Principal’s News

 

Principal Annette Bitter

ABitter@suesd.org

Happy New Year! I hope all of you had a wonderful winter holiday season and are ready for the many activities and events that will take place over the next few months. Please check out our school website for all of the latest news: www.mainstreet.santacruz.k12.ca.us and continue to read those important WHAMS blasts, so you don’t miss a thing.

I want to thank our parent community for the outstanding support we received for our Second Harvest Food Drive, Coat and Blanket Drive, and the Scholastic Book Fair, all very successful events held last month. Our families were incredibly generous with food donations, as we filled multiple barrels school wide. Mr. Boyce’s third grade classroom filled three barrels and won the ice cream party, which will take place this month. Our community also donated 32 blankets and dropped off 168 coats to help keep Santa Cruz County folks warm this winter. The book fair was also a great success, thanks to our book fair coordinator, Parent Polly Vaughn, Librarian Sara Thompson, and a plethora of wonderful parent volunteers. We sold a record-breaking 2,800 books and earned the library $5,000!

Our annual Jog-a-thon is set for Friday, Feb. 23rd. Information about prizes, the timeline and pledge sheet will be sent home on Friday, Feb. 9th. Our school goal is $45,000, and your help in raising these much-needed funds is appreciated. These funds help pay for music, dance, technology, and other enrichment programs for all students at Main Street. Once again, we will be using 99pledges.com to manage the Jog-a-thon. Each student will have their own pledge page where they can track their progress in real time.  Donation requests, including by credit card, can be sent to friends and family worldwide via e-mail and social media. Instead of jog-a-thon t-shirts, we will be showing our school spirit by wearing a color per grade level: Kinder – Purple, First – Orange, Second – Yellow, Third – Green, Fourth – Blue, and Fifth – Red. It will be lots of fun! We can’t do this event without multiple volunteers. If you’re interested in helping with the jog-a-thon, please contact Jillian Holmberg at Jillian_Holmberg@yahoo.com.

I would like to cordially invite all of you to SUESD Board of Trustees Annual Community Forum, which is held each year to facilitate community engagement.  This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm at New Brighton Middle School’s Performing Arts Center. At the event, we will deliver information regarding key issues and current events in SUESD and also offer opportunities for community members to ask questions and offer input on what’s working well in the district and how we can continuously improve. There will be translation, light refreshments, and childcare available for your convenience.  We hope you can be a part of our event.

A friendly reminder . . . 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.

In closing, our staff is continually looking at ways to improve our programs and processes. This year, we are focusing on our Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program. Please see page 3 for detailed information.

Annette Bitter, Principal