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Comcast Cares In Our Community: A Day at FaubionElementary ...
This week, you'll be hearing from our Executive Director, Jen Barth, about volunteering with the rest of the Schoolhouse Supplies team last weekend for Comcast ...
Dear Faubion Families and Comcast Friends,
On April 28th, I celebrated a birthday that was just a little closer to the half-way century mark. As I fondly reminisce about my past birthdays in the Carolinas, I can vividly remember my mother using my Spring birthday to as a signal to the family to do a little Spring Cleaning at home…and how my brothers disliked my birthday!
Well, Comcast, Girls Inc, Hands On Portland, and PPS Facilities…I don’t know how my mother was able to get in touch with you, but thank you for providing a much need spring cleaning at Faubion!
For years, our school has been the sweetest little secret in the district; however, we spend a lot of time discussing the budget crisis, staffing and assessments…and we seem to forget about how powerful a little spring cleaning can promote positive health, mental wellbeing, increased activity and a sense of pride of students and the community.
Comcast, you provided a fresh coat of paint, new basketball nets, clean cafeteria tables, a neatly groomed garden, fresh flowers, a new Faubion Welcome Sign, and a $25,000 grant to our school on Saturday! Your labor of love has made the difference the lives of our students and maybe even provided a reason for students to stay in school.
We are entering the last weeks of school and there are many wonderful learning activities planned for all students. The month of May and June are punctuated with year ending learning celebrations, promotion ceremonies, and family evening events. It is a wonderful time to recognize the accomplishments of our students and reflect on all those things that are good in life. We have updated the website calendar with the May and June events with the hopes of helping parents plan their schedules for end of the year activities.
A reminder about student dress: please keep in mind that clothing needs to be appropriate for school. Clothing styles today have children and young adults wearing pants that are below the natural waist and shirts and blouses that do not always provide adequate coverage of the midsection of the body. It is important to remember that children are moving about throughout the day. When they raise their hands to answer a question, perform stretching exercises in physical education class, or reach across their desks or the lunch table, they are unknowingly exposing their midriffs. This is not appropriate in the school setting. Please consider this when your child dresses for school. Also remember that flip-flops or open-back shoes are not appropriate footwear for PE as they pose safety concerns. Your cooperation with these matters is always appreciated.
While it may seem early, we are beginning the class placement process. I’d like to take this opportunity to review this, while noting that we will continue to place students using the same process that we have used for the past few years. Each year as we build our classes for the following year, we are committed to the concept of balanced and equivalent classes, with each class representing a microcosm of our total school and community. During the placement process we will formulate classes which contain an equal number of boys and girls, a range of academic achievement levels, a range of intellectual interests, and a range of social maturity. We will continue to consider which children should be placed together because they positively reinforce one another, and which children should be separated because they may impede one another’s learning. Our goal is to build classes in which all children can flourish both academically and socially.
Because your views can be very helpful to us as we develop balanced classes, each year we provide you the option of offering input about your child. An optional input sheet will be sent home very soon, and a copy of this is also posted on the Faubion PTA website. Please return a hard copy to your child’s teacher by June 3rd. It will not be possible to consider forms submitted after that date since the process will be well underway. Late sheets will not be utilized in the process. Please note that your comments will be read by this year’s teacher and next year’s teacher.
Although we believe that exposure to new and varied groups of children can be valuable, we also recognize the importance of student friendships in the placement process. While no guarantees can be made, we will try to honor one of the friendships requested. However, it is important that you include several potential children with whom you would like to see your child placed. Please understand that we sometimes get conflicting requests; for example one family may request that a child be placed with another while the family of the second child may ask that the two not be placed in the same class. Even if a parent/guardian does not submit an input sheet, teachers will be taking friendships into consideration during the placement process.
Next year, we are anticipating two of each grade level (K-8). During grade-level embedded Professional Development meetings current teachers, special educators, and specialists will meet to discuss the strengths and needs of their students. Over several sessions, they will create balanced classes for the following year. Once the teachers have created balanced classes, the class lists will be submitted to me. As soon as I have the staffing assignments set for next year, I will randomly assign a teacher to each of the classes. Parents/guardians will be notified of next year’s placement on the last report card. In addition, we will send home class supply lists for the next year’s class with the final report card. As in past years, all class placement decisions will be final.
The end of the year is just around the corner. It does not seem possible that another school year has come and almost gone. I do hope your child has not only enjoyed the year but has grown in many areas. Through the year I have had so many opportunities to see how our student achievement goals have been actively embraced by all staff, students and stakeholders. During the next school year, we will continue to link the school with the homes and the community as we strive to continually improve student achievement. As the year comes to an end, I would like to thank each of you who have shown so much support of Faubion Pk-8 School. If my staff or I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to assist you and your child.
Yours in Bulldog Pride,
LaShawn A.Lee and Jen McCalley (Proudest Principals in PPS)
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