December 2009 Cedar Valley Principal's Letter

Dear Cedar Valley Families,


As the calendar year draws to a close, I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to the many community members who help to make the holidays happier for many of our families by their generous contributions.  I am always touched by how our community responds to the needs we have.  While we have many families in need, our students are learning about altruism and giving through their contributions to our Penny Harvest which is being led by our Student Service Team (SST) and our Washington Reading Corps (WRC) members.  In January, the SST will begin the process of deciding which charitable organization to donate the pennies collected.  It is a fine lesson for our students to learn about the meaning of giving to those less fortunate than they are.  Our students are truly enjoying donating  their pennies in class, giving credence to the saying, “It is better to give than to receive.”  I am proud of their wanting to donate to others; it does feel good to give.     


Recently, we just concluded our second round of Multi-Tiered Instruction (MTI) meetings with grade level teachers. We meet with the classroom teachers, learning support teachers, ELL teacher, and district interventions specialists every 4-6 weeks for the purpose of using data to determine student progress and identify interventions to boost student achievement in order to meet state standards in reading.  These meetings are inspiring because the teachers know their students and are willing to consider and implement interventions that are suggested by the team.  The collective body of knowledge is amazing and with everyone working together, I cannot help but feel that our students will make more progress this year.   When teachers implement targeted instruction, we will see differences in what students learn.  We also need your help at home.  Please encourage your children to work hard to learn in school and to practice reading at home.  Together, we can support our students and help them to do their best.   


The character trait we are currently focusing on is “Responsibility”.  We want our students to be responsible for their learning, their behaviors, caring for our school, and caring for the community and the world.  Please encourage your child to demonstrate responsibility at home by having him/her help at home whenever possible. 


We continue in our efforts to expand our email distribution list for school information. If you have not done so, please call the office let us know your email account information.  If you do not have an email account, we would appreciate knowing that also.  


I sincerely hope the Winter Break will be enjoyable for all of you.