Elementary School Information
We know that education is a team process and that schools and parents must work closely to provide our students with the best possible educational environment. Together we can give every student the chance to make the most of their educational experience.
A Message From Our Principal
Happy Fall Y'all,
With all we have been through as a community, I want to take a moment to celebrate how far we have come since last spring. We have now passed into another season as we continue to move forward in uncertain times. Our school, parents and students have stepped up and made the best of a tough situation. Having heard about pandemics and read about some from the past, I would say we have met the issues head on here at US and have come together with a focus on our student’s learning, whether that is remote or in-person. Not to be forgotten, we have had members of the community step up and create the healthiest environment possible for our school by all adults wearing masks, following rules and being honest at drop off, as well as communicating expectations and enforcing them with their kids. Thank you! Every little bit helps, even social distancing and waiting a few extra minutes for your kids at pick up.
Remote students and parents, keep showing up for each other at each live lesson and advocating for your student. Be involved in what is going on with their remote instruction, including struggles and successes. Help solve and discuss issues around working and learning remotely. Continue to communicate with the school and the teachers in a positive and productive manner to help us improve upon our remote delivery. Also, keep finding ways for kids to learn together when able and be social outside of class time. Host a playdate (if you feel comfortable) to get kids active and stay healthy or offer to take a group of 2-3 kids in the same grade to learn in a group for the day. Be sure to contact the counselors and/or administrators if issues arise online or away from school. All these little things will help with growing the whole child as a remote Bulldog.
Even with all the good things we have put in place to keep in-person students at school, there might come a time when we will have to quarantine a student, class, or the whole school. Please be prepared to have students home for up to 14 days if the need arises. I know this is not ideal, but one that may be a reality at some point this school year. Start planning on which neighbor, family member, or parent will be able to help students learn remotely for a period of time.
Finally, this month we will be starting our Bulldog Families Read Together book, and we couldn’t be more excited. This year, we will be reading The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. This book is meant to be read aloud as a family and discussed together each night. The school has purchased enough for every staff and student in ES. The #1 New York Times best-selling and Newbery Award-winning novel The One and Only Ivan is now a major motion picture streaming on Disney+. This unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendship. Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated book is told from the point of view of Ivan himself. Look for weekly activities and prizes from the school whether you are participating remotely or in-person.
Your child spends more waking hours during the school week with his teacher than he does with you at home. That’s why it’s so important to develop and maintain a positive and open relationship with your child’s teacher. But you’re busy. The teacher’s busy. So how do you break the ice and keep things positive?
Be in communication from the get-go. Let your child’s teacher know of any concerns you have at the beginning of the year and whether or not you’re able to help out in the classroom. Find out the best way to reach the teacher, and then stay in touch by communicating throughout the school year.
Write a note to your child’s teacher. Let her know of any changes in your family situation, such as a new addition at home, someone moving out, a job loss, or other changes.
Make sure the school has your most up-to-date contact information including your cell, home, and work phone numbers. You never know when an emergency might come up or when your child’s teacher might need to contact you for some other reason.
Stay on top of grades and homework. If the teacher contacts you about missing assignments or other concerns, be sure to respond right away. A two-way communication will only benefit your child.
Let your child know that you view your relationship with his school as a partnership and that you and his teacher are there to help him — not to get him in trouble. Then be in contact with the classroom as often as possible. Even if you work away from home, you can still be in touch via phone and email. Just be sure your child’s teacher knows the best way to get in touch with you and that you know the best way to get in touch with the teacher.