School News & Announcements
A Message from the Principal
December 6, 2013
Happy December Markham Families,
It is hard to believe that we are here in the month of December. It is said that when you are busy and having fun time flies. It’s true!
Our PTA planned and organized another successful Grandparents and Special Friends Day.
Parent/Teacher Conferences had high attendance. Thank you so much for valuing parent and teacher relationship and communication; these are invaluable assets that contribute to students’ success. Our PTA catered delicious homemade dishes throughout the three days. These kind gestures of generosity and support are deeply appreciated.
During conferences you were asked to fill out a parent survey in order to give us feedback to support our efforts as a PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies) School. If you did not have a chance to complete one there is still time. There are more surveys in the main office and you have until Wednesday, December 11th to fill one out. This information is vital to our continuous improvement efforts in making Markham an even better place of learning.
Holding Up the Markham High Five: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe, Be Your Best, Every Day in Every Way.
Please remember to follow the speed and directional signs when in the parking lots and roundabout. Safety is our number one priority, and we want everyone to be safe in order to stay safe.
Also, obey the law and do not park in the handicap parking spaces without the proper permit.
I was given information earlier this week that Mr. Reynolds will be on leave for the remainder of this school year. Ms. Leveille has accepted the temporary assignment to complete the rest of this school year. Ms. Leveille has done an outstanding job in Mr. Reynolds’s absence, and she is looking forward to nurturing the continuity.
Lost and Found Items
Please stop by our Lost and Found directly inside the north parking lot doors off to the right to see if any of your child’s clothing items are there. On the week of December 16th, the last week before winter break, items will be placed on tables on the cafeteria stage for students to have a last look for any missing items. Whatever is left will be bundled and sent to the PPS Clothes Closet. I would like to send a big thank you to our parent, Bailey Puckett, who daily rehangs and straightens the clothing rack in order for it not to become an eyesore.
Winter Break Reading and Writing Challenge Packets will be sent home on Friday, December 20th with all students. Participation is voluntary. Completed work needs to be returned to the classroom teacher no later than January 8, 2014. Students who return work will be acknowledged at our January Awards Assembly and given a small token of appreciation for their efforts. Each year I am so pleased with the high percentage of students keeping their skills sharp during the break and returning the packets.
An all school assembly of The Shoemaker and the Elves put on by our partners, Tears of Joy Theatre, will be presented on Friday, December 13th at 1:00. We are looking forward to the show!
Our three kindergarten educational assistants are on board now. Please join me in welcoming them. Phillip Riley is with Ms. Johnson, Janelle Boyle is with Mr. Casqueiro and Arazoo Rasheed is with Ms. Leveille. Also welcome Amanda Kopchinski; she is our new para-educator in Ms. Erickson’s classroom. Amanda replaces Danielle Stanzack who moved out of state. We wish Danielle well and we’ll miss her.
I am wishing all of you wonderful, peaceful and happy times with family and friends during the winter break. School resumes on Monday, January 6th in the new year of 2014 - A joyous and prosperous new year to you all!