Principal's Message

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September 1, 2018

Dear LEAD Families,

It’s hard to believe we’ve been in school less than a month and so much has already happened! We had a successful and welcoming First Day of School on August 14th where, as you can see from the inserted photo and caption, our students couldn’t wait to begin school and expressed their excitement at our LEAD Owl digital marquee.

Our well attended (70) Principal, PTA, PIP Welcome Back Coffee on August 29th  included “getting to know you” activities, introductions of new PTA Board members, PTA accomplishments and highlights, and our Principal Welcome with highlights from the first day of school, and updates on teacher and staff Professional Development at LEAD. As our teachers grow, our students’ opportunities for learning increase exponentially and we thank our teaching and support staff for always going the extra mile to be at the forefront of learning new teaching and learning strategies.

PTA Highlights:

A new chrome book cart filled with 30 state of the art chrome books that directly impact the teaching and learning of our students.
Monthly ART in Action for all classes and grade levels.


New Board positions that will increase community engagement and participation.
Konstella, a valuable and user friendly communication tool for our school and families to keep everyone “in the know” and aware of what’s going on in the LEAD community. Konstella solicits your participation and volunteerism in PTA and community events. Join now by going on the PTA website https://www.leadpta.org/.

LEAD teachers are being introduced to Konstella through a training video at a staff meeting and will be signing up as well. Please sign up today so we can continue increasing LEAD family/community engagement at LEAD.
Principal Welcome:

First Day Highlights included:

556 preschool through Grade 5 students successfully started school at LEAD on August 14th!
A dedicated LEAD Staff, Community and PTA Made It All Happen!
32 Dedicated Certificated Teachers with oodles of experience welcomed LEAD students into their classrooms.
16 Classified Staff support us all and are there for us, our students and families every step of the way.
SMCOE Williams Visit Success deemed our site to be compliant with all current instructional materials and facilities.     

Professional Development:

On August 31, 2018, our teachers and staff learned about Cultural Proficiency through the lens of Opening Doors, Equity and Social Emotional Learning and its Impact on student learning. Throughout the fall, upper grade teachers will participate in EL Achieve Constructing Meaning ELA and ELD trainings that will enhance how we currently teach ELA with content and support for our recently adopted English/Language Arts Text, Benchmark Advanced. Teachers will specifically learn Tools for Scaffolding in Content Area and how  to build language throughout all content areas.  Along with teachers, our ELD Coach will attend the trainings with teachers and then confer with other ELD Coaches, working and learning together to implement best practices and strategies within our classrooms and school. I am also excited to be part of these trainings.

Back To School Night: We opened doors to our LEAD families as parents, grandparents and guardians came back to school to learn. Gratitude to our teachers and staff who prepared thoughtfully and strategically their presentations on Course Content, Communication. Academics and Activities classroom related. Thank you to PIP for providing translation,  our childcare and yard supervision, to PTA for introducing the evening with me,  offering fingerprinting opportunities for parent volunteers, Konstella sign ups, and a presence that is indeed a present! Also at Back to School Night hopes for a LEAD Garden Club were launched under the guidance and direction of Coach Morrison. There were several interested parents who signed up as well as staff interest and we hope soon, student buy-in and participation. Coach Morrison will work Mondays with 4th and 5th grade interested students.

We look forward to the entire month of September as we grow our learning and community! Please drop by say ‘Hi’ and/or introduce yourselves soon!   

Gratefully, 

~ Pattie Dullea, LEAD Elementary School Principal, pdullea@smfcsd.net