Sep 23rd, 2016

Dear Parents,

I hope the year has gotten off to a great start. These past two weeks, the teachers and students spent a few days getting to know each other, practicing routines, and beginning classes for the year. We are very blessed to have such a strong school and have students achieve great things this year.

This success comes from the wonderful support and partnerships that develop with our parents, students, and teachers. In addition, there is a lot of hard work and effort by staff to provide the care, academic challenges, and support needed for each child to succeed. Thanks for entrusting you child to us during these important years.

Part of a successful year involves communication. It is important to us that we stay in touch and you feel updated on your child’s progress. To assist us in our communication, and in response to our parent survey last spring, we researched and have chosen a new communication tool for our school. This tool will allow parents to receive communication from all teachers K-8 and the school in one place.

We will begin using Schoology for communication with parents, students, and staff.  As a new tool, we are taking time to set it up and also determine the best way to use Schoology. These first weeks, teachers are setting up their accounts. In middle school, assignments are shared now in their assignment notebooks and in Schoology. Teachers will email you with additional information.

When you use a Parent Access Code to create an account, you will be automatically associated to the student. To associate additional students to your account, you will use the code specific to that student. You will receive information on the access codes in the coming weeks. Only middle school students have begun to use at this point.

We appreciate your patience as we implement the new system. I am sure there will be a few bumps along the way and learnings as we go, but we do believe that it will be worth the effort to provide a more streamlined communication tool.

Schoology will be fully rolled out at our Parent Information Night on Thursday, September 22. All parents will receive access codes by this night. After that, we will begin moving our communication to Schoology.

We welcome your feedback as we use this tool to help keep everyone updated on the many events at our school. It has been an exciting start to the year with lots of great news to share. We look forward to sharing this with you in a new way.

Please feel free to contact me with any issues along the way. Again, thanks for your patience as we roll out our new communication tool.

Jennifer M. Cassidy, Principal