I would like to thank you for welcoming me so warmly into the Shady Side Community. It is a privilege to be serving your children as school principal. I found out quite quickly that Shady Side Elementary School has a dedicated faculty that creates a safe and nurturing environment for our students. As a staff we are dedicated to providing a rigorous curriculum for each child. We strive to make our school a friendly, caring, supportive environment where students feel safe, challenged, and cared for by both the staff and community. It is no secret that one of the things that make Shady Side such a special place is our large group of involved parents. Research has shown that a parent's involvement in a child's education is one of the strongest predictors of student success. We are fortunate to have such supportive parents here at Shady Side. Our active parent group supports our school goals and projects. They volunteer countless hours on special projects, fund raising, and classroom assistance. They have recently funded new playground equipment for our school and purchased document-cameras and projectors for all teachers in grades 1-5. This strong support contributes greatly to the success of our school and is appreciated by our teachers and staff.