Dear Wonderful Joaquin Miller Families,
What a fabulous first month of school! I have had the opportunity to witness all of your kiddos in action, and I am so impressed with what I’ve seen and heard! Joaquin Miller students are practicing the Wolverine Way daily, developing their capacity to persevere in the face of challenges, and treating each other the way they want to be treated. I’ve seen students empathizing with their peers and pausing to consider the consequences of their words and actions. Teachers are working diligently to develop our students’ social and academic skills, while also assessing their individual strengths and areas for growth.
Our first PTA meeting was a huge success under the leadership of our PTA Board President, Danielle Morse, and the other PTA Board members. We voted on our annual budget that includes funding of our P.E., library, and computer programs, classroom funds for supplies and field trips, salaries for our teachers’ aides and tutors, and funding for each grade level’s “living history day”. If you haven’t yet joined the PTA, it’s not too late! The PTA’s mission is “To support Joaquin Miller’s community of parents, teachers and staff in their shared goal of enhancing our children’s educational experience by providing resources and opportunities that help all children thrive”. Our Fall giving campaign is nearing its end, and the PTA will continue to accept any and all financial contributions to pay for the above programs. Just place a check made payable to the JMPTA in the green box in the office.
We understand that not all members of our school community can contribute financially. There are other ways to show your support for our school! Get involved! Join a committee! Volunteer to read with students or help out in your child’s classroom! Sign up on Konstella, our school’s communication platform, to stay informed and up-to-date. Come to school events like Family Reading Night and STEAM Night!
We can all support our children academically by showing an interest in what they are learning and by asking them about their daily school experiences. Instead of asking, “What did you do in school today?”, consider asking questions like “What did you do today that you really liked?”, “What did you do in math today?”, or “What book are you reading in class?”. The more specific the question is, the more detailed the response will be. By asking questions and letting your child share, you are communicating that learning is both important and stimulating.
As I reflect on our thriving school community, I am comforted to think that if we were ever to be confronted with a natural disaster like the Valley and Butte fires that have struck our California neighbors, we would all pull together to ensure our community members’ safety and well-being. Several Joaquin Miller parents have come together to generate a toy drive for the victims of the wildfires that have left hundreds of California families homeless. We are collecting monetary donations as well. More information will be forthcoming.
As always, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher or myself if you have any questions, ideas, or concerns. I can always be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With respect and appreciation,