Dear Germain Families:
The new school year is quickly approaching and we at Germain are eagerly preparing for the return of our wonderful students. I hope you’ve had a great summer break making memories with your families. This school year brings changes and new programs to our school. I want to reassure you that our teachers and staff will continue to provide your children with the best educational experience possible as we continue in the path to College and Career Ready!
As we informed you in the spring our school will return to non-Affiliated Charter status this year. We at Germain feel confident that our program is what makes us a strong and great option for our students. We will continue to work just as hard with our students’ best interest in mind in every decision we make.
This year we are opening a new Expanded Transitional Kindergarten (ETK) class. We are excited that we were selected to offer this program. Also opening this year is a new Special Education class for students with Autism. This class will allow our current students in this program to remain at Germain until 5th grade. Our Robotics Program will continue to expand this year with new purchases thanks to your help with our fundraising efforts. Our goal is for every student to have the opportunity to experience and learn basic robotic skills. The Early Literacy and Language Program (ELLP) will enter its second year in grades K-2. The end of year data shows that our ELLP program was successful and we strive to make it even better this year.
Student safety is our highest priority. Please follow safety procedures when dropping off and picking up students. School gates for students in grades 1st – 5th open at 7:30 am and at 7:50 am for Kindergarten. Please be sure students arrive on time but not before the above mentioned times. Parents must check in at the office and receive a visitor’s pass before entering campus.
Our school will continue to use John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success and its Character Traits. Each month we will focus on a different trait as follows;
August – Enthusiasm December - Self-Control March - Determination
September - Hard Work January - Alertness and Action April - Poise and Confidence
October – Friendship February - Fitness and Skill May - Team Spirit
November - Loyalty and Cooperation
We will also continue to use our Best Practices of Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible as outlined by our school rules.
Our rigorous academic program will prepare our students to succeed and meet grade level Common Core Standards. Our English Learners will receive added support in the Learning Center from our Coordinator; Mrs. Stauffer, so that they can meet the Reclassification Criteria and be ready for middle school. Students in grades 3rd – 5th will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment in May 2018. We will provide our students with added technology experiences which will help them become more aware of technology applications and implement them in their learning. Our teachers will work together to plan, review data, and implement any needed interventions to make sure every student gets the best learning experience possible at Germain.
All this however is not possible if students don’t come to school every day or if they arrive late. We need your support. Remember, students must be in their seat by the 8:00 am bell.
I look forward to a great year. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, calling the main office at 818-341-5821, or stopping by the office. I will do my best to answer you within 24 hours.