August 15, 2019
Dear Schweitzer Families,
On behalf of the staff at Albert Schweitzer Elementary, I am excited to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year! I hope the summer has provided many memorable moments spent with family and friends. We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure your children can achieve their highest potential in all the aspects of school: academics, fine arts and social interactions.
Our exceptionally talented and committed staff are preparing their classrooms and a well-balanced curriculum for your children that includes mindfulness activities and field trips At the same time, a team of about fifteen district custodians came in one week to deep-clean, each classroom from ceiling to floor to provide a clean and healthy learning environment.
This year we have some new staff joining the Schweitzer family.
Katie Kogos - 2nd Grade Teacher
Christine Wells - Resource Teacher
Valerie Winn - English Language Development Teacher -part time
Li Ezzell - Art
Aliya Rodriguez joins Kathy Moore who is returning - Speech Teacher
Daria Hill - Band Director
Lindsey Seva joins Hannah Collentine Cole who is returning - Counselor
I would like to encourage you to participate/volunteer in our PTA. PTA organizes a number of school and family events throughout the year, and works tirelessly to keep you informed through the PTA shadow box located at the front of the school and through weekly newsletters emailed directly to you. As a result of the PTA's work, they have been able to support Schweitzer through the purchase of technology, supporting teachers with supply money and field trips, plays, 5th Grade Outdoor Education program, to name a few, over the past years. PTA has an ongoing goal to beautify our school and they are on their way with the beautiful garden that was created by the Discovery buildings last spring. There are also opportunities for parents to be a parent liaison, and become a member of the English Learner Advisory Committee. Detailed descriptions of these positions will follow in the next couple of weeks.
Please mark your calendars for the following August events:
- August 15th – Welcome Back Coffee, 8:45-9:30, Courtyard
- August 15th – First Day of School, 8:45-1:55 Breakfast is served from 8:25-8:45. (Thursdays are early-out days.)
- August 20th - PTA Mixer: Picnic and Popsicles– 5:30-7:00pm, courtyard area
- August 26th - Early/Late begins for 1st and 2nd graders only (Teachers will inform families of their child’s status with early/late and will provide the times by August 23rd.)
- Sept. 4th – Back-to School Night, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades: Each grade level will have two sessions with the same presentation. For example, if a family has two children, a 1st and 3rd grader, they could go to the 5:30-6:00 session for the 1st grader and the 6:10-7:40 for the 3rd grader or reverse. Sessions are 5:30-6:00 and/or 6:10-6:40.
- Sept. 5th – Back to School Night, Kindergarten, 5:30-6:30pm
Rebecca Loper, Principal
Attending First Day of School
It is very important that your child attends school the first day, August 15, 2019 to ensure their placement in the assigned class at this school. If for some reason your child is not able to attend the first day of school, please contact the school office.
Emergency Cards Completed Online
Go to the San Juan website, www.sanjuan.edu , click on Parent Portal at the top of the page and follow the directions on how to complete the form. This is of extreme importance that our front office receives your child's emergency card via the student database system, Q.
At the same time, please read over the San Juan Family Handbook; it is a very informative guide for district resources, the rights and responsibilities as families, and an overview of campus rules. If you have any questions about the contents of the handbook, or any questions in general, you can access a digital copy of the this handbook online, or feel free to contact your child's teacher or office at 867-2094. Our office staff is always willing to help.
Grades 1st – 5th:
8:45 AM - 3:10 PM (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday). Students will be dismissed at 1:55 every Thursday.
Early/Late for Grades 1st and 2nd: STARTS August 26th
Early: 8:45-2:40 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) 8:45-1:25 (Thursdays)
Late: 9:25-3:20 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) 9:15-1:55 (Thursdays)
8:45AM – 12:45 PM, Monday through Friday.
Playground supervision for 1st – 5th students begins at 8:25AM. The playground recess area will be open for students at the 8:25am time, so it is important that students who are not eating breakfast arrive at this time.
Breakfast will be served from 8:25 – 8:45AM. We will begin serving breakfast and lunch the first day of school. Breakfast is $2.00 and lunch is $3.00, milk is $0.50.
It is beneficial for your child to have money on their account; you are able to put any amount you would like on this account. Checks should be made out to “Schweitzer” or you can pay on the website: www.myschoolbucks.com .
This year all families need to complete a meal application or complete a short “opt-out form”. Go to https://www.sanjuan/meals and you can apply online. Every year a meal application must be completed for the first time or renew it. The free/reduced priced meal program affects a variety of areas unrelated to school meals, including school funding and discounted services. We want to make sure all eligible families are taking part in this program.
Back to School Night
Back to School Night is Wednesday, September 4th for 1st through 5th graders
Thursday, September 5th for Kindergarten.
Parents will receive information about the school year, classroom activities, grading policies, and homework expectations. This is an important and informative night where teachers will share information you will need to support your child throughout the school year. Our goal is 100% parent attendance! Contact your child’s teacher if you are unable to attend to receive the information missed.