Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year at Elma Primary School. For those of you who are new to our building I know that you will find it to be a warm and welcoming place for students and families. I would like to extend that welcome to all of you, please feel free to stop in. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of the students and their families.
The curriculum in all of our primary buildings is focused on the development of literacy skills which include reading, writing, speaking and listening. We will continue our reading program called LEAD 21 at Grades 2-4. This program provides opportunities for our students to participate in whole group lessons, guided reading groups and read a louds. The program is accessible via the internet, allowing our students to interact with their leveled readers at home. Flexible groups will continue to allow students to be instructed at their own reading level. Opportunities for guided reading and writing, shared reading and writing, and independent reading and writing provide students with the scaffolds they need to become proficient readers and critical thinkers. Social studies and Science units are embedded in our literacy block. In addition, we are continuing with the Wonders Program at Kindergarten and First Grade. This program will help our students develop a strong foundation in letter identification, letter sounds and phonemic awareness which are the building blocks that are required in order to become a strong reader.
In Math, we will start the fourth year of our program called enVision MATH, which is aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards and is helping us meet the increased expectations for a more rigorous program. Our curriculum will continue to introduce our students to mathematical concepts and give them opportunities to practice and master these skills each year. enVision MATH also has an online program that students will be able to access to continue to practice skills at home. We will also continue our “IXL math” program, which is another online program that helps children improve their math skills through fun games and activities.
Our special area classes, which include Art, Music and Physical Education, provide opportunities for students to excel through physical activities or to showcase their creative-arts talents. This year we will follow a 6-day cycle (A-F). These letter days are listed on the District Calendar and on the back of your child's take home folder. This change allows us the opportunity to add some things to our schedule like Keyboarding for all grades and Chorus for grades 3 and 4. Our character education program lays the foundation for our students to develop strong social emotional skills as they learn how to become good citizens in our community.
Elma Primary has a strong Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) that provides wonderful activities and opportunities for our students. The PTO arranges for or supports school assemblies, reading initiatives, field trips, and holiday activities. If you have not already done so, please consider becoming a member of the PTO to support the students here at Elma Primary.
This summer, our custodial staff have cleaned and disinfected every room and hallway in our building. They have moved furniture to make room for our additional classroom. The floors look shiny and new and the classrooms are all set up and ready to go.
Finally, partnerships with parents make all of what we do possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at 652-3000 ext. 2001 or feel free to stop by my office. Thank you.
Darcy Walker, Principal