Welcome to San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School and a great new year of learning. As the new principal of San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School, I would like to introduce myself and let you know how truly excited I am to meet and work with you. SLVE is such an amazing place! I am honored to be a part of this dynamic school and look forward to an extraordinary year that is characterized by student engagement, academic achievement, and authentic learning experiences.
I have had the privilege of working in SLVUSD for more than twenty years at various sites within the district and have gained a strong familiarity, respect, and admiration of our great staff and learning community. You may find it interesting to know that I worked as a resource specialist at SLVE at the start of my career in the district. Over the years, I’ve also taught classes in math, English, art, and AVID. For the last two years, I served as the summer school administrator at SLVHS. Additionally, my husband Rob is a math teacher at SLVHS and my two daughters are students in the district. My family is strongly connected to our community.
People who know me would probably describe me as hard working, energetic, caring and enthusiastic. I am deeply committed to ensuring that all San Lorenzo Valley Elementary School students succeed and are exposed to exceptional learning experiences that prepare them for the future. I am here to support and work with you as we strive to make SLVE the best elementary school imaginable.
Our staff members have been working hard to get things ready for our students and everyone is excited for our first day of school on Monday, August 22.
I am happy to announce that we have additions to our staff this year. Joining our upper grade team is Kristie MacDonald, who will be teaching 5th grade. Halley Benjamin is our new TK teacher. Kathleen Bailey will be joining the special education department and teaching the special day class. Other new members of our staff include instructional assistants Laura Boden, Michelle Staggs, and Abby Arnott. We also welcome Lisa Von BusKirk as our new school counselor. All of our new staff members come to SLVE with the experience and personality that will make them a great addition to our already strong team!
Just a few reminders:
Class lists will be posted near the Front Office after 5pm on Friday, August 19th. Please be mindful that great care has been taken with class placements. Teachers and administrators are working very hard to make your child’s first day a success!
Kinder “Meet and Greet” on Friday, August 19th from 12:30-2:00. Families will soon be receiving further information from the kindergarten teachers.
Our 5th grade class is now part of our district’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative. If you have not yet already received a communication from our District Office about this initiative, you will soon receive follow up of the information that was sent out to our families in the spring.
School starts on Monday, August 22nd at 8:20am. Kindergarten and TK start at 8:25am. Please be familiar with the drop off and pick up procedures in the parking lot area.
Please join us for a Principal’s Coffee on Monday, 8/22 at 8:30am in the multi-purpose room. Computers will be made available for anyone who still needs to update their student’s records. A district staff member will be on hand to help guide you through the process. Representatives from our parent group, The Bobcat Club, will be on hand to share information about this important organization. Become a member of The Bobcat Club today!
Kindergarten and TK are dismissed at 11:45
Grades 1-3 are dismissed at 2:15
Grades 4-5 are dismissed at 3:00
Wednesday, August 24th, will be an early out day
Kinders and TKs will be dismissed at their usual time, 11:45
Grades 1-5 will be dismissed at 1:25
Upcoming date for your calendars
Every Wednesday is an early out day
Monday, September 5th, NO SCHOOL- Labor Day
Thursday, September 8, Back-To-School Night, 6-8
It is going to be a great year and I am looking forward to our partnership! Please feel free to contact me with any questions and/or stop by to introduce yourself.