Principal’s Message


Welcome to the 2014-15 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.


We are so excited this year to welcome back our first class of FOURTH grade students! We are thrilled that we will be able to watch them grow and learn for one more year!


As a result of this change we also have the opportunity to welcome new staff and returning staff to our building. Our new fourth grade teachers include Mrs. Melinda Harvey, Mrs. Elizabeth Herrington and Miss Denise Reed. Mrs. Kristen Domino is returning to us again to teach 3rd grade. Mr. Mark Schlabach will be with us as a part-time Physical Education Teacher. Mrs. Jennifer Tritto will be teaching musical instrument lessons and Ms. Krista Engels will provide Response to Intervention and Special Education Services. Mrs. Ann Jacobs is the new building secretary.


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 series called LEAD 21. This series 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 Math, we will start the second 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 show case their creative-arts talents. 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. 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 995-2320 or feel free to stop by my office.


Darcy Walker, Principal

Last Modified on August 8, 2014