Welcome from Principal, Tami Weiser

9/22/2011 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Dear Parents,

This month at Stephen S. Wise Elementary we are learning about the importance of peace. Our students have discussed the implications of the 10th anniversary of September 11, we have prayed for peace in Israel (particularly with the significance of the U.N. vote this Friday), and we have had lessons on peace throughout the world. These lessons culminated on Wednesday with the celebration of International Peace Day and our Pinwheels for Peace project. Each student made a pinwheel with their individual message for peace and the classes placed their pinwheels throughout the campus. I invite you to look for them this week as you drive up the driveway.

Speaking of the driving up the driveway, I want to share with you a couple of changes we are making with our carpool procedures. It is very important that our afternoon carpool runs smoothly, safely and quickly. We have started to bring up cars at 3:20 to clear Casiano Drive, and once you come up to the plaza we need you to remain in your car. When your child arrives, please do not let them leave your car for any reason (e.g. run to class for something they forgot, go to the gift shop for a snack). If they want to get out of the car we need you to park in the lot and then have them leave. Thank you for your cooperation and support with these new processes.

B’Shalom,

Tami Weiser

9/15/2011 Message from Principal, Tami Weiser

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Dear Parents,

Our wonderful school library is off and running with students going in to check out the newest books, does classroom research, or just relax with a favorite story. On our web-site under the academic section you can explore the library information to learn more about this outstanding resource. In the next couple of weeks your students will find out about the book clubs they can participate - the Newbery, Caldecott and Sydney Taylor Clubs. Every student who reads from these great works of literature is recognized in June at a library awards assembly where they are recognized for their achievements. Another great asset on our library tab is the link to two web-sites that are a treasure trove of information on recent books and DVDs for children and teens, and a booklist of recent books for adults. The research consistently shows that one of the primary means of increasing a child’s vocabulary and comprehension is consistent reading, and we are asking every student to read (or be read to) at least 15 minutes every night. If you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing our library, I highly encourage you to stop by, introduce yourself to Roberta Lloyd, and sit down with a great book – you won’t be disappointed.

B’Shalom,

Tami Weiser

9/10/2011 Message fromPrincipal, Tami Weiser

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Dear Parents,

Part of the magic of working in an Elementary School is seeing the relationships that develop between students and their teachers. Last week our classes began, and I can’t tell you how many parents and students came to tell me how perfect the match is with their teacher, how exciting and interesting their teacher is, and how much they are already learning. I am blessed to have a staff of outstanding teachers in general education, Hebrew/Judaic, specialists and coaches, and we all are lucky to receive the individual gifts they each bring to the classroom.

Next week at our Back to School Nights you will have an opportunity to meet these teachers and learn more specific information about your child’s classroom curriculum. This year we are trying a couple of new things for these evenings. First of all, we have divided them into three separate nights. Sixth grade will meet on Tuesday, grades 3 – 5 will meet on Wednesday, and Kdg – grade 2 will meet on Thursday. The second change is that we are not having an overall school presentation, but rather you will go directly to the classroom. The teachers will start promptly at 7:00 p.m. and we will end promptly at 8:00 p.m. Please remember these evenings are for parents only, and make sure you are in the room on time as there is a great deal of information to share in only one hour. I know you will come away from this night as impressed as I am with your child’s class and I look forward to sharing this special evening with you.

B’Shalom,

Tami Weiser