November 22nd, 2023
Greetings da Vinci students and families,
There will not be a ton of updates in this newsletter as I do not have much new information to share with you all. However, I do want to use this opportunity to share some of the many things I am thankful for since joining the da Vinci community.
I'll start with our students. What an amazing group of talented, spirited, and bright individuals. I am so thankful to get to spend my days with your kids. I look forward to seeing their smiling faces in the halls during passing time and the gears in their brains turning during class time. Oddly, and I can't believing I'm saying this, I miss lunch duty. It'll be fun to once again mix it up with students during lunch and hearing about the various ways they kept themselves busy during the strike. Please tell them I miss them dearly!
I'm so thankful for the family involvement here at da Vinci. To keep myself grounding in this work, I was looking through photos I've taken throughout the year. I realized that my first foray into da Vinci was our Community Cleanup Day back in August when I got the chance to meet many families and students for the first time. I was also so impressed at the number of families who came to meet me when I was introduced as the new principal of da Vinci. I've been blown away at the parental involvement with our PTSA and the many events they have hosted to support our staff and students. I thank you all for trusting us with your students and feel honored to have the privilege of serving them. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lastly, I'm thankful for our educators. In my eyes, every one of our staff members is an educator. I am thankful to our three custodians (Terry, Corky and Sage) who work tirelessly to keep an old building looking and functioning well. I am thankful for our cook (Georgie) who prepares two meals a day for our students and gets to know them so well. I am thankful for our para educators (Michelle, Shantel and Caitlin), who provide students with support in the classroom and throughout our building. I can't imagine our classrooms without their support. I'm grateful for the safety support that our Campus Safety Agent, Austin, provides our students. I know I'm not alone in my appreciation for our new office staff team. While new, Amanda and Jennifer are doing a tremendous job keeping the day to day operations of da Vinci up and running. I am grateful to have an amazing Assistant Principal in Ms. Wilson. I am so appreciative for the knowledge and support she has provided me this year. Finally, I am so thankful for our teachers. Their impact on our students' academic and social emotional growth is so appreciated. Their commitment to making da Vinci a special place for our students is second to none and their passion to see your students succeed is inspirational. I know that being away from your students has been hard on them and that they can't wait to get back to doing what they do best.
This strike will end. Students and teachers will return. When they do, it may take a while to get fully back up to speed, settle into a routine and to get our "school legs" back under us. However, I'm confident we will get there as I know we have the community components to do so.
I hope you all have a wonderful Fall break.