Principal’s Letter

Dear Paso Verde Families:

It’s amazing how quickly the end of our first school year has arrived. I want to thank each of you for all the support and commitment shown this past year. Creating and opening a new school is truly a community endeavor and each of you has played an integral role in our many successes. There are countless people to whom I owe an expression of gratitude and look forward to our continued work together for many years to come. We had the opportunity to hire the most dedicated and committed faculty I have ever worked with, launch an incredibly successful and passionate PTA, as well as Walking School Bus, the aptly named Puma Pounce, the Art Docent Program, an edible school yard: Lettuce Turnip the Beet, inclusive and exciting family events such as movie night, Fit-A-Thon, the talent show, the International Festival, family dance, and 5th grade IB Exhibition. We will continue our work with Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, PBIS, and add Positive Action and Recess Lab for increased social emotional learning supports.

We also cultivated our community through Friday Pride Day assemblies recognizing our community’s hard work and efforts each week. An integral part of these assemblies is our International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) Learner Profile. The 10 IB attributes will remain a focus for modeling and rewarding student behaviors, such as being caring, a risk-taker, a balanced scholar, and being knowledgeable.

An expression of thanks must go to all the volunteers who were in classrooms and across campus supporting teachers and scholars in every way possible. Special thanks to all of you who have contributed in ways both small and large Your dedication to PVS has been unimaginable! Copying and filling homework folders, working in the library, art room, or Tinker’s Lab, chaperoning field trips, helping with school pictures, providing food and organizing lunches for teachers, organizing and working school events, showing up to support your children during performances and Field Day, helping in the school garden, teaching art in our classrooms, serving on committees, sharing your talents, helping with traffic, picking up trash, walking in Puma Pounce, hosting parent information sessions, supporting our work in countless ways and providing the resources to do what we dream and know is good for our children. Thank you for getting your kids to school on time each day, for kind notes of encouragement that mean so much to our faculty, for sending your kids with healthy lunches obviously packed with love, and for making sure inquiry homework gets done and turned in. Thank you for providing rich and engaging, well-rounded experiences for your children and knowing that education is about joy, wonder and fostering curiosity, along with the development of social skills so needed to succeed. For these, and a million other things, we are truly grateful.

Your presence and support make Paso Verde School a community second to none.

Recently, our team attended IB professional learning in Concept Based Instruction. Additionally, I have been reading a bit about play-based learning and how play contributes significantly to brain growth and development. My summer reading list includes a book on concept based instruction as well as this short article entitled Thinking Big: A Conceptual Framework for the Study of Everything. This article describes the framework for teaching and learning in an International Baccalaureate School. Please let me know if you would like to join in a parent opportunity to discuss this article and the learning our staff engaged in when we return in August.

May your summer be filled with play, exploration, and much time spent with family inquiring about the wonderful world around us.

See you in August,

Tonja Jarrell

Founding Principal


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