Principal’s News

 

Principal Annette Bitter

ABitter@suesd.org

Well, it’s officially the busiest time of the year! I hope your winter holidays will bring special times with family and friends. This is a great time of year to express gratitude. One thing for which I’m grateful is getting to work with outstanding teachers and staff; caring, involved parents; and students who put a smile on my face every day!

It’s also a perfect time to express CARING, which happens to be the Main Street Way character trait for December. This year, we are having a Main Street Cares “Month” from Nov. 27- Dec 15, with several opportunities for our students and community to help others less fortunate than themselves. Our Main Street community is always generous, and I want to thank you in advance for donating. The first opportunity to give is to our annual coat drive, which we’ve expanded to include blankets to help keep families in Santa Cruz County warm this winter. Our Student Leadership students will be collecting gently used AND new coats and blankets during drop-off and pick-up Monday, 11/27 – Friday, 12/1. Please consider cleaning out your closets or shopping for this important community service program. We thank you in advance for supporting our Winter Warm-up Coat and Blanket Drive.

Our annual Second Harvest food drive for is scheduled for Monday, 12/4 – Friday, 12/15. Please start saving items for the food drive, so we can help needy families during the holiday season in our community. As in the past, all classrooms will have a large barrel to fill with dry and canned foods. The class that fills the most barrels will win an ice cream party. We would love to get another award for raising the most food, so please give generously!!

Our Scholastic Book Fair is the second week of Dec. 4 th –8 th . You’ll have an opportunity to help get books into the hands of children who don’t have them by giving to the All for Books program. Scholastic will match our donation and then donate money back to us. It’s a win-win for everyone! We will be “turning dollars and coins into books and smiles!”

And, now for two important reminders . . . Please have your child dressed appropriately for wet weather, with rain boots and raincoat/hat, and send an umbrella with him/her to school when rain is in the forecast. If it’s just drizzling, we’d still like the students to run around on the playground. I can’t stress enough how important it is that your child learns keyboarding skills, a must for 21st Century education and work. It is also necessary for our district benchmark testing and for the state testing system. Our students must know how to type well if they are to truly show what they know. I urge you to check out any number of free typing programs on the web, including Dance Mat at www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/, www.typingclub.com, and www.typing.com. I’d also like to encourage you to have your child work on our computerized mathematics program, Ten Marks, at home. Our students need to practice their math skills in the way that they will be assessed—on the computer!

Finally, I’d like to thank the SUESD Board of Directors for approving funds to modernize our playground restrooms. They have been vastly improved and we’re all very appreciative. Parents, we’d love it if you reviewed with your children the importance of practicing proper etiquette in the school’s restrooms! I’d like to wish all of you a happy, safe and healthy holiday season!

Annette Bitter, Principal