and help organize our "Hour of Code" on December 14-18. Parent Volunteers will be needed for this endeavor so please sign up in the office. Our after school Academic Center begins as well, providing small group instruction and tutoring to support students in their academics. If you want to donate to our programs and your employer has a matching donation policy, our Tax ID number is 94-6183794, checks made out to LEAD PTA, submitted to the Principal who will disburse the funds through the PTA.
Community: We now have 19 community volunteers serving as Reading Buddies for our 1st and 2nd grade "at- promise" readers; our PIP program has provided evening parent education opportunities and supported our first graders in field trips to Ardenwood Farm and TK/ Kindergarteners to the Marine Science Institute and Pumpkin Patch in Half Moon Bay. 3rd graders visited the public library and 3rd/ 4th graders have or will be soon touring Filoli in Woodside; our 2nd graders won a free field trip to Levi Stadium and our Fifth grade team just received a $750.00 Grant to help defray the cost of their annual excursion Discovery Voyage Trip through the Marine Science Institute. Thanks to our PTA who sponsored two Principal Coffees that provided opportunities for parents to better understand the SBAC testing, learn to navigate our new web site on their smart phones or tablets, and understand the importance of attendance. Thank you all for partnering with us as we LEAD the way!
Important Date Reminders:
Monday, October 12-Monday, October 26: October Break, No School
Tuesday, October 27: Students Return to School
Thursday, October 29: Dr. Joan Rojas
Community Coffee Chat in the LEAD Library , Spanish Only 6:30-8:30 PM
Friday, October 30: LEAD Halloween Hoot Parade 8:15
Children wear costumes to school Guidelines at lead.smfcsd.net