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Principal's Message


 

I would like to personally THANK YOU for a wonderful 2015-2016 school year! I am very happy with the accomplishments your children have made this year. Our dedicated teachers have worked very hard to make Graham's Vision a reality. Graham's Vision is that "through a strong program that encourages a sense of exploration and creativity, our students will become effective communicators, problem solvers, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners." Our motto is, “Learning from Success, Collaborating for Success, Sharing our Success.”

This year students learned to become effective communicators via our Balanced Literacy Program consisting of Interactive Read Alouds, Guided Reading, Shared Reading, Interactive Writing, and Writers Workshop. Teacher's in K-2 received additional training from the 95 percent consultants in Phonemic Awareness and Phonics. All teachers received professional development in Math to foster problem-solving and a deep conceptual understanding of essential mathematical ideas, strategies, and models utilizing the Contexts for Learning series by Catherine Fosnot. Students were immersed in exploration and creativity activities via weekly visits by the Art, Music, and Dance teachers and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) consultants.  5th-grade students engaged in problem-solving by participating in our six-week Saturday Science Camp and our after-school Science Club.  Teachers collaborated weekly to share and develop lessons that will engage students in learning experiences which will enable them to succeed academically throughout their school life and prepare them with the necessary tools to become critical participants of society in the 21st century. Graham Elementary students know they are valued and are contributors to the success of our school. Our Positive Behavior Plan focuses on helping students become responsible citizens by learning how to make Good Decisions, Show Respect, Solve Problems, and most importantly to Be Safe.

 

Attendance is Very Important

 

Please make sure that your child attends school every day, on-time, and ready to learn. The goal is for students to miss less than seven days during the whole school year. It is also critical that students come to school on-time. Students should be on campus by 7:55 a.m. School starts promptly at 8:00am. We want every student to “be great not late.” For a student to receive a Perfect Attendance Award, he/she must maintain 0 Absences + 0 Tardies + 0 Early Pick-ups. With your help, your child can receive an attendance award for coming to school every day, on-time, and ready to learn!

 

Parents as Partners

 

We welcome and encourage parent engagement in our school. Parents are their child’s first teacher, and we want to help you help your child at home. There are many opportunities to become a volunteer in our school community (in the classroom, parent center, on the yard, during breakfast time, before/after school, etc.) Most importantly, we want you to partner with us in the education of your child. It is important that you stay informed about what your child is learning in school and how you can support their learning at home. Our school needs your help and support – your role in the classroom is just as important as your role at home!

 

Last Thoughts

 

The number one reason why we are all here is to serve your children and you. As the principal, I am personally committed to set the tone and direction for our school. I know that when you send your children to school, you entrust us to care for and teach them. I take your trust in us as a tremendous responsibility. Please rest assured that I am here to ensure that your children are in a safe, caring, and nurturing learning environment. I am also here to address any concern you might have. My number one priority continues to be ensuring the safety and security of your children and our staff. Please remember that we have a closed campus for the security of all students and adults.

 

Please join me for Coffee with the Principal the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the parent center.

 

Elsa Bolado, Principal