Welcome to the 2013-14 school year at ElmaPrimary School. For those of you who are new to our building I know that you willfind it to be a warm and welcoming place for students and families. I wouldlike to extend that welcome to all of you, please feel free to stop in. I am so looking forwardto meeting and getting to know all of the students and their families.
This school year will see many changes in ourcurriculum once again as we continue to align with the Common Core LearningStandards. These standards are nationally adopted standards that will challengeour students to learn and grow with a new curriculum geared toward college andcareer readiness skills.
The curriculum in all of our primary buildings isfocused 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 wholegroup lessons, guided reading groups and read a louds. The program isaccessible via the internet, allowing our students to interact with theirleveled readers at home. Flexible groups will continue to allow students to be instructed attheir own reading level. Opportunities for guided reading and writing, shared reading andwriting, and independent reading and writing provide students with thescaffolds they need to become proficient readers and critical thinkers. Social studies andScience units are embedded in our literacy block.
In Math, we recently adopted a program called enVisionMATH,which is aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards and will help us meetthe increased expectations for a more rigorous program. Our curriculum willcontinue to introduce our students to mathematical concepts and give themopportunities to practice and master these skills each year. enVisionMATH alsohas an online program that students will be able to access to continue topractice skills at home. We will alsocontinue our “IXL math” program, which is another online program that helpschildren 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 excelthrough physical activities or to show case their creative-arts talents. Our character educationprogram lays the foundation for our students to develop strong social emotionalskills as they learn how to become good citizens in our community.
Elma Primary has a strong Parent TeacherOrganization (PTO) that provides wonderful activities and opportunities for ourstudents. The PTO arranges for orsupports school assemblies, reading initiatives, field trips and holidayactivities. If you have not already done so, please consider becoming a memberof the PTO to support the students here at Elma Primary.
This summer, our custodial staff have cleaned anddisinfected every room and hallway in our building. The floors look shiny andnew and the classrooms are all set up and ready to go.
Finally, partnerships with parents make all ofwhat we do possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate tocontact me. I can be reached at 995-2320 or feel free to stop by my office.