Update From The Principal

January 06, 2015

Dear Lewis & Clark Families,

Let me begin by wishing you all a Happy New Year! I hope your winter break has been fun, relaxing, and filled with many opportunities to interact with your kids. We are excited for them to return to school. You child’s excitement and curiosity is what fuels us to do the work we do each day. Below is a reminder of our school day schedule.

school-schedule

It is most important that students arrive to class on time and ready to learn. The first 10 minutes of their day really does set the tone for the remainder of learning that occurs. During this time, teachers and students engage in routines like goals setting, calendar, review of math and reading content that is crucial for mastery, and community building within the classroom. Breakfast begins at 8:10. Those students who eat breakfast here at school need to arrive by 8:15 in order to have enough time to eat and make it to class on time.

New School Building News
The new school building is coming along nicely and we are on track to begin the coming school year in a brand new facility. The School Board has voted on boundary revisions and there is a small impact to Lewis & Clark. We will know more about our projected enrollment in the coming months. Other factors that will be considered are full-day kindergarten and reduced class sizes. For now, we are working toward accomplishing our mission and vision:

Mission: To provide every child with a safe and caring school, where high expectations are met though instructional excellence so students will be equipped to contribute responsibly in a diverse society.

Vision: We are preparing individuals now, for future success in our community!

Spring Testing
This spring, our students in grades 3-5 will engage in a new standardized assessment. Of course, there is another acronym to learn. SBAC (Smarted Balanced Assessment Consortium) is the new test that will replace the MSP. I will be sending home more detailed information regarding this assessment, timelines, and what you can expect as we enter the testing window. For now, the best way for you and your child to prepare is by ensuring consistent attendance at school, regular communication with your child’s teacher, and finally, time dedicated to rich learning experiences and reading at home.
Thank you for your partnership with Lewis & Clark Elementary. For more ways to get involved here at school, please contact our office at 967-6275.

Sincerely,

Liz Crider
Lewis & Clark Principal

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415 Jadwin Ave.
Richland, WA 99352

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