Dear Dewey Families,
Welcome back! We are looking forward to another exciting year filled with learning and enthusiasm!
Thank you for choosing Dewey! As the principal of Harry Dewey Fundamental Elementary School, I want to welcome you to our school. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with the highly qualified and dedicated staff, the wonderful students, and the supportive families.
This will be my third year as Principal of Dewey Fundamental, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to get to know all of you and engage in the educational process together. The elementary years are critical times of development for students and families alike, and I look forward to working with all of you to make this year successful. I am a lifelong educator who brings a firm commitment to students and families as well as a love of learning and problem solving.
Our staff is committed to working with students and their families as a team. The rigorous curriculum is directly aligned to the new California Common Core Standards. To help each child achieve his/her fullest potential, we believe in a growth model and in meeting each child where they are in their academic needs. This means that your child will receive instruction that is appropriate to their needs when they need it. This also means that our classrooms will be looking busy and kids will be learning in new and exciting ways!
Our school is in the first year of implementing a Bullying Prevention Program called Olweus (Ol-VEY-us). Bullying is a major problem in schools and we want to ensure that we are responding in a way that keeps all kids safe. The U.S. Department Health and Human Services estimates that between 15-25% of students are bullied regularly and the numbers continue to increase. Because of the bullying in schools and the negative effect it has on children, implementing anti-bullying programs in schools is essential. Please get involved. Olweus is a team approach that includes partnering with families at home. Going hand in hand with Olweus is our revamped Character Education program. Be looking for lots of information and changes at school as we journey down this path together with you.
Research shows that parental involvement in a child’s education benefits the child. These benefits include higher levels of academic achievement, positive attitudes, and greater maturity and responsibility. Because the benefits are so solid, I urge you to take part as much as possible in the life of our school. It does take an entire village to raise a child. Please consider becoming a school volunteer. There are many areas where your help would be appreciated both at home and at school depending on how your schedule permits. Ask your teacher how to get involved.
We welcome all our families back to another exciting, challenging year. Always contact your child’s teacher first with any concerns you may have. Please know that I am available to meet with you in person or talk to you over the telephone to discuss any concerns you may have after you have discussed with your child’s teacher.
I’m looking forward to a great year and to meeting all our new children and their families both at school and at Back to School Night!
Holly Cybulski, Principal