Happy New School Year Arundel Family!
hope you had an enjoyable summer break. I have taken time this summer to relax
and spend time with my family. I am ready for scholars to return to school! I
have reflected about what worked well last school year and what needs
improvement. There have been some changes based on the feedback from scholar,
parent and staff surveys.
envision Arundel to be a place of excellence where scholars will reach their potential.
As the instructional leader, I will ensure the school team provides instruction
and services to meet scholars where they are to support their social, emotional
and intellectual well-being in a safe, respectful and high quality learning
environment. As a team, we will work hard to instill confidence and teach the
skills needed for scholars to excel in high school, college and the community.
I am proud to share that we made progress on reading
and math district assessments. These successes are the results of everyone’s
contributions! Data will be shared at Back to School Night. We still have a lot
of work to do. As a school, we must take these critical next steps: 1) Literacy-
using the “close reading strategy” to increase overall reading comprehension,
fluency and vocabulary, 2) Math- implementing eight standards of practice to enrich
fluency, problem solving and vocabulary and 3) Climate- engaging students in
daily restorative practices such as morning meetings, peer mediation and mindful
moments to foster respectful relationships. We will measure our success by
administering assessments and surveys throughout the year. Activities and
assemblies will be planned to celebrate our successes.
are learning, collaborating, and planning for the upcoming school year. I have
also taken time this summer to participate in professional development
workshops to learn how our school can support the whole child and make our
environment more restorative than punitive. I am confident your child will
learn and grow under the leadership of our extraordinary admin and teacher
opens for scholars on Tuesday, September 5th. Our bell time will
remain as 8:00 a.m.-2:40 p.m. Breakfast
will be served in the cafeteria from 7:35-7:55 a.m. Scholars will enter
through the main lobby doors. Scholars will participate in a morning meeting
every day from 8:15-8:30 a.m. with their homeroom teacher to set a positive
tone for the day. At dismissal, Pre-K through 3rd grade will exit through
the main lobby doors and scholars in 4th-8th grade will
exit through the back doors closer to Round Road and Veronica Avenue.
EMS will remain a uniform school. Scholars in PreK-5th grade
should wear burgundy collared shirts with no graphics and tan khaki bottoms.
Scholars in 6th-8th grade should wear navy blue collared
shirts with no graphics and tan khaki bottoms. For the safety of scholars and staff, scholars will not be permitted to
wear hoodies during the school day. Tan, burgundy or navy blue sweaters, blazers
or fleece jackets may be worn. Monthly and quarterly incentives will be
given to scholars who wear their uniform, arrive to school on time and have
perfect attendance. Your continued support and cooperation is appreciated!
Uniform shirts are available for sale in the main office. Shirts will be
delivered by August 25th.
New families to Arundel are encouraged
to attend an orientation on Thursday, August 10th from 9:00-10:00 am. Light refreshments will be served and each person
will receive a free raffle ticket to win one of many prizes at the end of the
orientation. Our annual Meet Your
Teacher Day will be held on Friday, September 1st from 2:00-2:30
p.m. Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, September 14th
from 4:00-6:00 p.m. During Back to School Night, you will learn more about
our priorities for the upcoming school year, have an opportunity to meet staff
and receive information about programs and partnerships.
The Visitor Management
System will continue this school year. Per district policy, each visitor to
Arundel must show a driver’s license or state ID to be registered. All visitors
will sign in and receive a badge to wear while in the building during every
visit. We ask that you comply with the policy to keep our scholars and staff
safe. In the event that a visitor does
not cooperate with the district policy, school police will be contacted and the
visitor may be banned from the school building. Early dismissals are strongly discouraged due to scholars being
engaged in instruction until 2:35 p.m. Remember, perfect attendance
is no lateness and no early dismissals.
During the school day, I
will be visiting classrooms to work with scholars and teachers. I ask that you
respect the instructional time and request to meet with me before 7:30 am or
after 3:00 pm. Ms. Williams, the secretary will take your name, phone number
and topic of discussion. You will receive a call by the close of business.
I invite you to attend
School Family Council meetings the third Tuesday of every month at 8:30 a.m. or
3:00 p.m. to receive updates about our progress and give feedback. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday,
September 19th. “Power Hour” workshops for parents and guardians
will be scheduled once a month. Organizations will be invited to Power Hour to
share information based on the topics you would like to learn more about. Consider
joining our “Power Parent” group and/or serving as a volunteer. Our scholars
can greatly benefit from your involvement and contributions. Ms. Calicchia will
serve as the Family and Community Engagement Lead. Ms. Brown and Mrs. Clea will
serve as the volunteer coordinators this school year. If you would like to
volunteer and/or support with planning school events, please stop by the main
feel privileged to continue to serve as principal in the Cherry Hill community.
It is my personal and professional mission to ensure every scholar receives an
equitable education. I love what I do, I embrace the challenges and
I find it rewarding to see scholars excel. As partners in the work, join me in educating
scholars to make a deep impact and genuine difference. Together, we will expect
excellence from scholars and help them reach their full potential! I ask that
you support the school team by ensuring your child: 1) Attends school daily,
arrives on time, in uniform, ready to work, listen and learn, 2) Adheres to the
school’s behavior and academic expectations and 3) Completes daily classwork
and homework assignments. Thank you in advance for your support. Enjoy the
remainder of summer break. I will see you in September!