August 3, 2016
Dear Colon Elementary and Leonidas School Families,
Happy New School Year! Within the next several days, we will open our school doors to welcome you to the new school year. Together, we will create a year of excellence for our children. Our School Board has allowed us to make curriculum improvements and with our new Math and Reading series we are determined to deliver excellent mathematics and reading instruction, and we will create a school where safety, respect, accountability, support and excellence are highly evident!
We will focus on making our vision and mission the core of our daily work with children, teachers and parents. We are creating a culture of college readiness and this is the year we will build shared understandings about what this means and ways parents and teachers can work together to ensure that every CCS student is college ready.
Please take time to read this entire opening letter so that you can learn about our expectations and the very important work we will do together this year.
Parents, we know you want the best for your children! So do we! We are on the same team. High performing schools have highly effective leaders, teachers, and teams. These schools also excel in family and community engagement. This year, we are going to excel in involving you!
MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS IN SCHOOL AND ARRIVES ON TIME EACH DAY!!!
Our expectations are vastly high this year. They are high for me as the Principal of our elementary schools, and they are very high for each boy, girl, teacher and parent in our community. Parents, it is very important that children are present and on time everyday! Instruction begins at 8am sharp! Children who arrive between 8:00 and 8:20 am will be marked late. If you want your children to learn, you must ensure they do not miss instruction. Excellent attendance is the first step to helping our children become college ready.
In the best interest of our children, the CCS attendance team will adhere to State of Michigan attendance policies. We will be offering support through our Student Assistance Team (SAT). We make referrals to Family Preservation and Truancy Court, if necessary.
School doors will open at 7:40 am for breakfast. Our school day begins with breakfast at 7:45 am, learning and instruction begins at 8:00. The school day ends at 3:15 pm.
CREATE A LOVE OF LEARNING AT HOME, BE INVOLVED IN AND TEACHING LEARNING
This year, you will also hear more about our Vision, Mission and our new curriculum. We need to increase our partnership and in order to do that we need your active participation. Your primary goal this year parents, is to help us help your children achieve their learning goals. Specifically, I am asking that you partner with us in increasing the academic progress of your child by doing at least the following:
- Make sure that your child is well rested by having a set bedtime each evening;
- Monitor and support your child’s reading and writing at home
- Make sure that your child has a quiet place to complete homework and has support with the work. If your child needs help and does not have support at home be sure to ask for help.
- Participate in the Student Support Team (SST) process if requested;
- Attend a parent-teacher conferences to learn about your child’s areas of strengths and areas that need support; and
- Reinforce the Colon Community Schools’ expectation that your child come to school ready to follow school rules, listen to adults, and be productive citizens in the CCS teaching and learning community.
CAPTURING KIDS HEARTS
Great news! This will be our first year implementing Capturing Kids Hearts for children in grades K-12. Capturing Kids Hearts is an educational program that will help our students improve their social skills, understanding their own strengths and building leadership. The program contains components that help to develop respect and responsibility and for our children to practice skills for getting along with each other.
PARTICIPATE IN SCHOOL PERFORMANCE PLANNING
We will continue to focus on maintaining a safe and orderly environment in our school, providing early intervention and enrichment experiences for each child, improved lessons for high levels of learning in mathematics, and engaging our children in complex reading and writing tasks that will prepare them to enter the best junior high and high school and colleges of their choice. For grades K -5 we have a new books, Eureka Math and we will focus on creation, manipulation and the relationships of numbers and units, meaningful assessments and engaging lessons. We have new reading books for our K-5 students. We will be using the series called Reading Street. Please look out for more information about how you can become a part of our School Improvement Team (SIT) process. This is the school improvement plan that will guide our teaching and learning work this year, and your voice matters!
Open Houses: Leonidas School – August 30 from 6 – 7 and Colon Elementary – August 31 Title 1 Meeting begins at 5:30 and Open House is 6 – 7:00
Families, this is the year when we will continue to learn new ways of doing business at Colon Elementary School and Leonidas Schools! We will miss several of our faculty and staff due to retirements: Mrs. Ruth Ann Kuhlman, Mrs. Brenda Wickey, and Mrs. Sharon Wickey and several of our paraprofessionals as well Mrs. Connie Battan, Mrs. Sharon Cross, Mrs. Wendy Cornett, Mrs. Moyle and Mrs. Sarah Blankenship. We have added faculty members at Colon Elementary. Our new faculty include Mrs. Marissa Hoop, 4th grade, Mrs. Jenni Kemp, 6th grade, Mrs. Nicole Stabler in Title 1. Mrs. Sara Lindsey is joining the Title 1 team and Mrs. Erin Gose will be teaching GSRP. Mrs. Donna Dunlap will be the teaching assistant in Special Education and Mrs. Amy Gordon and Mrs. Anne Ritter will be the teaching assistants at Leonidas School.
As your fearless elementary principal/leader, I will be guiding this school community through the work of creating a culture of excellence for our school. We have a lot to be excited about as we continue our journey to overcome challenges and become a school of Excellence.
Martha N Hymer, Principal
Remember, we are the Best school with the Best faculty and staff. Good, Better, Best!!! Never let it rest, until your good gets better and your better gets best!