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- It is hard to believe that we are already nearing the end of the 3rd quarter! This year is flying by! Having said that, we still have much left to accomplish this school year. I appreciate all of the efforts our teachers and community have made to make the 2019-2020 year such a success thus far!
- It is hard to believe we are into February already! Our annual Kindergarten Round-Up will be held this Tuesday, February 4th from 5:45-7:00 pm. This event is designed for families with children turning 5 years old by September 1, 2020, to learn about our Kindergarten programs and educational opportunities. If you know any families with Kindergarteners, please encourage them to come. While we accept registrations at any time, the earlier we have any registrations for next year, the better, as it impacts our staffing and school organization.
Welcome to 2020! I hope you all had a fun and restful winter break. Our first week back was a success! We’ve welcomed several new students, reviewed our SOARing expectations, and are already back into our learning routine. Please be sure to review the Drop-Off and Dismissal procedures. Please be mindful while waiting in the car pick-up lane, as PE students will be crossing traffic to get back into the school at the end of the day. The speed limit is 5 mph and the center lane is not to be driven in. Also, remember that the small north lot in front of Kindergarten playground is STAFF Parking only. Kindergarten Kiss & Go is a quick way to drop off your child. Please DO NOT get out of the car. This is a designated loading area and our fire lane, so for safety this is not allowed. If you need to park, you may do so in the East lot (the one you enter for parent car pick up.) Additionally, if you are walking across Cashman, be sure you are using the designated crosswalk or underpass.
- The last month has been a busy one, both in and out of the classroom! Congratulations to 5th grader Aishwarya Ganapathy, who won our school’s Spelling Bee, and 6th grader Zach Kelso, who is our alternate. Aishwarya will go on to represent DTES at the District Spelling Bee in January! The 3rd graders rocked their Rome Play and brought quite the crowd. A huge shout-out to Mrs. Befort who partnered with Amazon to organize an Hour of Code event at DTES this past Friday for 470 of our students. Hour of Code is a global event that takes place during Computer Science Week each year. Amazonians assisted in participating classrooms as students were introduced to computer science through an hour of fun coding activities.
Thank you for a successful Parent Teacher Conference Week. I know the teachers enjoyed getting that chance to share your student’s progress and goals. The partnership between home and school is critical and one of the biggest predictors of student success. I’d like to give a shout out to those who joined me for October’s Coffee Talk with Torrilhon. Our next one will be in January. I appreciate your continued support and commitment!
I can’t believe we are already into the final stretch of our first academic quarter! It is nice to see that we are experiencing a few more pleasant-weathered days, and I’m sure I am not alone in saying I’m not sad to see the 100-plus degree days go! Happy Fall!
It has been an incredible start to the school year. The excitement and fun of learning that I see in the classrooms is amazing, and I am proud to be surrounded by such talented and dedicated educators. I believe we’ve had a record number of Heat Advisory days this August, which is determined by the heat index and has kept the children indoors for recess. We are looking forward to a cooler September!