At this time of year I like to stop and reflect on our Neil Armstrong Family. We are truly thankful for our parent support at home and in school as well as our dedicated staff who care about and support our kids academically and socially.
Thank you for your GENEROUS donations to our Neil Armstrong Adopt-A-Family drive. It is overwhelming to see students, staff and parents bring in armfuls of gifts all week. It will make such a difference to families not as fortunate as us.
We have such a strong community of volunteers who spend a great deal of their time here at school working with students, teaching art lessons, providing reading intervention, working on the grounds, hanging pictures, stuffing Tuesday Folders and being here when we need them. Our students thrive because they have support at home and at school.
We have an amazing group of parents in our Academic Booster Eagle Fund. I hope you can find some time to join us to raise money for our kids AND have a fabulous time at the Dinner at the Blackhawk Museum in March. Perhaps you can stop by one of our booster meetings or a PTA meeting. The meetings are filled with friendly people who only there to support our kids, our teachers, and our parent community. Our PTA is one of the hardest working groups I have ever come across and they do it with a smile. We look forward to continuing the school year with all our technology in place raised courtesy of our Academic Boosters because of their efforts our students will engage in 21st Century learning in the computer lab and the classroom.
We continue to move forward with Common Core standards. Our staff members continue to attend workshops about the standards and their implementation. We will be modeling common core lessons for the staff, focusing on critical thinking and how students can present their knowledge n creative ways. This is an exciting time in education. If you are interested in looking at the Common Core State Standards they can be found at www.cde.ca.gov. This website also includes information about some of the assessments being considered to replace the STAR.
Neil Armstrong is committed to children and their academic and social wellbeing. We hold high expectations in our teaching and learning, placing high importance on student engagement though creativity, curiosity, communication, critical thinking and collaboration. Character development plays a key role in our student’s education. We focus on respect, empathy, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness and citizenship.
We believe that together we can create a wonderful experience for our children built on rigor, relevance and relationships.
I hope you will join me for Coffee with the Principal on Thursday, January 24 at 9am in the Multi Use Room. It will be a friendly conversation about anything you may have questions about or perhaps you just want to come in and touch base. I look forward to seeing you there, of course if you ever have a question, idea or concern please feel free to contact me on my email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Principal, Neil Armstrong School