August 15th, 2018
Dear Pioneer Families,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! We hope that all of you have enjoyed your summer together and have had the chance to make memories that will last a lifetime. While we know some of you wish the summer would continue, we are elated to begin this school year as we work to spread the message of kindness throughout our community!
This year we ask students, staff and parents to think about how they can “be the reason someone smiles today” and how they can “throw kindness like confetti.” We have already seen the beginnings of this work on our campus. We saw it first with then fourth grader, Giuliana Fragomeno who helped spread friendship on our campus by securing the donation of our first Friendship Bench. We then saw it with Sonia Parande and Emily Weldon who have created our Innovation Lab, a space where students and staff can create and explore the world around them. We are so excited to see what our community does next!
We are pleased to announce that we are now a California Green Ribbon School for our practices related to sustainability, environmental education and wellness for students and staff. While we are very proud of this accomplishment, the work continues! This year, students will have the opportunity to join our Green Team - a club dedicated to paving the way for green innovations on our campus - including recycling and composting!
We will also continue to focus on other things that make our campus great including PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support), RtI (Response to Intervention), Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) and Physical Education (PE). PE, with our specialist, will happen in first semester, while VAPA will be second semester. Both PE and VAPA will be supplemented by work done in the classroom with your teacher and the rest of the students.
We hope that all of you will join us on this journey as we hope to inspire our students to remember that “Kindness Begins with Me!”
We look forward to a fantastic year!
Dr. Amber Lane and Mrs. Kristin Hoadley