Principal's Welcome Letter 2015-16

Monday, August 10, 2015 - 3:44pm


ADDISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL • 650 ADDISON AVENUE • PALO ALTO, CA 94301 • Telephone (650) 322-5935 Amanda Boyce, Principal

August 5, 2015

Welcome back to school! I hope you and your family had a wonderful summer. My family spent two weeks in Kauai so I feel rested, rejuvenated, and ready for a new year! It is very exciting to return to Addison for the second year as the culture, people, and practices are familiar and we can start the year exploring how to maintain and introduce the best learning opportunities for students.

This year, we are welcoming four new classroom teachers. Amy Foy will be teaching Kindergarten in room 4. She is an experienced Kindergarten teacher from Hoover School who is returning from a leave of absence. We are also welcoming Jessica Collins who will be teaching 5th grade in room 21. Jessica is also an experienced teacher who taught 5th grade at Cherry Chase Elementary School in Sunnyvale the past couple of years. Carolyn Jones is returning to Addison as our Intervention Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) and will work M-W with our K-5 students. Finally, we are excited to welcome Marissa Tessman as our new Resource Teacher. Ms. Tessman and I worked together at my previous school and she is a wonderful support to our students with IEP’s.

The first day of school is Tuesday, August 18th. After dropping off your child on the first day of school, the PTA will host our annual Back to School Coffee from 8:15-9:15am on the blacktop. At that time, I look forward to welcoming you in person! Please see below for other important dates and events scheduled prior to the first day of school:

For new families in grades 1-5, PTA will be hosting two New Family Campus Tour on Friday, August 14th from 3:30- 4pm OR 6-6:30pm. Please meet in front of the MP Room.

For ALL families, please plan on picking up your Back to School Packet that contains important information on August 14th between 4-7pm near the MP Room. Classroom assignments will not be on the packets; please see below.

Classroom/ teacher assignments will posted outside of room 3 in the hallway on August 14th at 4pm. Please keep in mind that a lot of time and careful consideration goes into creating balanced classes.

Our Kindergarten Potluck will be held on the Kindergarten playground from 4-7pm on August 14th.
You can also view the entire school calendar at Many hours were spent updating our website last year so the school calendar is now on the home page. I hope you’ll spend time exploring the website for other important information.

If you’ve been to Addison this past week, you may have noticed some changes on the field. On Wednesday, the City of Palo Alto re-sodded and re-seeded the field which is why there is a gate surrounding the field to allow for the new grass to settle. The fence will be taken down the day before school begins.

Thank you again to PTA and PiE for all your support in opening the new school year. The time and funding that these two important parent groups provide enable the unique opportunities and community building that promote student success.

I look forward to seeing you on August 18th and experiencing a year of exploration, collaboration, and growth!


Amanda Boyce


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