Good afternoon, Happy Sunday and Happy Mother's Day to ALL!
This week marks our last full week of remote instruction and I know you are ready to be finished. While challenging, this time period has had it's silver linings along the way. Off the top of my head, I'm proud of:
- The perseverance I've seen these past 8-weeks, by teachers, students AND families.
- The way our teachers took this remote learning challenge with stride, problem solving literally overnight.
- The group of 20-5th graders that joined an optional book club on their own will--in addition to their daily lessons and expectations for continued learning.
- (In the same breath) Mrs. Hollis! She offered to lead this group of students and to share her love of reading and books with them. They had an amazing time together!
- Our Virtual Art Show! It turned out to be it's own work of art. I can see us keeping this as part of our annual celebration of students. If you haven't checked it out, click HERE.
- The 20 students who showed off their dancing, piano playing, vaulting and video gaming skills during our first Virtual Variety Show (just to name a few of the talents that were shown). Our children are amazing and have no fear! Thanks for hosting Mrs. Ravita!
- The groups of parents that have come together to create lasting memories for our exiting 8th graders and graduating Kindergarten students.
- Our special education staff and families who have worked through these challenging times to create differentiated opportunities to the best of their abilities, and for continuing with IEP meetings and staffings throughout.
- Our Board of Directors who have continued to support our school, who have asked the right questions and who have continued with implementing strong systems and processes in place. (A BIG thank you to our Curriculum Advisory Committee that will recommend a science curriculum for our middle school students at our next board meeting, and who are supportive of continuing a high level of rigor and instructional opportunities that separate Aspen Ridge from other schools.)
- Natalie (one of our middle school students) who is the first Aspen Ridge student to qualify for the state finals for National History Day! She represented our school well--even from afar.
- Our parents and students who made our teachers and staff feel appreciated during Teacher Appreciation Week.
...and the list can go on and on. When I think about our school and the warm, loving community that we create together on a daily basis, hands down--we are the best around! Makes my heart proud.
This week, we will finish up our remote learning journey, our teachers will continue to prepare student materials for pick up for the last week of May, we will be announcing our "Time is Now" character award recipients during morning announcements and we will prepare for our last week of "school"--to make it memorable for all. Many have asked if we will have a chance to get together before the next school year begins, to celebrate each classroom and have some closure for our teachers and students. The answer... "yes, of course." (Depending on the state of our community and what is deemed safe for all.)
Let's make this last week of instruction end on a positive note and full of momentum.
It's a great day to be an Owl! Thanks for continuing to build UP our community!
Mrs. Salmeron, Principal