In the sweetness of friendship; let there be laughter and the sharing of pleasures. For in the dew
of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
June 6, 2014
Dear Bollinger Community,
It is time to gear up for goodbyes as some of our dearest friends move on to the next stage of
their lives at Iron Horse Middle School, or wherever their paths may take them. Today was an
amazing day with Lunch on the Green and an opportunity to say thank you to all of our families
and this outstanding community.
I have a few special thank “you’s” as we wrap up this year.
• To all of the families that are leaving us that have volunteered so graciously in donations
of time, energy, and financial support, you will be missed.
• To the boy scouts and girl scouts who raised our flags at each monthly community flag
salute; thank you for your heartfelt patriotism and support of Bulldog Pride.
• To more of our scouts and their families who helped plant, clean up, and beautify our
• To all members of PTA, Ed Fund, and Site Council, who have dedicated hours of time,
sharing their passion and devotion towards making Bollinger the outstanding school it is
and clearly saying that our children matter.
• To the outstanding staff, certificated and classified, who have chosen this profession for
the love of children.
• And, to our children – thank you for bringing a smile to my face every single day.
And, most of all I want to thank Bobbie Skelton for her years of service and dedication to the
children of Bollinger and wish her a very fond farewell as she retires and enters into an exciting
new stage of her life.
Many of you ask what you can do for your children during the summer. Here are a few ideas.
Visit your library, join in their summer activities, read to your children and let them read to you.
Have them journal their summer adventures to practice their writing skills. In particular, have
them focus on one small moment and what makes that moment special. If you have iPads or
iPods, have them read and record books or their own writing and have them read it again and
again, and practice “fluency” and “voice.” If it’s available have them practice Raz Kids or IXL
Math. These are all fun ways to stay active and busy and not realize that they are doing that
dreadful “e” word which is something “educational.”
I asked our district facilities personnel about work on our school gates and fences and received
this update this week. The following work is scheduled between June 16, 2014 and June 27,
1. Install closers and expanded metal panels at 7 gates
2. Install pedestrian and vehicular gates at Fire Road near Kid’s Country building
Once this work is completed we will review next steps with respect to additional changes with
our fences, gates, and hopefully additional parking in the area in front of the 600 wing next to the
Although this is the last formal Newsletter for this year, there will be much more information
coming out in the next few weeks through Constant Contact and School Messenger, and look for
our newest communication system called Peachjar that will contain all of our school flyers in the
very near future. (One more process for us to learn but aiming for paperless communication.)
There will be many more “thank yous” and last minute reminders as we prepare for next year. I
look forward to seeing many of you next week and will have the Kleenex handy as we say
goodbye to another school year and some dear friends.
Our bell schedule for the last day of school is
Kinder 8:15 – 11:38
Grades 1 – 5 8:30 – 12:08
SDC Grades K – 5 8:15 – 11:50
Principal of the Best School EVER
A California Distinguished School