Have a Great Break!

Greetings Parents and Community Members! We have had an amazing last few weeks of school, wrapping up first semester with a ton of engaging and fun activities for our students and staff! The week was highlighted by our Primary Center holiday performance, which blew my mind! The turnout was unbelievable (standing room only) and the hard work that our students put in was so evident. I said it before and I’ll say it again – I’ve never seen a holiday show in THREE LANGUAGES. I have to give all of the props to our amazing homeroom teachers for reinforcing all of the expectations needed to pull something like this off and especially our Specials teachers for coordinating the whole thing. Our three French teachers (Dalbom, Darlis and Lambert) as well as our awesome PC music teacher Ms. McCarren deserve even more credit!! Don’t forget about our MC performance this Friday.  I can’t wait to see how awesome our students are!

Aside from that:

  • The staff celebrated our annual holiday party at Das BBQ. Thank you to the owner and Brandon parent Stephen Franklin for the show of support and awesome food!
  • International Travelers week was in full effect. I loved seeing all of the activities taking place at both campuses. My favorite part so far? The visit from Wildlife Wonders of course! Ask your child about the cool South African animals they got to see. Zulu dancers will be at our closing ceremonies on Thursday!
  • I hosted my second Principal Coffee talk centered on data. In a standing-room-only crowd at the PC, I shared breakdowns of our latest CCRPI score, public dashboards that really put our data into perspective as compared to like schools and schools within the state, as well as tools our teachers use to give our students the best instruction and support they can.
  • Ms. Stansbury, 5th grade teacher extraordinaire, hosted her Newspaper Day. It was amazing seeing the hard work her students put in to creating their Biography Performance Assessment. Students focused on comparing and contrasting inventors incorporating chronological order, drawing information from two texts and even presenting to the class. Well done!
  • Our awesome media specialists, paired with Passion City Church, helped to coordinate free books to ALL OF OUR STUDENTS.
  • Foundation has also been gracious enough to purchase MyLexia licenses for all students in the building! Many of our children already use this program and now everyone will have the benefit of help with remediation or acceleration! All you need is a computer, iPad or a laptop. Look for your child’s unique password and login information this week. This is a great way to keep your kids engaged and learning over break.

As we wind down the week and the semester, I want to take this time to thank all of our teachers and parents for the hard work and commitment you give to make Brandon the very best school it can be. My Go Team and I are currently working on the 19/20 strategic plan, which will help drive our budget and school priorities for next year as we continue to find ways to make Brandon even more amazing. During the time off, I have a homework assignment – READ! Do your best to have your children read at least 30 minutes each day. As a school, getting all of our students on grade level for reading is a top priority, and what better way to do this than to snuggle up with a good book by the fire?!? Remember to always log your minutes on Beanstack for APS’ Race2Read challenge and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Until next time,

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