Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope your family had a great summer! I am happy to welcome you to the 2013-14 school year! I know our scholars are ready to WORK, LISTEN and LEARN. If your family is new to our school from Patapsco Elementary Middle School, please call Ms. Parker, our school secretary to make an appointment to come in to update contact and emergency information as soon as possible.

I am honored and ready to serve as principal of Arundel Elementary Middle School! I know that a change in leadership incites some anxiety and curiosity. Over the last few weeks, I have become familiar with the building, met some scholars and parents and have been learning more about our school. During the school year, I will dedicate most of my time getting to know scholars, parents, staff and community members, visiting and observing classrooms and engaging in conversations about student achievement and what’s best for our school. I want to know what you believe in and what is important to you as a stakeholder of our school. Our dedicated staff members are looking forward to a productive partnership with you. I recognize that in order to be successful in school, our scholars will need support from both the home and school. A strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our scholar’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities.

Schools will open for scholars on Monday, August 26th. Our bell time will remain as 8:00 am-2:40 pm. Arundel Elementary Middle School will remain a uniform school. Scholars in grades PreK-5 should wear yellow tops and blue khaki bottoms. Scholars in grades 6-8 should wear navy blue shirts and tan khaki bottoms. Every scholar is expected to come to school every day, on time and in uniform. Your continued support and cooperation is appreciated! Uniform shirts with the school name are available in the main office for $7.00.

Each scholar and their parent or guardian will be expected to attend a mandatory orientation before school begins. You will find the date and time for your grade level on the back of this letter. 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, August 23rd from 1:00-2:00 pm. Back to School Night will be held on Tuesday, September 3rd from 5:00-7:00 pm. During Back to School Night, you will learn about our initiatives for the upcoming school year and you will have an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and other members of our great staff.

I am truly humbled to have been selected to serve this school community. Together, we will work harder and smarter to promote excellence and positive behavior, increase student achievement, and plan many exciting events for this school year. I am confident we will move our school to the next level of greatness! This will be a safe and productive year for everyone at Arundel Elementary Middle School! Enjoy the remainder of your vacation. I look forward to meeting you soon!

Respectfully,

Mrs. Rochelle Machado                     

                                                                    

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