Dear Joaquin Miller Families,
What a fantastic beginning to this school year! It has been wonderful to see all of you and your incredible kiddos in the hallways again. I have also enjoyed getting to know many of our new students and their families! As many of you know, one of my top priorities is to ensure that all students and their families feel welcome and included in our community. I have been really impressed by the manner in which our returning students have welcomed our new students. Keep up the awesome work!
Something new this school year is our “Theme of the Week” which was developed by our Instructional Leadership Team at a retreat in June. The first 10 weeks of the school year have themes that align to our Joaquin Miller Wolverine Way core values. For example, the theme of the current week is mutual respect. In each classroom, teachers will lead students in a discussion or activity around the weekly theme. Additionally, the students will be learning about the different types of bullying and how best to respond when bullying situations occur. Copies of our newly developed Joaquin Miller Anti-Bullying Protocol and Joaquin Miller Bully-Free Pledge will be coming home with each student this week. I will also post PDF versions of these documents on Konstella. I encourage you all to read through the Bully-Free pledge with your child(ren) prior to having them sign it.
I look forward to seeing you all at Back-to-School Night this coming Thursday, September 8th from 6:00 – 7:30. The evening will begin with a presentation on the Big Yard followed by classroom presentations. I also hope to see many of you at our first PTA general meeting on September 22nd and Family Reading Night on September 27th.