Welcome Letter school year 2016-2017
August 8, 2016
Dear Barron Park Families:
Welcome back to the 2016/17 school year. I hope you have all had a relaxing and fun-filled summer. I’ve enjoyed a wonderful summer and I’m very much looking forward to welcoming all our returning children, as well as our new students, to the first day of school on August 16th.
The first day of school is Tuesday, August 16th. Class lists will be posted on Monday, August 15th at 4:00 p.m. After viewing your child’s class placement please join the PTA at the Ice Cream Social from 4 – 6 p.m. on the playground. Please see the enclosed flyer from the PTA with other back-to-school activities coming soon. On the first day of school please plan on dropping your child(ren) off at their classroom doors, then join me in the multipurpose room for cup of coffee, courtesy of the Barron Park PTA.
Please make sure your child is on time to school every day. If your child is not at the class door by the time the second bell rings at 8:15 am, they will be marked tardy. This year we will be monitoring attendance very closely in the hope that all students arrive to school on-time every day.
RESPONSIVE CLASSROOM, WHAT IS IT?
While you were all on summer vacation, our entire staff spent a week in training with Responsive Classroom staff developers. It was an amazing week and we are all very excited to implement our new strategies for teaching. From the website (https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/about/):
“The Responsive Classroom approach to teaching emphasizes academic, social, and emotional growth in a strong school community, with the belief that how children learn is as important as what they learn, and that academic success is inextricably tied to building social-emotional competencies. Responsive Classroom provides K-8 educators with practical training and resources to help create safe and joyful classrooms and schools where children can thrive. Independent research has found that the Responsive Classroom approach is associated with higher academic achievement in math and reading, improved school climate, and higher-quality instruction. It has been backed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as one of the most ‘well-designed evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs’”. Be on the lookout for more information about Responsive Classroom strategies this fall!
SUMMER STAFF CHANGES
I’m pleased to let you know that Mrs. Megan Warter will be with us fulltime this year as Barron Park’s school psychologist.
Ms. Sheila French has taken a 5th grade, Spanish Immersion position at Escondido. We will miss her and wish her luck at her new school.
I am pleased to welcome our new 5th grade teacher is Ms. Haley Harrier. She did her student teaching, and has been a long-term substitute at Nixon. She was sought after by many PAUSD principals and we are lucky to have her joining our staff.
Ms. Min Cheung will be our new Learning Center teacher in room 4. Ms. Cheung has been a teacher for 11 years and comes to us from the Sam Mateo County Office of education, and before that she worked closely with our current Educational Specialist, Mrs. Angie Kuo, at Wings. She is a great addition to our fabulous team.
Ms. Charlotte Fang will be sharing a contract with Lara Jarvis this year. Charlotte comes to us from Juana Briones. Both Charlotte and Lara will start the school year at home with their newborn boys, and will return to work in November.
We welcome Ms. Mary Kunitake as their guest teacher for the period they are both on maternity leave. Ms. Kunitake knows our school well, as she is a regular substitute at Barron Park.
Mrs. Sarah Ramirez had her baby boy on August 1st. Her long-term substitute is Ms. Ann Duesterberg. Ann is a retired special education teacher and we are very excited she will be with us until Sarah’s return.
Leo Oliver, our night custodian, retired in June. Mr. Jerry Phok, our new night custodian, joined the Barron Park Staff on July 1st. Jerry comes to us from El Carmelo. He and Francisco Garcia Soto have been working very hard this last month to get the school ready for our staff and students.
Ms. Allison Mullins will join Mr. Ken Bunton as one of Barron Park’s two physical education teachers this year. Ms. Reed will be working at other schools in the district this year. Ms. Mullins has been with Palo Alto since 2011. Welcome Ms. Mullins.
I am happy to announce that Ms. Nancy Felch will be working with Mrs. Kimberly Moore as an additional 50% English Language teacher. Ms. Felch comes to us from Hoover Elementary School where she will continue to be work 40% as their EL teacher.
Mrs. Angie Lew, who was our district literacy teacher on special assignment last year, is joining Mrs. Edie Lau and Ms. Jennifer Harvey as an additional Reading Specialist for Barron Park.
SCHOOL TRAFFIC:Anne Brown
Please remember to drive attentively and slowly around school. We want everyone to be safe as they walk, ride or drive to and from school. Please take a moment to review the attached flyer, Barron Park elementary Traffic Plan. Please become familiar with the routes and follow them at all times. Remember to drive slowly at all times. Together we have a responsibility to keep all of our children safe. We are all looking forward to seeing you next Tuesday.