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7/11/18 - Annual Update Opens

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7/30/18 - Neil Armstrong Registration Opens

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8/13/18 - 1st Day of School

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A Message from Our Principal

Dear Neil Armstrong Community –


I hope this letter finds you well and that you have had a great first two weeks back in the school routine.  It has been a fantastic whirlwind of an experience for me and I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with your amazing children.  Students and parents alike have been so welcoming to me and have shown the true character Neil Armstrong has. It has cemented for me, Neil Armstrong is the perfect school for me to make my home.  If I have not had the chance to meet you yet, please do not hesitate to come up and introduce yourself at the next chance that you get.


Throughout these first couple of weeks on campus, I have been blown away by the learning experiences students are having in classrooms each day.  From a book café experience with eager readers to a community building collaboration between two classes, there has been a buzz of excitement around campus. I have been lucky to have the opportunity to get into classrooms each and every day throughout these two weeks and am so happy to see the instruction that I have seen.  None of these experiences would have been possible without our terrific staff that have so graciously welcomed me into their community and helped me feel like an Eagle from the start.


In my first year as principal, I am looking to bring a positive energy to our campus, students and community.   I look to welcome all of you to each school day as well as the many events that will be coordinated this year.  Neil Armstrong is not only your local school, but a focal point of this community.  My hope is that we can make this a place that you and your families are proud to be a part of and hopefully choose to spend just a bit of your leisure time attending some of our school events that will be coming up soon.  Parent involvement is critical to the success of these events and our school as a whole.  Coordinating all of these events cannot be done by a small minority of parents but truly takes the entire community.  If you have any extra time, please look to join a parent organization which are all working so hard to create lasting memories for all of us.


Lastly, on a personal note, I wanted to share with you some major changes that are coming for me.  My wife is almost 39 weeks pregnant, so a new baby boy will be joining our family when he is ready.  I will be taking just a bit of time to spend with my new son and supporting my wife and 23-month-old daughter.  Mr. Don Loflin will be taking over in my absence to keep things running smoothly and ensure your students continue to have a great school year. Mr. Loflin was an administrator for 20 years and an educator for over 30 years.  Before retiring, he was the principal of Live Oak elementary school in San Ramon, thus he is familiar with our district and community expectations and practices.  I apologize for my absence so early in the year and in my tenure here, but I will return on the 25th of September and continue the great work that is already under way this school year.


Just a few housekeeping items that I want to make you aware of as our year gets underway.  If you are coming to pick up your students during the school day, please do not cross the black top, but rather walk on the sidewalk around the school to the front, or wait outside of the gates that surround our school.  We have students still in Physical Education class and others heading out to recess when our Kindergarten students or early readers are dismissed.  For safety reasons, we cannot have adults on campus at any time during the school day unless you have checked in at the front office.  Similarly, if you need to bring something for your student during the day (i.e. a forgotten lunch, binder, or something else) please bring it to the front office.  We cannot have parents going to the MPR or classrooms to deliver these items.  We will ask that students not leave their classes during their class time to pick these items up, but if they know you are bringing it, they can come to see us during a time of transition to pick up the items that they need.  I appreciate all families upholding our expectations because every student’s safety is my top priority and I will need every families help to ensure we can keep the safest learning environment for the students. 


Thank you so much for trusting us with your students each day.  I look forward to seeing you at drop off and pick up times and please do not hesitate to say hello when you get to campus.


All my best!


Jared Gagnon


Neil Armstrong Elementary School

Principal Jared Gagnon

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