Jennifer  Robinson
Maricopa Elementary School
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Principal's Corner

Letter from the Principal - May 2017

Dear Parent / Guardians,

Thank you for taking our school survey, we appreciate your feedback and comments. We took time at our last staff meeting to review areas to target next year.  These areas include partnerships with community organizations, expectations for academic achievement and preparing scholars to be ready for college or career.  In addition, we will look for ways to involve parent voice and opinion in our school. We will set goals and create a plan to address these areas. That said, our last Site Council/PTO meeting is on May 16 at 4:00 pm. We need your help! There are open positions in our PTO board for the 2017-2018 school year.  Please consider stepping up and helping support MES and our scholars.

Kindergarten Promotion is Monday May 22 at 9:00 am (Wojtal & Maestas) and 2:00 pm (Sulik & Dickinson). Grade 5 Promotion is Tuesday May 23 at 8:30 am. Grade 6 Promotion is Wednesday May 24 at 8:30 am.

During May, we will revisit one habit a week. focusing on Habit 5: Seek first to understand and then to be understood. This means, you listen with the intent to understand others, rather than with the intent to reply. Seeking to understand takes kindness and courage. Some questions you might discuss as a family: How can you seek first to understand at home with your family? Why is it important to practice Habit 5: Seek first to understand and then to be understood as a family? Habit 6: Synergize. This is when we work together, we are open-minded & celebrate differences. We value other people’s strengths & learn from them. Some questions you might discuss as a family: How can you synergize at home with your family? Why is it important to synergize as a family? Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. This means, you take care of yourself. You spend time with family and friends. You find meaningful ways to help other people. Some questions you might discuss as a family: Why is it important to take time or make time to sharpen the saw? How might you make or plan time to sharpen the saw with your family? 

Leadership Day is coming up on May 12th from 8:30-10:30. We are very excited to use this as an opportunity to showcase our school and student leaders to the community and business partners. This event will be scholar led featuring different grade level performances and presentations, school and classroom tours and a scholar panel. Please check in with your child’s teacher to see how their class is contributing. 

As the year comes to a close, we are beginning to prepare for next year. The Leader in Me provides our school with the vision and language to lead the school in a way that addresses all areas of development. As each child discovers and develops his/her unique gifts and talents, they are given opportunities to lead. As leaders, they become active, engaged partners in their own education and their self-confidence, responsibility, and initiative grows. The Lighthouse process will begin with a Readiness Review in the beginning of the year focusing on leadership, culture and academics. A team will come in and meet with scholars, teachers and parents to learn more about how the Leader in Me process has impacted our school. Currently there are 238 Lighthouse schools in the world and only two in Arizona! 

Summer is coming soon and you may be thinking about what your child will do for meals while school is out. The good news is there are free meals through the Summer Food Service Program. Any child cage 18 and younger may come to eat. Locations: Butterfield Elementary (June 1-June 22), Saddleback Elementary (June 1-June 29) & Desert Wind Middle School – serving lunch only (June 1-June 29). The serving time for breakfast is 7:30-8:15 am and lunch is from 11:00-12:30 pm School dining areas will be open for children to come eat. Adults are welcome, but require a $3.50 charge for lunch and $2.50 for breakfast. All meals must be eaten on site. 

Yours in Education,

Dr. Jennifer Robinson