April 1st, 2015
Please enjoy the upcoming Spring Break – We wish your family sunshine and safe travels. (Or extra good sleeping-in days if that’s more appropriate . . . and read some good books!) Break begins at the end of the day on Thursday, April 2nd, and school resumes on April 13th.
Spring is here (sometimes anyway)! That means that the playground will be sloppy for a while. So continue to bring those boots . . . and having an extra set of clothes at school always helps! On those days where the layers come off during recess – be sure and check the lost and found.
Included in this week’s packet are the class placement forms. It’s that time again! As we begin to plan ahead for fall, we are seeking input from families about next year’s class configurations. Our placement policy is included in this week’s packet – please take time to read it over carefully before filling out your forms. We will be adding an additional class for early elementary students this year, which automatically means there may be some shifts in assignments (and additions) to our teaching staff. We await district decisions as we work through the planning process.
We strongly encourage you to send us your input, but please remember that while your job is to advocate for your children, the job of the staff is to advocate for all of our students at the same time. Specific requests for meetings regarding placement are not fair – if we can’t provide that kind of special access for all, we cannot provide it for some. Your written form is the vehicle for your input. Direct teacher requests cannot be honored. At most grade levels, we have four homerooms. When you ask for one specific teacher, you need to remember that there is only a ~25% chance that your request might be honored. We have over 55 students per grade. Because A2O is a multi-graded program, any one teacher might have only 12-14 spots for new students. Giving us the many other pieces of information we require allows us to carefully consider all of your child’s needs and to be fair to all children.
"The Board of Education has determined that it is necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the school district to remodel, equip, furnish, reequip and refurnish existing school buildings including classroom furnishings, performing arts facilities and secure school entrances. This bond also includes the acquisition of school buses and musical instruments and improves athletic fields and structures as well as playgrounds.”
Find out More! Community Bond Meetings, 6:30pm
April 14 @ Slauson Middle School April 16 @ Tappan Middle School
April 21 @ Scarlett Middle School April 23 @ Clague Middle School
April 30 @ Forsythe Middle School