December 2, 2016
I can hardly believe that December has already arrived. We are very near the beginning of a new year and I am very excited for 2017.
Before that happens however, there is plenty of good news to share about 2016. November was Pedestrian Safety Month and we stressed to kids the importance of using safety habits whenever they are walking and riding a bike or scooter. We also urged drivers to be cautious while driving, to be on the lookout for pedestrians and cyclists, and to model safe habits for kids. We are going to finish off our pedestrian safety efforts with a safety assembly from the California Highway Patrol next week.
Some other highlights from November include our Family Learning Night. We had over 100 families attend and participate in learning activities in math, science, and computer science. Students from the leadership club assisted with activities and registration – they are super stars! Our PTA was serving delicious snacks in addition to sandwiches from the PTA’s Firehouse Subs Fundraiser. It was a fun filled learning event. Thank you to parents for attending and thank to you to staff who organized the event. Check out the slideshow here: http://www.rowlandelemschool.org/apps/video/
This week we had the amazing experience of honoring students at several student recognition assemblies. Students received recognition for attendance and Honor Roll. This year we launched a new recognition called the Rockin’ Rascal Award – this award is a teacher’s choice award that is given to 4-5 kids in each class. Parents were invited to the assemblies and we had a fantastic turn out. It is always a blast for me to watch kids smile from ear to ear when they receive an award and then see the pride parents have as they cheer for the kids and take pictures. These community events focused on celebrating student achievement are so important for our school. It not only honors the kids for their efforts, but also acknowledged the support kids get from parents, teachers, and school staff. That’s what I call team work!
We have two weeks left before we start winter break. That’s still plenty of learning time, so I expect kids to continue their excellent effort with attendance. Winter break start on December 19 and end on January 13. On behalf of the Rowland Elementary staff, I wish every student and family the happiest of holidays.
Principal, Rowland Elementary School
Click here for the Principal/s Message, which is an annual greeting and message from Mr. Martinez.