August 1, 2015
Dear Heron Students and Families,
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year at Heron K-8 School! School begins on Wednesday, August 12th and all Heron families are invited to join us for our special back-to-school celebrations. Coffee and refreshments will be served on the quad at 8:15 on the first day of school, and parents are encouraged to join us once our students have begun instruction. I will share exciting information about our new Science Lab and revitalized focus on Science and Technology. The Heron PTSA and I will also share the many ways you can be involved with your child’s education at Heron School. Our Kindergarten through 6th grade classes begin at 8:15, with the “line up” bell ringing at 8:10. Please note that our middle school students will be starting school ten minutes earlier this year; their first period begins at 8:05. This slight adjustment to the schedule makes it easier for all students to participate in after school activities with a smaller gap between our dismissal times. It also spreads the lunch schedule out a bit more, allowing for more staff supervision and more time for students to eat their lunch. A copy of our bell schedule is included for your future reference.
We will also be celebrating the new school year with a Back to School Picnic on Friday, August 7th from 4:00-6:00, bringing our community together and providing an opportunity for our students to meet their teachers before school starts. Class lists will be posted outside the cafeteria doors at 4:00 on August 7th and Kindergarten letters will be mailed home, letting you know who your child’s teacher is and inviting you to a special Kindergarten Ice Cream Social on Monday, August 10th. Every effort has been made to create classes that are strategic to students’ needs and as balanced as possible; it is important for parents to understand that requests for class changes will not be considered at this time. However, it is also important to me that every child at Heron has a positive, challenging, and engaging school experience, and I will always be available to hear and address any concerns you have regarding your child’s education.
I believe we owe it to our children to do whatever it takes to support their academic achievement and personal growth. This commitment takes trust and partnership between our administration, our teachers, our staff, our families, and our students. We have many new changes ahead with our new Science Lab and future construction projects on the horizon, our renewed focus on Science and Technology, and our commitment to providing each child with a high quality K-8 education that prepares our students for future success. Our partnerships need to be strong in order to keep us moving forward. A K-8 school provides a unique opportunity to provide students with a continuity of teachers, classmates, programs, and expectations, leading to greater academic achievement and improved confidence and self esteem (Columbia University/Education Next Report, 2010,National Middle School Association Study, Lou Cozolino 2014). I look forward to working with you this year to create this continuity, and I am eager to see our Heron Flyers as we celebrate the beginning of an exciting school year!
Amy Whitten, Principal
(916) 832-3773 (cell)