Dear Encinal Community:
I hope this finds our students enjoying time with their friends and family and excited to begin or resume school on Tuesday, August 25th.† We will be opening the doors to over 765 students, and we'd like to especially welcome our kindergarteners and the 60+ new students in 1-5th grade.† Our talented teachers and staff are busy planning welcome back activities that will have all students feeling comfortable and excited about their school.
New Bell Schedule
Just a reminder that we have updated our start and end times K-5 for the 15/16 school year- please see attached
We welcome several new faces to the Encinal teaching staff.† Ashley Ciborowski to Kindergarten Spanish Immersion, Marisela Ghahramani to World Language, Allison Zeiser to 4th grade, Piper Redmond to our music team, Johnathon Coldoff to technology coach, and long term subs Tami Chamness to 3rd grade, and Elizabeth Ellison to 5th.† All teachers are coming to us with experience in the classroom and a passion for teaching children!† Also, Encinal's amazing crossing guard Trudi Wallick will also join us for lunch time yard supervision!
World Language in Kindergarten!
Our new world language teacher, Marisela Ghahramani will be teaching Spanish to our 4 non-immersion kindergarten classrooms 4 days/week in the classroom. Encinal's newest Spanish as a World Language Program for kindergarteners makes language learning a cultural adventure!† Students will explore language and culture through lessons that focus on the gradual development of listening and speaking while fostering excitement toward language learning.† Maestra Ghahramani will also be bringing cultural opportunities to all students throughout the school year.
This year we will be rolling out Lucy Calkins' Reader's Workshop from Columbia's Teachers College Reading and Writing Program school wide.† We look forward to our ongoing partnership with Teachers College as we continue on site staff coaching throughout the school year with staff developers from Teachers College. We continue our plans to shore up the book titles within each of our classrooms. Our library continues to accept donated gently used children's books throughout the school year.† Thank you to the many parents who donated books over the summer to kick off our kindergarten reading program.
After last year's extensive adoption process with our teachers, the District adopted Math Expressions as it's K-5 math curriculum.† All of our teachers will participate in two full days of professional development with this new series throughout the school year.
State Assessments SBAC Assessment Results Grade 3-5
As you have already read in the Superintendent's recent newsletter, parents can anticipate receiving student achievement results from the spring's administration of the Smarter Balanced Assessment (the assessment that replaced the statewide CSTs). Score reports will be sent via USPS in early September once the state releases final results. Initial data indicates that MPCSD schools prepare students well for the rigor of 21st century learning, while also directing us to areas that we can set improvement goals.
Back To School Night Dates/Times
Please mark your calendars for Thursday, September 3rd Grades K-2 5:45-6:45; Grades 3-5 7-8 p.m.† This is an adult only evening where parents meet their child's classroom teacher.†† Parents will learn about highlights for the year, along with any information specific to the classroom regarding communication and schedules.† We're aiming for 100% parent attendance!
With Opening day right around the corner, this newsletter edition is being sent out earlier to give everyone more time to plan, but from now on, the newsletter will be sent out on Sunday as usual. †
Ordering Choice Lunch
If your family is planning on order lunch for your child to pick up at school, follow these steps:
- Visit www.choicelunch.com
- Click Sign Up
- Enter School Code: Encinal
Car Pool Names:
PTO volunteers will be handing out car pool name cards on Friday, August 21st at 4 p.m. during class list posting.† If names are not picked up, no worries, we will be sending them home with your child(ren) during the first week of school.† If families are using the carpool line during pick up, kindly hold up the sign, or place on the passenger side visor for a staff person to read from a short distance.† Staff members call out the child's name as the vehicle approaches.† This helps students be ready to enter the vehicle in a timely manner.† Please note: staff can not read names from a distance if the the name is laying on the dash.† We appreciate everyone's cooperation by only entering the carpool lane during your child's dismissal time. Parents may not park in the carpool lane while others are still in the process of picking up their child(ren).† All cooperation is greatly appreciated.
On behalf of the hard working staff of Encinal School, welcome to the 15/16 school year!