ES Principal’s Update: May 7 – 11, 2017

Dear Families and Student’s of UAS Elementary School,

The pace of time within a school year is truly an amazing concept. It is very hard to believe that the end of the 16-17 school year is drawing quickly to a close. The school has begun its final round of assessments with MAP and literacy; we are beginning the class placement process for the 17-18 school year; 17-18 new teacher induction process has begun; and the plans for school during Ramadan are being finalized, just to mention a few of the planning processes that are occurring.

Though the most important item on our end of year agenda is your child! Our goal is to provide your child with an engaging and successful learning experience that develops the necessary skills for their next academic year. With equal importance, we want your child to have developed long lasting, fond memories of their school year and experiences. True learning is not an easy process; rather it is fraught with challenges that push beyond one’s learning comfort zone. The feelings manifested by students may range from the joy of success to expressed frustration of learning struggles; thus parental assistance in assisting their child identify the successes and joys is quite important in the reflective, internalization process. As you experienced during the Student Led Conferences, your child’s eyes lit up as they shared with you their learning experiences. Those conferences helped transfer those learning experiences into positive school memories. Please continue to have those types of talks with your child; these conversations are an important part of the learning process.

Last week was the Elementary School’s Annual Spelling Bee…what a great event! The heated competition was between grades 3 through 5. We are so proud of the students who stepped up to compete in the classroom competitions, the grade level competitions and the UAS final competition. A special congratulations to our winners!

Grade 5 Winner: Gahyun Kim 5AB
Grade 4 Winner: Mariska Nettikaden 4SR
Grade 3 Winner: Jet Goff 3AS
Overall Winner: Paulo Mercado 5LW

This coming week’s ES important events at a glance:

  • Parent Coffee 8-9 am on Wednesday in the ES Library. Lisa Gibson, UAS Director of Curriculum, will present an overview of the 17-18 school year UAS literacy Program.
  • ES School Hag El Laila Parade and Celebration on Thursday at 8:15
  • 3rd Grade music performance on Thursday at 9:15 within the MPH
  • MAP Assessments begin this week on Wednesday (see teacher blogs for specific dates)

Thank you, as always, for trusting us with your child!

David Dorn and Amanda DeCardy

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