Principal’s Message - October/November 2022
GATOR FAMILIES—I hope this newsletter finds your family well and enjoying the fall season. This school year has started in such a smooth manner overall, and we are all feeling so blessed to be back in a normal routine. This school year, we are starting our school days in such positive ways. The morning announcements have served as a time to share events, give reminders for expected Gator behaviors, and celebrate students in various ways. As part of our PBIS program, we recognize students on Fridays as Great Gators. Each teacher is able to draw names from their bucket of Gator Tickets to recognize students in this way. New this year, students are also rewarded for good behavior by being chosen to visit the book vending machine on Thursdays. At the start of the day, students continue to participate in Community Building Circles. This intentional start to our day involves getting to know you questions, which support teachers in creating a cohesive classroom culture. We believe a strong start to the day sets everyone up for success.
From now until Thanksgiving time we will make efforts to conference with all families. Our school calendar allowed an early dismissal day last week and two full days before the Thanksgiving break. If you haven’t heard from your child’s teacher yet, they will be reaching out to get something scheduled. It is critical that we forge a partnership between school and home, highlighting student strengths and addressing weaknesses.
There are many opportunities for community engagement as we move into the next months. This year we will bring back the evening ice-cream social as part of the Book Fair. Around that same time, we will celebrate American Education Week, adding back in a parent visitation. Our older students will also enjoy a social event in November. In December, PTO will plan for a Holiday Shoppe event and the big basketball game with the Harlem Wizards. There are lots of opportunities for families to come together to support this wonderful school. Thank you for your continued partnership!
Mrs. Colleen Harris