ARDMORE PRINCIPAL NEWS

June 17, 2019

 

Hello Families,

What a great year we have all made happen! Thank you for your partnership with the school. It really benefits your child and it makes our jobs easier. Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers who put in countless hours and do all the extras that make our school such a great place to be.

I wish you all a great week this week and I hope you can come to our last-day Promotion Assembly on Friday June 21 from 8:20-9:30 am. I wish you all a safe and happy summer!

 

Dr. Anne Reece

Principal

  1. 425-456-4704 reecea@bsd405.org

 

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School Information School website: https://bsd405.org/ardmore/2018/11/747/ School phone: 425-456-4700.

 

Upcoming School Events:

JUNE

Tuesday, June 18 – 11:00-2:15 Whole School BBQ (11:00-1:00 – Parent lunches are $5; non-school siblings are $3.50) and Field Day K-5 (1:00-2:15)

Thursday, June 20 – 5th grade Celebrations at Idlewood

Friday, June 21 – Last day Promotion Assembly 8:20-9:30

Last Day of School – Early dismissal at 10:05 AM

 

DATES TO MARK ON YOUR CALENDAR

Wednesday, September 4 – 8:00 – First day of school for 1st-5th grade students. Meet and greet teachers and parents 8:00-8:30 and Coffee for Parents at 8:30 in the Café

Monday, September 9 – 8:05 – First day for Kindergarten students. Meet and greet teachers and parents 8:00-8:30 and Coffee for Parents at 8:30 in the Café

 

4th Grade Hot Chocolate Fundraiser

Thank you all for your support of the Hot Chocolate Fundraiser over the last four weeks!  It was a huge success, and the 4th grade boys showed great responsibility and ownership.  Overall, they exceeded their goal and raised a total of $441.91 that will be donated to Seattle Children’s Hospital!!! 😊 Thank you to everyone for supporting this effort!

Behavior

Students have been much more relaxed since completing the state test (SBA). As a result we have seen improved behavior on campus. One area we need to focus on more next year is the buses. Transportation addresses bus behavior but we want to partner with them more to see if we can improve student behavior.

 

Bullying

We have seen a huge improvement in reduced bullying reports this year. Thank you to our parents for sharing information with the school about incidents that are happening between students. It has allowed us to intervene and make the school a much safer place for our students. The few reports we are getting seem to come from the buses so we will include that in our work with transportation next year.

 

Instruction

Next year the school will focus more on Math instruction. We use the Math Expressions curriculum and we will be working to make our Math program more rigorous and ensure students are making progress using small group instruction more. In Literacy we will also focus on small group instruction to ensure students are meeting grade level standards in reading.

 

I am excited at a new initiative the district has taken for some of our Bellevue schools. Next year Ardmore will be getting a Computer Technical Specialist teacher. All students will be engaging in computational thinking and learning to code once a week for an additional specialist period!

 

Assessments

Thank you for your support of your child taking the SBA test. This is a super challenging assessment for students. Results will come out to parents in the mail in late August once the state finalizes the scores.

 

Attendance

We have made a lot of growth in our attendance this year. Thank you to all families who have worked so hard to ensure students are here every day and on-time so they can learn. Students who have met the goal of one absence a month on average (0-9 absences for the year ) will be acknowledged at the Last Day assembly. Also, students who have had perfect attendance (0 absences) will be receiving a certificate.

 

Car Drop Off and Pick Up

I really appreciate the way parents are using the parent drive through entrance more rather than parking your car or using the teacher area. The parking lot is much safer for our students.

 

Turf Field

Just a reminder – Ardmore is scheduled for a new Turf Field this summer. The installation will start right after school gets out and it will 6 weeks to complete. The field will be fenced off and not able to be used during this time.