News and Notes from Principal Goetz

Principal Tammy Goetz

November 2016

Dear Seward Families,

The 2016–17 school year is off to a great start! We are finding our way around the additions to our school and imagining possibilities for all the space we have. Mike Robinson, our band teacher, used the second floor commons to demonstrate instruments and encourage students to join Band. We had an Eighth Grade Leadership Summit (95 students + 12 adults) in the first floor common space. We had our first whole-school assembly in the lunchroom and main commons. Students who need to see the nurse are in a place that offers privacy and comfort. For the safety and security of our students, when visiting please enter our school through our front doors on 28th Avenue. You will be directed into our office, sign in, and get a visitor badge.

We still have a few items on our “punch list” that will be completed this fall. Students, staff, and parents are discussing signage and graphics for our walls.

Our entire learning community is learning to exhibit S.H.A.R.K. behaviors throughout the building, by being Safe, Honest, Active learners, Responsible, and Kind. Teachers are teaching, modeling, and having students model and practice what S.H.A.R.K. looks like and sounds like in the classroom, media center, hallway, lunchroom, playground, bus, and office. We invite you to join us in our efforts.

Our school will have a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October 26th at 8:15 a.m. At that time, our main floor commons and lunchroom will be dedicated to former school board member and Seward parent Hussein Samatar. Duniya Hashi, our Site Council Chair, and Brian Cornell, our PTA president, will represent Seward parents. Current and former district staff will be in attendance, as well as representatives from the Seward Neighborhood Group, our architectural firm, and the construction company. Thanks in advance for understanding that we do not have space to accommodate our entire learning community.

It is hard to believe that it is the end of October and conference time has already come and gone. I am always grateful and impressed that our conference attendance rate is consistently 90% or better. Thank you for believing in the work we do, and more importantly for being a partner in your child’s education. October is not the only time we will meet with you about your student and his/her learning. If you ever have any questions or concerns, talk with your child’s teacher and arrange an appointment. Please remember, the most important thing you can do for your child is get him/her to school ON TIME every day. Teaching and learning start at 7:30 a.m.

Thank you for your continued support of Seward Montessori.

Sincere regards,