Main Street students have settled into their new classrooms and are on their way to a fantastic year of learning! I always get excited each school year about all of the possibilities a new school year brings. I hope your attendance at Back-to- School Night (BTSN) enabled you to learn about grade level curriculum and exciting educational activities planned for your children. I believe we’ve assembled an outstanding group of educators, dedicated to ensuring our students achieve to the very best of their abilities. It’s going to be a great year!
Hopefully, by now, all of you have had an opportunity to see our beautiful new playgrounds! They are simply amazing! The students are so excited to have top-of-the-line equipment on which to play. We have noticed we are having less issues during recesses, due in part, to the increased amount of options for students to play. Our Kindergarten playground is just perfect for our smaller students, and it’s a joy to see how much fun they are having in their own area. We are also very excited about our playground restrooms near the Life Lab being remodeled and upgraded! The new equipment and remodeling are your Measure C dollars at work!
New this year is our ONLINE Student Emergency Form. You should have received a letter with your access code, which was sent home with your student in early September. Once this information is in our system, you’ll no longer need to fill out a form each year. The health portion of the Emergency Form will be ready to be updated online soon. If you haven’t already input your emergency information, please do so immediately. We need to know who to contact in an emergency. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer in the office.
I am thrilled to announce that our school raised $2,000 for our Heroes for Houston campaign! Our students definitely demonstrated The Main Street Way by being so CARING. We will be helping Shadydale Elementary School in Houston buy much needed supplies for their students. Many of the families lost everything in the hurricane, and the school was damaged as well. I’m so proud of our students and the Main Street community! Thank you to all who contributed to our fundraiser.
Another great way to feel a part of our community is celebrating our Spirit Days, which are generally the last Friday of the month. You may have noticed our Blue Heron mascot on our office walls and elsewhere. Hi name is Big Blue, and we are celebrating him on our first Spirit Day, Friday, Sept. 29th, when we hope everyone in the school wears either spirit wear (available to order in the office) or the color blue. We have a school spirit trophy awarded to the class with the most participants each month.
Please help me welcome several new staff members who have quickly become part of the Main Street team. New to first grade are Laura Bender, who previously taught on the East Coast and Costa Rica, and Aubrie Polito, who most recently taught in Belmont Shores. Erik Foster, who student taught here last year, is job sharing with Ms. Galvan in 2nd grade. We have a new psychologist, Melissa Volo, who moved here from New York. Lori Aban, an experienced instructional aide in SUESD, is working in Room 25. Laurie Struckmeyer is our new Administrative Assistant from the Sacramento area, and comes with a wealth of school office experience. I am confident each and every one of these new employees will be an advocate for our students!
Looking forward to an outstanding year! Annette Bitter, Principal