Dear Students and Families,
We are excited that the 2016-17 school year is about to begin. We are hopeful that your summer was relaxing and enjoyable.
As we get ready to open the new school year, we just want to update you of a few things. As many of you know, Ms. Hollingsworth was appointed to be a Director with the Office of School Performance and Accountability. The District will begin the process to fill the upcoming principal vacancy at Silver Ridge Elementary School. Employees, parents, and community members are invited to participate in this process.
A Community Forum will be held on Thursday, August 18, 2016; at 6:00 p.m. in the Media Center to solicit input regarding the characteristics you feel are most important in your next principal of Silver Ridge Elementary School. The information obtained from this session will be utilized in the advertisement for the vacancy and in the process to screen applicants for the interview phases.
As many of you might already know, we have a second Assistant Principal. I would like to introduce Mr. Valentine. Mr. Valentine has been an Assistant Principal at Wingate Oaks for 15 years. I am excited that he has joined our SRE family. Please introduce yourself to him when you see him at Drop In Day or during the first week of school.
After much discussion with SAC, it was decided that the Art activity would be replaced with a Science Lab activity. This decision is not to say that Art is not important, especially knowing that there are many of our students that truly love art. We are working hard to plan ways to include art throughout the curriculum. Please know we are committed to infusing Art throughout the school day. As we grappled with this decision, we came to the conclusion that, with the science curriculum being grade specific, once a student moves on to another grade, the concepts learned are rarely revisited. We agreed that having the Science Lab activity would give the students an opportunity to apply the lessons taught in the classroom. I appreciate your support as we try something different to benefit our students.
We look forward to seeing each of you on August 19th for Drop In Day. We will be open from 8:00-10:00 AM. Students can get their assigned room number from the staff members that will be at the tables located at the front of the school. From there they can go to their assigned rooms and meet their new teacher for the school year. (Due to FERPA, we will not display any student information regarding names and classroom assignments. We used this process last year, and it worked out very well.) Therefore, class assignments will not be posted on Thursday evening. Please remember that all class placements are tentative based on class size.
The first day of school is August 22nd. During this week, you may walk your student to their classroom. Independence Day will be on August 29th. Starting on this day, parents will NOT be able to walk their student to class. We have 2 drop off areas for our K-5 students. Primary students can be dropped off on the east side of the school and Intermediate students can be dropped off at the front of the school. (Please pull all the way up in the car line to drop your student off, curbside.) If you are walking your child to school, please drop them off at whichever gate works for you. The Pre-K students can be dropped off on the west side of the school. We will have staff members in all drop off and pick up areas throughout the year.
We all look forward to the new year starting and seeing all of our SRE families. Enjoy the rest of your summer! See you on August 19th for Drop In Day and then on August 22 for the first day of school J.
IMPORTANT ESE RESOURCES
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2016/17 ESE CALENDAR