Letter from the Principal

Dear Parents,

It has truly been an amazing year, which I have thoroughly enjoyed.  This year has been full of hard work and a massive learning for all of us as we continue on our journey towards being a model STEAM school.  Receiving the Honor Roll award and the Gold Ribbon validates our positive trajectory.   I hope we’ve given you as much in this process as you’ve given us.  As I greet students each morning, I get inspired just by seeing the excitement and enthusiasm your children bring to the site, often carrying projects, wearing sports shirts, or playing an instrument before class.

We’ve accomplished so much as a site from our STEAM nights, dances, talent show, concerts and robotics competitions.  Once again, our volleyball team donated $600.00 to Friends of Faith for Breast Cancer. Visitors come frequently to learn from our collaborative and dedicated teachers. A team of teachers were the highlight of the STEM symposium and our students were won first, second and third in Alameda’s speech contest.  

We say goodbye to Mr. Muller, Ms. Dwyer, Ms. Fikiri and Ms. Monterrosa.  They all are flying high and moving to greater adventures. We welcome the 4th and 5th graders and some fantastic experienced newly hired staff.  

Parents, it has been my pleasure getting to know not only your child, but you as well.  I’ve enjoyed discussing the value of homework at Coffee with Cammie and attending PTA meetings.  Having parental support is crucial for a successful school year.  Our phenomenal PTA has been so essential to every event.  We thank you for the Book Fair, luncheons, staff lounge renovation, mini-grants, dances, donations and so much more. Thank you for all of your support.  

So to my dear eighth grade students, as you embark on a new chapter of your life, always remember that learning does not stop inside the classroom.

As Henry L. Doherty said, “Be a student as long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.” Every experience in life will teach you something. You just need to keep an open mind and open heart to see what lessons the world has to offer.

Never forget to envision your dreams and when things get tough to not give up; engage and persist.  I wish you the best and you will forever be in my heart.  Once a Beaver, always a beaver!

Happy Summer,

Cammie Harris



Wishing Everyone a Great Summer

Congratulations to our 8th graders as they move on to high school.  This is the last newsletter of this school year, so please let us know if you want to unsubscribe.  Simply click on “Unsubscribe” at the bottom of this email.

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
― Helen Keller

Letter from the Principal 4/10/17

Dear Parents,

Fortunately, I had some time during spring break to relax, reflect and read.  One article that drew my interest was about what parents should ask their child after school instead of the usual, How was your day?  Which is usually followed by the child responding, fine.   Some of my favorites from the article are:

  1. What made you smile today?
  2. Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed?
  3. Teach me something I don’t know.
  4. What did you do that was creative?
  5. What was the best thing that happened at school today?
  6. What made you laugh?
  7. What was your least favorite thing of the day?
  8. Did you learn something new today?
  9. What challenge did you face today?
  10. How did someone fill your bucket today?

Hopefully, this will make the difference in communicating with your adolescent.