May 5, 2016
Dear Columbine Parents and Friends,
It is hard to believe that the year is almost over. These last days will be a lot of fun, productive, and busy. With so much activity the margin for error increases. I thank you in advance for your patience and for bringing to our attention any needed corrections on behalf of our Learning Community.
As in past years, class lists are made by current grade level teams. Below is the policy from our Policy Handbook. Please send me any relevant information by Monday, May 9th, 2016. I am sorry for the short notice but I sincerely don’t know what happened to the whole month of April. Was I even here?
Creating balanced classes each year is a collaborative process that the Columbine teachers and staff begin working on during a spring in‐service day and continue refining in August. Teachers and staff consider academic strengths and needs, gender, social‐emotional concerns, and peer dynamics as they work to create balanced classes. If you would like to provide additional information on your child’s learning and/or social development needs, please do so in writing to the principal. Letters should not be sent directly to classroom teachers. Your written input will be shared only with those teachers and staff members who are involved in creating new class lists. Columbine does not consider requests for a specific teacher.
SAC, PTA, Latino Volunteer Leadership, and Volunteer Parents/Friends
I want to thank our PTA on behalf of our staff and students. Your support and feedback has made this year truly wonderful and has made our school a great place for teaching and learning. On a personal note, I want to highlight my appreciation for your continued engagement with me as we, as a complex system, continuously endeavor to improve. I know it hasn’t always been easy but I am always confident that together we will come up with the best possible solutions.
Tomorrow we will post at 3:00 pm the list of students who will be able to participate in the show. 65 acts auditioned. We have a very talented group of students and we are proud of each one of them for taking this risk and it was excruciatingly difficult to choose the 18 acts that will participate. Obviously we will have students that are disappointed and this can be turned into a valuable life lesson with your support. We will make sure to celebrate all students for trying out.
As many of you already know we have struggled since the building was built with our sound system in the Cafeteria, Gym and stage. I want to assure you that I have done everything possible to get it repaired or changed. Today, during the SWL program it was obvious that this needs to be fixed before the beginning of the coming school year. In spite of this challenge, I hope that, like me, you were able to focus on what the students have learned, their enthusiasm, and how proud they are of their bilingual skills.
On a personal note, even though the kids were absolute troupers, I feel terrible that you were not able to hear the kids. I went to Costco yesterday and bought two speakers with microphones hoping that this would help and remembering that last year we had the same issues. Obviously it didn’t work. Again, please accept my apologies and know that I take full responsibility for this blunder. I believe that Marina and Danneyi, on the contrary, worked very hard to prepare the kids and should not receive anything but praise for their efforts.
Wishing you a great MAY!!!!