August 1, 2018
Dear Garfield Families,
With the completion of my first year, I am eager to return as the principal of Garfield Elementary! With summer break, our teachers have had the opportunity to rekindle their passion that propels them forward through each year. With all of our focus on learning targets and collaborative teacher time last year, I anticipate even greater academic growth this year. Over the summer, several of our staff members were refueled with new learning as they attended a professional learning community conference in St. Charles, Missouri. As a result, they are even better equipped to share new strategies and ideas with their colleagues which in turn will make a greater impact on student learning. We are confident that we have the necessary tools and commitment to meet the needs of ALL of our students!
I am pleased to welcome the new staff that will be joining us this year:
Tre’ Chiondria Lathan Grade 2
Leigh Barrett-Smith Grade 5
Ashley Basham TAG
Madeline Schumacher Band
Kristian Svennevig Orchestra
Natalie Reitz Nurse
Kelly McLaughlin SAM (School Administrative Manager)
Recently, our superintendent, Dr. Tate, was given approval to hire an 8 hour security guard for each elementary building. This person will play a key role in supervision and maintaining a safe environment at Garfield. We are in the process of interviewing for that position.
If you haven’t already heard, every student is required to be registered online prior to the start of the school year. You may also attend registration on Tuesday, August 7th from 12-6 if you have questions or need further assistance from the nurse, transportation or the cafeteria. I look forward to seeing all of you at Unpack Your Backpack Night on Wednesday, August 22, 4:30-6:00 p.m.