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Letter from Interim Principal Andy Baker, Nov. 17

Filed in Elsmere by on November 17, 2017

Dear Elsmere Families,

I hope everyone had a nice week! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we emphasize the importance of gratitude in our school and our community. Last week we thanked our Veterans for their service. This week I want to thank the parents of our PTA for the tireless work they do to support our school. Providing food for the Board of Education meeting, coordinating the after school enrichment program, and organizing the Jump Start program are just a few of the many things they did this week here at Elsmere!

The parent-teacher conferences, which began this week, are one of the best windows you have into the world of your children here at school. I encourage all parents to be actively involved in the process, to find ways you can support our shared goals for your children at home, and to take the time to soak in all the great feedback the teachers provide. As a parent, I remember getting so excited to see everything my kids were doing at school! Here at Elsmere, I have seen first-hand the importance teachers place on these conferences as an opportunity to share with you the many facets of your children that they foster each day.

This week, we had our first lockdown drill, which went very smoothly. As educators, we take very seriously our role in ensuring a safe and secure learning environment for the students. While it may sometimes be daunting for children to practice and discuss our safety procedures, it is vitally important that everyone in the building knows exactly what to do in the rare case of an emergency. In short, we are confident that our plans are thorough and we are well prepared.

Finally, I would like to, on behalf of Mrs. Kloss and the entire Elsmere staff, take this opportunity to extend a huge thank you to the BC community for the love and support demonstrated at this difficult time.  From handmade cards by the students for Kate (which I know she LOVES receiving, so keep them coming), to the loads of comfort food being provided by other BC staff and our PTA, it’s very evident to all of us here at Elsmere that we are members of a wonderful “family”.

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Andy Baker