Irvington Principal Announcement
Project Community Care
Last Saturday scores of families came to help clean up the Irvington grounds. Over the summer grass had grown up through cracks in the pavement and many areas looked unkempt. Thank you to the efforts of our volunteers, we were able to get everything in shape for the new school year. In addition, a contractor was hired to fill in holes in our field in order to keep students safe.
Staff and family members have been working around the clock (until 10 p.m. on Wednesday evening) to clear the halls and classrooms of unwanted furniture and supplies. In many cases this involved moving heavy furniture from the third floor down to the basement. It was a team effort, but the result was uncluttered hallways and work areas. Particularly touching was when numerous staff members dropped what they were doing to help a new staff member clear unwanted materials out of her room.
Our office staff has been doing a wonderful job registering new families. Irvington's student population is growing, and we had new faces in every grade and classroom. Processing registration forms and all of the paperwork necessary for new families is quite a task, so thank you to Lisa Smith, our school secretary, and Deborah O'Kelly, principal's secretary.
When our kindergarten numbers went beyond 58, numerous parents and community members took the time to write letters to district administration and school board members. As a result we have been able to obtain a fabulous kindergarten teacher, Ms. Kaplan, for our third Kindergarten classroom. Enrollment today went up to 64 Kindergarten students, so everyone's advocacy is greatly appreciated.
6th Grade Orientation
Four years ago a group of dedicated parents started the tradition of a 6th grade orientation on the morning of the first day of school. This year a number of parents volunteered last minute to purchase breakfast items and help set-up tables and chairs. Special thanks to Bobbie Manne who spearheaded the effort!
Welcome Back Volunteer Fair
Jennifer Fortmann and a team of volunteers have been working over the summer to organize the Welcome Back Volunteer Fair being held Friday morning in the Gym at 8:45 a.m. This is an opportunity to see all of the different things going on at Irvington and how to get involved.
There are numerous others who have been equally helpful. It just goes to show that Irvington is a community school where everyone comes together and does what is needed to ensure the best possible educational experience for our students. It is truly an honor to be part of this community.
Principal Kathleen Ellwood