October 26, 2013
Dear Bollinger Community,
Thank you all for your positive comments and feedback I received during Conference week. I also appreciate your support of our library and the book fair. It was extremely successful and I appreciate your generosity. It is wonderful to see how our community works together and supports each other for the benefit of our students.
Every year at this time I reflect on how fast paced our lives are once we get back into the routine of school. Sometimes our lives are so busy and fragmented we often lose sight of the important elements in our lives. Try not to overlook the opportunity for times together at home to be a family. Often in our efforts to arrange things for our children to do, we forget to join them and to have fun together. I get to savor these moments now with my grandson and occasionally my granddaughter in Arizona and enjoy the opportunity to make up some of those lost moments with them.
Take each day into your hand as though it were precious.
Form it and shape it into something unforgettable for your children;
And while you are doing so, do for yourself as well.
Look at the small things growing upon the ground.
Listen to the birds’ song instead of the radio.
Show your children the very tops of the trees.
Make songs for them, and stories.
Make pancakes with funny tails and feet.
Make popcorn for their friends and memories for their young hearts to cherish and grow on thru all the long and grown-up years to come.
Thanks to all of you who participated in the Run for Education. We had over 50% of our student population (counting family members) and were third place in overall percentage of participation of the elementary schools. It was wonderful to walk along side of you and your children with my blue hair! Not only will we receive some funds based on our level of participation but also it is an incredible community event and I was proud to see so much Bollinger Bulldog Spirit.
Our annual Halloween Parade will take place this Thursday. It should start close to 8:30 as soon as the Cal High Band can get set up. You will notice that there will be a section of the playground taped off. Spectators are to stand on the outside of the taped off area. Students will march twice around the inside of the circle so there will be plenty of photo ops. If your children have PE that day they need to wear items that will allow them to participate in PE including proper shoes. We will be on a Wacky Wednesday schedule. The following day, Friday, is a staff development day so no school for children. The office staff will participate in training that day so the office is closed.
During our staff development day, the staff and I will focus primarily on the Units of Writing that support the Common Core standards. These Units are developed by Columbia University and are referred to as the New York Reading and Writing Program. Our district has followed this program for the last several years but these new units directly reflect the changes in the Common Core. Utilizing these Units provides us a cohesive structure that follows a learning progression from Kindergarten through 5th grade increasing in complexity as children progress and advance in their writing practices. Our children already display skills of being amazing writers and I am excited about the teaching strategies that the Common Core elicits particularly in the area of persuasive and argumentative writing.
This is a wonderful journey we are on together and I thank you again for all of your positive energy, enthusiasm and support.