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Letter from Principal Kloss, Oct. 12

Filed in Elsmere by on October 12, 2018

Dear Elsmere Families,

I hope you enjoyed a fabulous week! We had a wonderful time with environmentalist, George Steele who taught about birds, insects, mammals and even owl pellets. Please see some of our photos of this great visit. Many thanks to our PTA for sponsoring this meaningful program for our young scientists.

Walk and bike to school day was such a wonderful way to welcome in autumn. We seemed to have had about a third of our students able to take advantage of the weather and enjoy the fresh air with friends and family. Another thank you to PTA, especially Lisa Cronlund and her team, for organizing the fun.

In addition to these special event, students were engaged in the usual fun and learning at Elsmere. Check out some of the photos for a glimpse into our week. 

A few special events coming up next week:

Monday – Grade K-2 will be visited by the Elsmere Fire Department

Wednesday – Elsmere CAPER, 6-7 pm in the library

Friday – Wear PINK day, Grade 3-5 will be visited but the Elsmere Fire Department, Grade K-3 presentation of Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig

Last spring, our BC student body selected the traits Kind, Responsible and Respectful as important themes for success. Together with the other BCSD elementary schools, we are implementing a program called Response to Intervention for Behavior to teach and reinforce these traits.  This framework helps staff and families support children with their social, emotional, and behavioral needs. Over the past several weeks, we have talked with children about how Kindness, Responsibility and Respect can be put into practice throughout the school. To recognize and reinforce these, we will also provide the children with positive feedback via our PRIDE slips which staff will give out to acknowledge when a student goes above and beyond. Students earning PRIDE slips may even be recognized as a Student of the Week.

There are times when some children need extra support. Some of the resources we have at Elsmere Elementary to assist children include:

  • Throughout the school year, our counselor Mrs. Howell will be going into classrooms to teach lessons on how to handle conflict, how to make needs known in a safe and appropriate way, how to be a friend, etc. 
  • Mrs. Howell will work with children on a short-term basis as needed, either in a group or perhaps individually.
  • We are excited to have our social worker, Sonya Christopher here every day to work with children and families.
  • Our new school psychologist, Rose Pugliese, will be at Elsmere three days a week in order to help children in need.

As a result of our expanded Response to Intervention (RtI) programs, all BC elementary schools are also now using the conduct section of Aspen to record significant behavior concerns for students in grades 2-5. This information is only available to parents/guardians and to your child’s educational team. It is intended to help us provide the most appropriate behavior supports for our students, in a consistent and timely manner. Please be aware that we will contact parents directly about any student conduct that is entered on Aspen and will work collaboratively with families to address any student behavior issues.

Finally, we are asking for your input on potential parent workshops. Please take a moment to complete the anonymous survey at: 

Thank you and have a terrific Homecoming Weekend. There will be lots of festivities at the high school for families to enjoy on Saturday 11-2:30. Maybe we’ll see you there!


Kate Kloss