Principal's Message, 2/29/2016

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 1:08pm

Dear Addison Families,                          

Last Friday marked the last day of our second trimester. Teachers have been administering end of trimester assessments and preparing progress reports. Please note that your child's progress report will be available for you to view through our district's student records system, Infinite Campus, on Friday, March 4th. This is the same system that you use each year in the spring to update emergency contact information for your child(ren). I will send out directions for accessing progress reports next week but for now, please if you have forgotten your password so that you can retrieve progress reports on Friday.

This past week was a busy one for me as I presented at both the City Council and Board Meeting on Tuesday, 2/23. At the City Council meeting, Phase 2 of the Residential Permit Parking (RPP) program was discussed as they are considering the implementation of Phase 2 around April 1. Addison Elementary School is the only PAUSD school affected by the program and this past September, the district paid approximately $15K to purchase permits for 50 staff members and keep 10 in the office for check out. At the City Council meeting, I wrote a letter and made a verbal request to provide free permits for staff and office. One of the concerning proposals shared as part of phase 2 is that employee permits would be phased out over the next ten years. I stated that phasing out employee permits would have a negative impact on attracting and retaining quality staff members that do not live in Palo Alto.

At the PAUSD Board Meeting, the scope and cost of the proposed Addison Project was shared. Overall, the Board Members expressed appreciation and excitement for the possibility of a remodel. The Board Members had various questions including the timeline and plan for remodeling other elementary sites. At the next Board Meeting on 3/8, we are seeking approval for the scope of the Addison project and a donation for pre-construction activities. If approved, I will update the community on next steps and a timeline for the project. 

Congratulations to the Addison Community for another successful fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Students raised $5543 through our Jump Rope for HeartEvent. Great job!

Finally, Carol Miller, Nancy Panayides, Joy Frick, Lina Castaneda and I were honored at the PAUSD "Sweetheart Awards" this past Wednesday. The Sweetheart Award is to honor people in our community who have made a positive difference in the life of a child with special needs. It was a great recognition for which we felt very appreciative!


Amanda Boyce


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