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Principal's Update November 7, 2021

Dear Addison Families,

 

This past Friday, November 5th, marked the end of our first trimester! One of the things I enjoy about being an educator is that there are milestones in our work that give us the opportunity to reflect, analyze, plan, and set goals. As I reflect on the first trimester of the 2021-22 school year, I feel a great sense of achievement at the fact that we have successfully had 340 students return to full time, in-person instruction with only two positive student/staff COVID cases. This accomplishment is due to a number of hard working, thoughtful individuals across PAUSD. It gives me great pride to work in such a phenomenal school district where milestones like this, that seemed unimaginable a year ago, are possible.

 

We had our monthly school-wide student assembly this past Monday and I shared this same pride with our students as they have worked so hard during the first trimester. Everyone’s life was disrupted and affected in some way last year but they have persevered through the challenges and changes and are back on track with learning and social-emotional growth. Every student is on their own journey in these two areas so hopefully the parent-teacher conferences this past month gave you a glimpse into the strengths and areas for growth for your child(ren).

 

On Monday, November 8th, I’ll be holding a virtual Principal’s Coffee via Zoom. I schedule these once per trimester to provide updates and then leave time for Q&A. This Monday, I’m going to highlight how Addison has been working on the five PAUSD Goal Areas – Early Literacy, Equity, Mental Health, Attendance, and Service to Others. Our staff has been working hard and making progress in each of these areas, which I’m excited to share with you. I hope you’ll be able to join me on Monday; please see invitation below:

 

Principal’s Coffee- Monday, November 8th @4pm

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 893 5955 0610

 

One of the unique and wonderful aspects of Addison is our diverse community as many of our families will be celebrating Diwali, Día de los Muertos, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Hanukkah this month.  Some of our students have been sharing their culture and celebrations in class or our school-wide assembly, so I have encouraged all students to either reach out to me or their classroom teacher to share more about their traditions during this special time of year. We will have a couple of school holidays this month – so please mark your calendars that there is NO SCHOOL this Thursday, November 11th, to honor Veteran’s Day, and then students will return on Friday, November 12th. We will have our Thanksgiving Break for an entire week from November 22-26th. Wishing you all the best as we celebrate these important holidays!

 

Fondly,

Amanda Boyce

Principal