• July 2017

    Happy New School Year Arundel Family!
         I 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.
         I 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.
         Teachers 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 team.
        School 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.
         Arundel 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 office.
         I 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!
    Best,

    Mrs. Machado          

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