Dear Greenwood Lake Families,
I hope this letter finds you enjoying summer days and the time has been productive, peaceful and full of opportunities to create memories with family and friends. I am grateful as these weeks have offered me time, both professionally and personally, to reflect, refocus and plan for the 2017-2018 school year. The excitement continues to grow each day as I prepare to begin my second year as Principal at Greenwood Lake Elementary School.
I believe the essential elements of a quality education include a learning climate that is student centered, a team of dedicated and accountable professionals, a cohesive curriculum, and engaged learners and leadership. In a student centered learning climate, children come to school each day and understand the value that it adds to their lives.
As part of the Greenwood Lake community, our school shares in the commitment to educate all children and foster a safe, happy, thriving environment. At GWLES, we focus on the academic as well as the social/emotional needs of the community’s children. The learning environment must provide a safe and secure space where children feel happy and protected. As the home, school and community relationships grow, so will our students. We recognize the many strengths our students bring to school and strive to address any needs our families may have throughout the year.
“As educators, our challenge is to match the needs of our learners to a world that is changing with great rapidity. To meet this challenge we need to become strategic learners ourselves by deliberately expanding our perspectives and updating our approaches.” (Heidi Hayes Jacobs)
We are looking forward to the first day of school and the family events planned for September. We look forward to seeing you to share important information about our upcoming school year. Please mark your calendars:
September 6 – First Day of School for Students!
September 13 – Back to School Night for Elementary Families - 6:30pm to 8:00pm @ ES
September 15 – Back to School Bash – 6:00pm @ MS
As always, if you have any questions or need further information, please contact me.
Maria Boller, Principal