Principal's Message, 10/01/17: Dear Addison Families,

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 1:44pm

I had a great time dancing and eating with your families this past Friday at the Hoedown!  Thank you very much to the PTA Hoedown Committee for the hours you spent coordinating the music, food, decorations, and set up and clean up.  I also want to acknowledge the hard work of the PTA Book Fair Committee. They were setting up last Friday and Saturday 9/22-9/23 and hosted a wonderful staff book preview and tea last Tuesday. Thanks to the many volunteers who worked at the book fair this past week.

Next week, we are participating in Walk and Roll Week(see below). This is also a good time to remind families that Addison Ave. is a NO PARKING zone the entire length parallel to the school. Guardians can stop and drop off their children but should not leave their car unattended.

This Friday, 10/6, we have a Staff Development Day. In the morning, teachers will be learning more about ournew math curriculum, Bridges. Once again, teachers from around the district will come together to share their questions and insights.  We will return to Addison in the afternoon and are focusing our conversations on social/ emotional learning (SEL). We are going to look at the SEL standards at each grade level and how our classroom practices and routines support the standards. Teachers will have the opportunity to share their learning from theResponsive Classroom training they attended last summer and we will also discuss how to authentically integrate the lessons from Project Cornerstone and our monthly Lifeskills.

Full day Kindergarten will begin the week of 10/9. All Kinders will be dismissed at 2:20pm except on Wednesdays when all students are released at 1:15pm. We
would like to have Kindergarten students stay in their play yard during lunch and lunch recess but need 3-4 campus supervisors to support the students. This is a temporary commitment as the Kindergarten students will eventually transition to the main playground in the new year. If you are able to work or volunteer a couple days per week in the K yard starting on 10/9 please email me. Kindergarten lunch will run from 12-12:45pm on M, T, Th, and F and 11:50am-12:30pm on Wednesdays.

Finally, I've had a few parents ask me recently about our upcoming construction project. In case you are new to Addison, the PAUSD Board adopted the design plans for a remodel in September 2016, and the blueprints were sent to the Department of State Architects (DSA) in September 2017. At this time, we are anticipating the approval of the blueprints in May 2018 and for construction to begin in early September 2018. If you would like to see the designs or leave a comment regarding the project, please log in to: Please enter the password: gelfand165

Amanda Boyce
Addison Principal

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