March 2018 Principal’s Message
Welcome to the long stretch of March! Some of you are enthusiastic about March Madness, but in schools we celebrate a different kind of March Madness! It happens during this long stretch before spring break, when the weather changes and the students are tired. Our last Parent/Teacher Conference Day was Friday, March 2nd. I truly hope you have received quality feedback from your child’s teacher during a face-to-face conference this school year. I cannot state enough the importance of connecting and communicating for the benefit of our children. Thank you for your participation!!
State testing will soon begin with fifth graders taking the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA). In May, we will have PARCC testing for third, fourth, and fifth graders. Each grade level will have three days of English/Language Arts and two days of Math assessments. All grades will take these assessments online. More specific information will come home through your Wednesday folders.
As you know, the state of school security has changed in the past month. While this focus has always been present, it seems every school system in our nation has a heightened awareness as they tighten policies. Across AACPS, you will find more questions at our front doors and the expectation that you will have an ID available upon entry to the main office. It is critical that we allow one visitor in the doors at a time, so we thank you in advance for your patience in waiting your turn. We will remain diligent in keeping our many doors secure throughout the day, and together we will all ensure all who walk our halls are vetted and present for a purpose. Parents will continue to be welcome in our cafeteria to have lunch with their children. Those who would like to attend recess must have a background check on file with AACPS. Parents wishing to support students at recess in a volunteer role must be fingerprinted due to the supervisory nature of this role. As we talk with students about our various drills, know that we use general language and really focus on their ability to follow adult directions. Teachers were recently described as “first responders” as they are the ones who are truly on the front lines each day. We are so blessed at DES with a committed staff and children are our main focus. Thank you for your trust in us with your precious children each day.
Mrs. Colleen Harris