Jan. 8, 2021 - Dear TPES Community,
I hope you are having a great first week back after the winter holiday. Teachers and students have wasted no time continuing the important work of teaching and learning.
On Tuesday, January 5, our Area Superintendent, Mitzi Merino, and I visited seven different classrooms to observe instruction and engagement. In each classroom, teachers were encouraging and inviting, and students were focused, lively and engaged in discussion.
In one second-grade classroom, for example, during a conversation about civics and government, students shared examples of freedom, including: “Nobody can control us.”
“You can choose how you act when you make a decision. You can show your emotions.”
“You can believe your religion.”
“Women can be in the army and do other things, too.”
“We have the right to vote.”
“People used to be separated and segregated. Now they can go places together.”
One of the most refreshing parts of being a principal is always having close access to students’ voices and enthusiasm.
Great instruction is happening in our new rotations, too! This week we launched our Coding With Kids technology classes for all students in grades 2-5, and our TK, K and grade 1 students are beginning Spanish with Senora Snider. Please make sure you have the new Zoom link from your child’s teacher. We are addressing any kinks that may arise this week and welcome your feedback to improve students’ experiences.
I want to invite you to our January Principal & Foundation Chat this Friday, Jan. 8, from 9 - 9.30 am via Zoom. Please feel free to send me any questions or topics you would like addressed, so I can be best prepared for your time.
Lastly, if you haven’t checked out Breakfast & Books with Ms. Richard in awhile, it is worth revisiting! During the month of January, the stories I read to students will center on identity, including the commonalities and differences that exist between ourselves and others. On Thursday, Jan. 14, from 8 - 8.30 am for grades 3 - 5 and Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 8 - 8.30 am for grades K-2, we will have a Diversity Club 4-U Squad Focus. Mrs. Riney, along with students from our Ally Action Club, will be leading a very special, interactive session for all students in attendance. The details can be found in this week's e-Twig.
As always, I appreciate your support and commitment during these unique times. Education is a shared enterprise, and success is always the result of combined efforts. Thank you for continuing to help make TPES the place we know and love.