June 16, 2016
What a year it has been! Together we experienced many wonderful highlights. We begin with this year’s school-wide read alouds and morning meetings, which emphasized themes of courage, kindness and perseverance. In particular, the books, A Place for Grace and Wilma Unlimited were the perfect titles to launch our yearlong theme, The Power of Perseverance. The word perseverance has become common place at School #5 and our students of all ages truly understand the meaning of this important character trait. How can we forget our visit from famed author, Trudy Ludwig? Ms. Ludwig shared some of her favorite stories, all while giving our students tips for navigating their social world. From our PARP Red Carpet assembly to our assembly with Lt. Col Gill, this year has been filled with unforgettable experiences.
Dotted across the year have been many examples of the compassion and giving nature that are at the root of School #5. We raised unprecedented amounts for the likes of the UNICEF ELIMINATE Project, UNICEF Nepal Earthquake Fund, Hoops for Heart and Oceanside Community Service. Through these fundraisers and other community service projects, our students learned the importance of giving to others in need and being active citizens of their community.
There are so many notable learning experiences to share as well. Among a myriad of engaging lessons, students read and analyzed rich texts and wrote for multiple purposes. From Socratic Seminars to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), our students were involved in academic pursuits that developed their ability to think critically and deeply.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our PTA Co-Presidents, Tommy Beirne and Kathleen Schirmacher for a fine year working in collaboration. I’d also like to thank all our PTA volunteers, with a special recognition to our MVP’s, the Morning Valet Crew.
As you enter the summer months, enjoy spending time with your children. Remember to read every day
I am most proud of the growth our students have made academically, socially and emotionally this fine