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Welcome to Stephenson Elementary School, Home of the Lions!
Welcome to 2015-2016 school year. I am very proud to be the new principal of Stephenson Elementary. I look forward to building a professional relationship with staff, parents and students. We will continue to strive towards excellence and that our Achievement Scores continues to rise for all students. We will continue to work on improving writing; reading and math at all grade levels and provide staff with the professional development to gain strategies to teach to our children. Our school 2014 report card will be out soon and each family will receive a copy of our school performance as well as their individual student report. A huge part of this success is our teachers and their efforts to work hard and provide the very best education to our students.
We have a few staff changes for 2015-2016 and you will have the opportunity to meet those new staff members as well as our current staff during both Back to School events which are: Back to School Picnic on September 11th and Back to School Night on September 17th. More details to follow on these events.
Most students were informed of their classroom placement at the end of June. However, a few changes have occurred over the summer as well as the past few weeks in order to balance classrooms. Updated class lists will be posted in the main hall near the office on Thursday, August 27, 2015. Please do not call the office for this information as we will not release UPDATED class lists until the morning of August 27, 2015.
To assist you with the day-to-day goings-on, we will again be producing a 2015-2016 Parent/Student Handbook. This handbook contains the calendar for the entire school year and important information about the school. Please feel free to contact us regarding anything that is not explained in this handbook or if an item needs further clarification. Look for the Parent/Student Handbook in the Opening Day Packet sent home on the first day of school.
The first day of school for 1st through 5th grades is Thursday, August 27th and for Kindergarten is Tuesday, September 1st. The morning bell will ring at 7:53am, tardy bell will ring at 8:00am and the student day ends at 2:15pm. The cafeteria will be open at 7:45am for grades K-5. If you are walking your child, please make sure to take him/her to the cafeteria. ALL students will report to the cafeteria in the AM. They will line up and be escorted to classroom by their teacher to walk them to class. PLEASE DO NOT drop you child off at their teacher’s door and PLEASE make sure you sign in at the main office and wear a VISITOR badge if you plan to be in the building.
Each Wednesday, a packet of materials will come home. In this packet are critical and time-sensitive communications from the principal, PTA, teachers, and community organizations. Please remind your child to bring this packet home, have you sign it and return it to school. Every week the Friday Principal Newsletter will be emailed to families through the Stephenson/Parent List Serve. If for some reason you are not on the parent list serve, please send an email to Carlos Galindo at email@example.com. We will have a few hard copy newsletters in the main office. Our website will be updated weekly with information regarding the school events and information at www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/stephenson/.
Parents are welcome to visit our school! Whenever you come into the school, you are to check in at the main office. It is important that you make prior arrangements with your child’s teachers to observe in the classroom. Conferences are not convenient during this type of visit, but teachers are available before and after school with an appointment. Please call or email your teacher directly to arrange an appointment.
The children of Stephenson truly benefit from parent and community volunteers. All volunteers should sign in and out in the office. For your protection and that of the children, we require all volunteers to have filled out the Criminal History Background form. Once approved, your background check will be valid for three years. Saturday, August 22nd is the annual Project Community Care Day. Please join us in helping to clean up school grounds. The time is 9:00am-12:00pm. Please bring gloves, rakes, and gardening tools. Your help is greatly needed and appreciated.
Update on School Improvements
This summer was filled with BOND improvements for our school. A new roof and seismic upgrades were completed. Back in June when I was introduced to staff I noticed the desperate painting issues on the outside of the school. I spoke to a few PTA members about my concern over the summer and they agreed the need for improvement. I was informed that they have been trying to paint for years and had some money to go towards the cause. On July 1st I made it my number one priority to get the school painted as it’s been long overdue. As your new principal I was hoping to set a new exciting tone for our school learning community. Today as I write this letter; the work is getting completed and I am most happy of the effort. Hopefully you will notice the change and support the work as we work together for the next years to come.
In closing, THANK YOU for the opportunity to work and grow as the principal of Stephenson Elementary. I am up to the challenge and look forward to building a positive relationship with each and every one of you. Stephenson’s OPEN HOUSE/Back to School Night is Thursday, September 17th from 6:00pm-7:30pm. I hope to see you there to greet you!
Carlos Galindo, Principal
Stephenson Elementary School Calendar
Saturday, August 22: Project Community Clean Up Day – 9:00am-12:00pm
Please come join us and help clean up Stephenson Elementary School grounds.
Thursday, August 27: First day of school for 1st-5th grader students.
Tuesday, September 1: First day of school for Kindergarten students.
PTA Meeting Tuesday, April 14 at 8AM. We hope to see you all there!