Principal's Message, 9/17/17: Dear Addison Families,

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 1:43pm

The 2017-18 school year is in full swing! Besides our new math curriculum, teachers have been learning and administering our new reading assessment. Our 1st- 5th grade teachers have spent a substantial amount of time with our Reading Specialist and Intervention Teacher these past couple weeks calibrating and assessing students to determine their reading levels. In the next week, we will have finished scoring and planning next steps for each child in reading and writing based on these assessments.

The teaching staff has also engaged in two curriculum collaboration meetings during our early release time. Each team has either chosen a content focus area to plan and analyze student work and other teams have agreed to take a broader look at reading, writing, and math and discuss pacing and upcoming key concepts. These Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are very collaborative as the teams shared successes and challenges with the curriculum and ideas for meeting all student needs.

Finally, we have started our Living Classroom garden classes! These classes align with the Next Generation Science Standards, teach environmental advocacy, and provide hands-on learning. Thank you to all the parent volunteers supporting the program. To learn more about the curriculum, please visit the Living Classroom website:

The PTA and I hope that you'll be able to join us at the Hoedown on Friday, 9/29, @5pm. This is a very popular event that allows Addison families to spend time together enjoying dinner, music, dancing, and the Book Fair. This past week, it was brought to my attention that the event was scheduled on the first evening ofYom Kippur, a religious holiday that begins at sunset. As soon as this was brought to my attention, I worked closely with our PTA Events Coordinator to explore alternative dates for the Hoedown. Unfortunately, we were not able to reschedule the book fair, caterer, and band in September or October. So after talking to multiple families that observe Yom Kippur, a recommendation was made to start the Hoedown events earlier. Therefore, dinner and music will begin at 5pm and the student line dance will be scheduled at 6pm. On behalf of the PTA and myself, we sincerely apologize for the oversight of scheduling the Hoedown on this date and will be more cognizant of important religious holidays in the future when scheduling PTA and school events.

Amanda Boyce
Addison Principal

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