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Letter from Principal Kloss, Oct. 4

Filed in Elsmere by on October 4, 2019

Dear Elsmere Families,

Today was picture day at Elsmere and the smiles were beautiful. Just as lovely was a small incident that occurred. At the beginning of the day, a student came into the office and calmly explained that he had forgotten his photo form and asked if he could call home about it. I was so impressed with the student’s calm, confident way of solving this problem. Being able to articulately ask for help is such an important skill. It is great to see that this is being modeled and taught to our children. This will help them go far in life!

Many thanks to our parent volunteers, Lifetouch staff and Mrs. Calaban who all helped to make Picture Day run smoothly. Retakes are scheduled for November 22.

All of our district kindergarten to fifth-grade teachers participated in a math workshop this week. Researched, simplified and logical ways to teach math were introduced. While sometimes new programs are met with skepticism, this approach was very well-received by teachers. Basically, math is taught in a way that helps children to really understand numbers, how to put amounts together and take them apart. If your child comes home with some “new math” that you find confusing, please reach out to the teacher for a deeper explanation.

A few special days next week are:

  • Monday – BC Wear Blue for Kindness
  • Wednesday – No School – Yom Kippur. G’mar Tov to all who are observing

Also, Making Strides Against Cancer Walk in Washington Park is Sunday, October 20th. If you have never been to this, it is an amazing fundraiser and show of support for those battling cancer and survivors like me. 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.


Kate Kloss