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Principal's Message

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Dear Parents,

It’s countdown to the end of the school year.  Nine months down and six weeks to go!  Our teachers are focusing on the academic standards to maximize student learning in the final days of our school year.  Lately, we have had a few challenges with our students’ behavior.  Some of our owls have been having a hard time following the rules.  We ask that you encourage your children to be on their best behavior for the last days of school.  We want our students to shine and be the academic stars we know they can be, so we are asking all parents to speak to their children about obeying all of the school rules, respecting the rights and property of others, and taking pride in themselves and their school.   Every child has a right to come to school and feel safe; every teacher has a right to teach.  Please help us in our efforts to build lifelong learners.


Our 3rd through 5th grade students are currently taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment  (SBAC) on a computer in the Computer Lab or a Chomebook in their classroom. We are starting with 3rd and 5th graders for the first two weeks of the SBAC assessment. Please make sure your children are at school everyday ready to soar.  Our students are also working on their Community Service Learning Projects for Peace First, learning a dance for the Spring Dance Festival, and continuing to focus on the academic learning standards.  We are busy!  This year, we are electing not to have the Concert in the Park, the Health and Safety Fair, and the Art Show.  Our instructional demands and limited manpower contributed to our decision.  We hope you understand.


As the school year draws to a close, we cannot lose focus on our achievement and attendance.  We are striving for 76% percent of students achieving 96% attendance proficiency.  Currently, our attendance percentage is 64% and we have 22% of our students between 92% and 95%.  We can make our goal if we work together to improve their school attendance. We have also lost $337,015 attendance dollars from August to April. Please help us reach our goal by having your child come to school everyday, ready to learn.  Students with perfect attendance will be entered in a raffle to win special prizes at the end of the school year.  Let’s go Wise Owls, we can do it!!!


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or your classroom teacher at (310) 324-1153.  Here’s to a happy hootin’ remainder of the school year with a continued focus on student achievement.  Hoot! Hoot! Hooray!




Marcia Sidney-Reed



P.S.  The last day of school for this school year is Thursday, June 7, 2018.