Dear Families,
Welcome Back!  We hope that you've enjoyed your summer and that you are ready for a successful school year.
Baltimore City Public Schools has fully implemented the Maryland Common Core Curriculum with fidelity and that will help our students prepare for the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessment.  Our students will continue to take the MSA in science next year in grade 5. As a school, we will provide our students with additional supports such as interventions provided by the classroom teacher that are embedded in the instructional day. We will utilize a program entitled SPIRE for reading and Do the Math for mathematics. We will be implementing PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) program with our students to create a safe learning environment that is conducive to learning and that focus on and rewards positive behaviors. We will still have Villa Marie Counseling services for students who need additional supports as well as a school social worker and school psychologist. In addition, we have been awarded another grant this year to continue our Fresh Fruits and Vegetables program for the students. Isn't this GREAT NEWS!
Students are to return back to school on Monday, August 29, 2016 in their school uniforms. Our school colors are navy blue bottoms and light blue tops for all grade levels. Students are to wear uniforms everyday including Friday.  Parents may purchase the uniforms at Super Kids located at 1330- 3R Reisterstown Road in Pikesville, MD, or any other store that may be more affordable. School uniforms are mandatory. On the first day of school breakfast will not be served. All students and parents of grades Prek - 2 are to assemble inside of the school cafeteria which is located on the lower level and grades three through five will assemble in the school's gymnasium which is located on the first floor. At 7:45 a.m. teachers will report to the cafeteria or gymnasium according to their grade level to pick up students. 
Registration on the first day of school may require additional time due to the volume of parents completing the enrollment process. We will be using a number system to serve parents. Please be prepared and make adjustments to your schedule to accommodate additional time spent at our school. Thank you in advance for your patience.
Our school's bell schedule is 7:45 a.m to 2:25 p.m. Students in grades Pre-k through 2 are dismissed from the school's breezeway exit located off the parking lot and students in grades three through five are dismissed from the door on Olney Street just past the school's library. Student who ride the yellow school bus and are picked up from Aftercare Van service will report to the school cafeteria and staff will escort them to their mode of transportation. Breakfast begins at 7:25 a.m. Pre-Kindergarten through grade two students will eat lunch at 10:10 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. grades one and two will eat at 11:00 a.m-11:45 a.m. and grades three through five students will eat lunch from 11:55 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. Breakfast and lunch is free for all students.  Mark your calendar for our Back to School Night and our Annual Forum which will be held on September 21, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
I look forward to seeing all parents and students on the first day of school.
Educationally Yours,
Gloria E. Pulley 
Gloria E. Pulley, Principal 



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