“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop
Back to School, 2015
Dear School #5 Families,
On behalf of the School #5 staff, I would like to welcome you back to school. There are many wonderful things in store for your children as they embark on another memorable elementary year. My staff and I have been hard at work preparing for exciting and productive school days. From decorating classrooms, writing curriculum and setting goals, to planning our year-long theme, we are ready. All we need now are our smiling School #5 students!
Can you imagine an articulate fifth grader passionately sharing his vision for a school theme to over 40 educators? That very scene actually took place last year at a School #5 faculty meeting. The theme the student proposed was, Choose Kind. He was inspired by his fifth grade book club for the novel, Wonder by R. J Palacio. Instantly, we were inspired by him, and so it is, Choose Kind is the theme we are launching for the 2015-2016 school year. Of course, several of our 15-16 school-wide read aloud titles emphasize the concepts behind the theme, including our September choices, Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed and Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. At School #5 we strive to foster good character, which we believe is equally as important as developing the academic and physical skills of our students. Our 15-16 theme is another means by which we will accomplish our school mission.
My staff and I value the parent-school partnership and we are incredibly proud of the daily experiences we afford our students. One of our goals for the 2015-2016 school year is to find new ways to share our school story with you. In this way, we hope to deepen the connection you have with us and to your child’s education. To that end, we are harnessing the power of technology by using two digital forums. Firstly, I will continue to communicate messages and photos via Remind. If you are not one of the 277 families who are already members, I highly recommend that you join. In addition, I encourage you to open a Twitter account. This year, I will be posting School #5 updates and resources on Twitter. Please see the attached document for more information on joining Remind and following us on Twitter.
Attached to this link you will find the School #5 Information Packet detailing all you need to know to effectively navigate the school year and support your child’s school success. Finally, I look forward to working together during what promises to be another 5tastic year!