The Principal's Paper Clip
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
I hope you have had a great start of the New Year! As we move into the month of February, we continue to focus on instruction and goal setting. The second marking term just ended and report cards will be issued on February 7th. Please review your child’s progress with him/her and set new goals. If your child is in Pre-k, kindergarten, first, second grade, please be sure that you understand the ratings. If you recall, the report cards were updated this year to reflect the Maryland College and Career Readiness Standards. Keep in mind that the goals outlined on the report card are to be accomplished by the end of the year. If you have questions after reviewing your child’s report card, please contact the teacher. The awards assembly has been scheduled for February 10th at 9:30 a.m. I am pleased to announce that Ms. Monteith is our Teacher of the Year. She teaches second grade and provides her students with dynamic, rigorous instruction every day. Mrs. Karen Dziodosz-Evans is our Education Support Professional of the Year. She is a paraeducator who provides interventions to students in reading and mathematics. She has also been very instrumental in helping us manage celebrations for reading. Mrs. Francine Brooks, our Media Specialist has been nominated for the Maryland Association of Librarian’s Librarian of the Year Award. Mrs. Brooks is very instrumental in managing the technology in our school as well as teaching students how to effectively use technology for research. She recently won a grant for our school from the Patterson Foundation. She will use it to create a “maker space” for our students. This includes the purchasing of a 3-D printer. Please take time to congratulate these ladies for their outstanding work. The month of February also makes of think of Valentine’s Day, an opportunity to show how much care about others, and Presidents’ Day. School will not be in session on Monday, February 20th in honor of Presidents’ Day. There will be many activities in our region for you and your family to explore. The monuments and Museums in Washington, D.C. are open to the public and entrance is free. I hope you have an enjoyable February!