May 2018 Principal’s Message
National Teacher Day is celebrated the first week of May each year. Our PTO does take time to plan out this week with a variety of gifts and celebrations. I hope you find ways next week to say thank you in your own way. It is important for you to let those who work with your children on a daily basis know just how important they are to you. As a parent myself, I have come to appreciate those who spend far more hours during the day with my child, teaching her and reinforcing the character traits I want her to develop over time. Our teachers at DES are planning and teaching lessons each day for our students, but more than that, the relationships they develop with our young people are what will make the greatest difference as they move forward. We all have that special teacher we will never forget, and more than likely, it isn’t because of a great math lesson they once taught. Whether it was last week or something you have planned for the last week of school, showing our teachers appreciation is always uplifting to them.
Our last day of school for students is Friday, June 15th. If you plan to take your child out of school prior to that day, please make sure you communicate with your child’s teacher and the main office. If you plan to move over the summer and attend another school next year, it is critical that we know that information prior to the last day of school. Thank you so much for keeping us informed!
In the April newsletter I informed you of our teacher allocations for next school year. With our total enrollment decreasing, we also saw a decrease in our homeroom classes—going from 28 down to 26. Our County Executive’s budget came out this week and it will now go to the County Council for review. We are hopeful they will allocate more positions to help reduce our class sizes county-wide. If interested, there are two public hearings coming up: May 10th at the Arundel Center, (44 Calvert Street, Annapolis) and May 14th at Northeast High School. Both hearings start at 7:00pm. Make your voices heard on behalf of our students!
As the school year winds down, I do want to thank you again for welcoming me into this wonderful school community this year. It’s been a whirlwind of a year, and we are already making plans for next school year. I’m blessed to work with the students and staff each day, and I’m excited for the great things ahead! Thank you for your continued support!
Mrs. Colleen Harris