April Newsletter 2019,
Dear LEAD Families,
While we’ve only been at school for two weeks in April this year, we have had quite a few activities! Our Kindergarteners received visits from community workers, including; firemen, football coaches, to dental hygienists to name a few. Many of our grade levels have had the opportunity to go on field trips and Playworks and Coach Jake have been back on campus! I want to thank all of our staff for having a fantastic Open House and a special thank you to Lorry Morales and all of our Art-in-Action volunteers. The art show was spectacular! Another huge thank you to our school librarian, Sonya Chan, for her coordination of our school’s book fair. Finally, there has been such a community effort over the last couple of weeks to bring these experiences to our students; thank you all for your continued support of our school community.
Along with events, our students have learned more about the character trait of curiosity. We celebrated and learned more about Autism and differences in students and each other. Additionally, we had our second visit from Soul Shoppe (www.soulshoppe.com) that helped students focus on the “Stop and Breathe” techniques when dealing with various emotions. As with any new skill, our teachers continue to practice these skills in their classrooms and we hope that you too can practice skills with your children at home. Next month’s character trait is confidence!
I am also excited to announce our new partnership with the San Mateo Police Department. We’ve partnered with two officers that will be present in and around campus and promoting positive relationships between all students and our police department. In addition to this partnership, we have partnered with our local Police Activities League (PAL) to bring more activities to students during lunch time.
Here is a message from PAL: The San Mateo Police Activities League (San Mateo PAL) is a non-profit organization created to provide supervised recreational, social, and educational activities that successfully link police officers with San Mateo youth. It is a joint collaboration between the San Mateo Police Department and the San Mateo Parks & Recreation Department focusing on Prevention & Intervention, Healthy Living, Character Building/Life Skills, and Sports & Career Development. Our goal is to build the bond between cops and kids while making an impact on their lives through meaningful, positive experiences. We are excited to be partnering with LEAD Elementary and bringing our program into your school. For more information, or to become a member, visit our website: www.sanmateopal.org or visit our office at 200 Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94403.
I hope your calendars are set for Saturday, June 1st! Our PTA is sponsoring our first Spring Festival from 10:30-3:00pm. We will have food trucks, raffle items, game booths, a DJ, Playworks, face painting, a maker space to name a few, it is free to enter! Please continue to look for more information in Thursday packets and at the PTA website, www.leadpta.org.If you’re interested in helping with this event, contact Travis Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org or let me know if you have any questions!
Finally, next Wednesday, I invite you to attend our community discussion regarding data from our school. This will be an opportunity for you to look at site data, in particular data from last year’s CAASPP testing (state testing results) and give feedback that will help shape our site plan for next year. The meeting is on Wednesday, May 8th at 6:30pm in the LGI and babysitting will be provided! I look forward to connecting with many of you then.
Amanda Goll, Interim Principal LEAD