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Ron Schumacher, Principal
Monique Shevlin-Davis, Asst. Principal
Lucia Carrera, Secretary
Emma Lopez, Family Liaison
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Dear Elkhart Families,

I am looking forward to another great year at Elkhart!  We had a great deal of success last year increasing our attendance and reducing discipline issues.  This year we will have a school wide focus on improving student achievement, especially in the area of writing.  My goal for Elkhart is that we have a 10% increase in test scores, for all areas and all grades, for the 2012-13 school year.  This is an aggressive goal and we will need your help.  Please make sure that you spend time daily talking with your children about what they learned at school and provide them a place for them to do homework each day.  Also, it is important that each child reads or is read to for 20-30 minutes a night, EVERY NIGHT.  Reading to your child daily will help your child develop and achieve at a much faster pace.

During this school year I will be working to provide opportunities for dads to get involved.  Last year I met with several dads to get their best thinking about making improvements in the school.  There will be a list of dad activities that will come out soon.  Please be on the lookout for these dates and get involved!

Also, please make sure that you have the new hours and the new calendar for next year, the dates and times have changed.  Also, we now serve breakfast in the classroom at the beginning of the school day.  Our cafeteria will no longer be open in the mornings.

As always, please make sure that you contact us if you have a question or concern.

Our Vision

At Elkhart we believe that all our students have the potential to go to college and prepare for a career.  In order to do this we must get all students to achieve proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics while they are still in elementary school.  We promise to do our very best to give them a rigorous and excellent education so that we can set them up for success at the middle school, high school and college, but we also need your help.  Students who come to school ready to learn are more successful.   Here are some tips and information that will help us all work together for the success of all our students.

Attendance
We have a strict attendance policy for all students.  Any students missing three or more days in the year are subject to the district’s truancy referral process. Students that miss 4 days of instruction in a month or 10 in a year are subject to a court referral.  Please don’t let your student miss any school days because it is very difficult to catch up on any missed instruction.

Breakfast In The Classroom
Breakfast will be served, free of charge, to every student during the first ten minutes of class.  Please make sure that your student is at school, on time everyday if you want them to receive breakfast.  Tardy students will not have access to breakfast.

School Hours
The bell hours for next year are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Classroom doors will open at 9:25.a.m.   Any students arriving after 9:30 a.m. will be considered late for school and sent to the office for a Tardy Slip.   Please try to schedule appointments before 9:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. so that they don’t interfere with school hours and so that your child doesn’t miss any instruction.

Before and After School Care
The YMCA provides before and after school child care on-site for students from 6:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. every day.  They also provide child care on holidays, vacation days and teacher work days.  Their price is very reasonable and they have a sliding scale for families that need financial help.  If you need more information about the YMCA please ask at the main office.

School Uniforms
Students that are well dressed for school tend to focus more on their school work and less on fashion.  Elkhart Elementary School has a dress code.  Students wear shirts (collared and sleeved) that are solid white, light blue or dark blue.  Students may wear dress pants, shorts, skirts, skorts or jumpers that are navy blue or khaki.  Jeans or sweatpants are not allowed.  Sweaters and sweatshirts must be solid white or blue. No logos or designs are allowed except the Elkhart logo.  The Elkhart logo is not required, however, we do have an outside vendor that sells these in the building a couple of days per week.  To find out when they are coming, please check at the main office.  Students that don’t wear the dress code are subject to disciplinary measures equivalent to breaking any other school rule.  Thank you for your support with our dress code.

Address Changes
Roughly half of our students move out and in of our school in any given year.  Students that are not stable tend to fall behind academically because they lose instruction during the transition periods.  Please inquire at the office for “open enrollment”:  If you will be moving throughout the year, we will approve that your child stays at Elkhart provided that you transport him to and from the school and that his attendance doesn’t suffer.

As always, we are here to serve you and to ensure the best education for your child.  If you have any questions, please call, 303-340-3050.

Sincerely,
Ron Schumacher

 

 

 

Page last updated on November 25, 2013

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