Welcome Back, Mustangs!
2015-2016 is Off to a Great Start!
Well, moms and dads, our first week of school for 2015-2016 is almost in the books. It's time to settle in and share some initial reflections.
First, let me start by saying how amazing our families are! Parents and guardians, once again, you steal the show for being the most supportive team in the entire world. Our Mustangs came back to us this past Tuesday with smiles on their faces, supplies in their bookbags, and positive, energetic attitudes ready to learn and take advantage of the powerful learning opportunities you know we provide here each day! Without a wonderful send-off, our students would not be as ready as they are, as confident as they are, and as open-minded as they are when we finally get them back in the fall. So, thank you, Mustang families, from the bottom of my heart, for your loving guidance and for trusting us with your most precious commodity each day.... of course, I also have kids of my own and know that there is a little joy in your day each fall when you finally have the house to yourself on the first day of school! ;)
Then there are the staff members at Robert E. Lee Elementary School... I tell them all the time what a pleasure it is to work FOR them as they are the front-line wizards who perform the magic each and every day in our hallways, cafeteria, office, playground and classrooms! This year saw quite a bit of change among our staff as we said farewell to some fabulous staff members who retired on to other challenges and said hello to a crop of incredibly talented new folks. The beautiful blend of returning staff and the new folks to the fold have created another team of committed, tireless professionals who are always seeking to grow, become better at their craft and find ways to help EVERY child grow and learn! I am so proud (and quite surprised some days to be honest) to be at the helm of such a team!
But team and adults are nothing without the kids! So, this section of the blog is for them... read it with them, parents, not that you have to, because I tell them these things all the time. Our students are simply amazing. Whether in the eating lunch in the cafeteria, playing on the blacktop, painting in art, or engaging in a frustratingly challenging math problem, our kids rise to the top when it comes to effort, skill, persistence, and a deep desire to learn more each day. Their pride beams when they show that Mustang Magic by being respectful, responsible and ready every where they go and in everything they do. So, students, just like I tell the teachers and staff all the time, it is sincerely MY pleasure to work FOR you all! Keep being amazing.
I have so much more to say as I reflect on the many changes and our continuous mission toward school improvement, but I will cut this short for today. Suffice it to say that this space will be full of specific information and comments about our school improvement efforts, our community engagement activities, and, yes, my personal reflections on a variety of topics related to education in general. I hope you will check back often, read and reflect with me, and even send comments to this blog space if you choose. Feel free to share this site with others, both inside the RE Lee community and outside. My goal this year is to make this space more interactive and more of a platform for sharing the professional practices and celebrations that make Robert E. Lee Elementary School one of the best places on the planet to work, learn, and play.
Yours in learning,
Daryl Lann, principal