Principal’s Message for March, 2019:
Welcome to third trimester of the 2018-19 school year. I feel we are making great progress and on track for a successful end to our year. I’d like to take this opportunity to address a few of the topics I get frequent questions about.
Traffic and Parking: This is definitely an ongoing problem and the solution is not complicated: We need more parking! As we are located on a busy thoroughfare we are given very little curbside to stop or park on. Please know this is an ongoing discussion with our Maintenance and Operations department. We are determining both short and long term solutions to the problem. In recent years, our staff has grown by leaps and bounds, which in many ways is a good thing. It also presents the obvious challenge, however, of having enough spaces for staff as well as a few spots remaining for volunteers and visitors.
Safety: An ongoing concern of this school and every other one I know of. We are currently working with our generous and supportive PTA to purchase more emergency supplies. Also, we have been consulting with Deputy Lane of the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department in an effort to better prepare for any future lockout, lockdown, evacuation, or hold. In the event of any of these urgent situations, we are updating our plan for standard response and reunification protocols. The website https://iloveuguys.org/srp.html contains useful information from the iloveuguys Foundation. It was borne out of tragedy, but strives to heighten awareness of our preparation and plan for response. Another organization with thought provoking information and videos is Sandy Hook Promise. Taking all of the information into consideration and continuing to focus on preparation is a worthy path for Carnelian. If there were a way to guarantee we could be 100% safe at all times we would certainly endeavor to do so. Please know we focus on this issue daily and my goal is to make every day at Carnelian safer than the day before.
Class Placement: We are nearing the time of year we build our classes for the 2019-20 school year. Please remember we do not accept teacher requests. If you have specific concerns about your child’s class placement due to their learning style or other educational needs, you may certainly submit that in writing to the office. Once placed, we begin the school year and ask that each student spends a minimum of two weeks in their assigned class before we consider moving students to another class. Often times, after two weeks pass, the transition time is complete and the student has settled nicely into a comfortable routine. Therefore, what seemed a “bad fit” the first day or two of school becomes a good fit and the student is well on their way to a successful year.
Schoolwide AR goal Update: As a school, we are aiming for 100,000,000 words! At press time, we are 73.33% of the way through the school year, and have read 96,974,024 words. We are on pace to reach our goal and excited to celebrate! As of today, we have TWENTY members of our Millionaire’s Club. They are Chloe Madrid (over 5,000,000 words!), Kevin Liu, Zander Carrera, Gianna Carson, Cooper Hays, Brody Blanchard, Nina Wood, Katelyn Shepherd, Lilu Baimenova, Zoelle Gibbons, Lyla Pinedo, Faye Meza, Grace Holcomb, Brandon Connell, Maxx Alfonso, Sarah Real, Aden Lustig, Mateo Monge, Makenzie Blanchard, and Kendra Cummings.! Right now we have an impressive 14 additional students on track for The Millionaire’s Club .We are extremely proud of our school for all of our words, and even more ecstatic about our Millionaire’s Club! The Millionaire’s Club Party is always lots of fun and a great reward. Our goal is to celebrate these kids in an extravagant way because they have earned it. Keep reading, Cardinals!
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