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Family - Summer Edition - July 19, 2020

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From Principal Williams

Steele Lane Families,

It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce myself as the Steele Lane Elementary Principal. I am honored to be a member of this school community and I look forward to building relationships with each and every one of you.

The 2020-2021 school year will mark my seventeenth year in education. I have served as an elementary educator in grades first through fifth as well as a district teacher on special assignment, leading other educators with integrating technology within classrooms KA-12th grade, at the site level as well as district-wide. Most recently I have had the honor of being the assistant principal at both Hidden Valley and Helen Lehman Elementary schools.

I have lived in Sonoma County since attending Sonoma State University on an athletic scholarship for Softball. My husband and I are raising our two daughters in the county and have enjoyed the community and the Sonoma Strong spirit that comes with residing here.

I am confident that my experiences in education during my sixteen-year career have prepared me to excel in this position. I am an energetic leader that takes pride in fostering relationships with those I work with, as well as creating a positive, collaborative learning community that is full of enjoyment. I constantly seek ways to grow and learn professionally in order to enhance both my strengths and the learning and strengths of all members within the school community.

Being student-focused is an important aspect of my approach as an instructional leader at our site. My goals for myself in this role include being a timely, consistent, and clear communicator, that has a focussed plan for discipline, that supports the social and emotional needs of ALL students and staff on campus. I am devoted to continually exploring new ideas to meet our school’s needs and to interact with parents and community members efficiently. We will be meeting as a staff, and with parents and students throughout the year to identify specific goals in the areas of student achievement, school climate, and school-home communication.

As the leader at our school, I am all in. You will get a passionate and humorous leader who takes pride in being involved in a successful school community. Please know that my door is always open to you. I sincerely welcome your conversation and input during this year. Let us keep our students as the primary focus of our work.

To our students, I cannot wait to see you all! I hope that you are excited for this coming school year. It is going to be a meaningful and fun year. We will be learning together to achieve the highest accomplishments. I can’t wait to celebrate our collective successes during the 2020-2021 school year.

I know these times are uncertain, however, I am confident that collectively we can navigate these circumstances and foster a positive experience for all of our learners at Steele Lane.

Please reach out to me if you need anything since our Main Office is now closed throughout this month. I can receive emails in both English and Spanish.

Go Vikings,

Amber Williams

What's happening around campus?

  • Arnoldo and Aisa our Steele Lane custodians have been working very hard to ensure our campus is safe, clean, and ready for learning.
  • Teachers are thinking about all of you and can't wait to meet their new students.
  • I have been sprucing up the staff room and my office (pictured to the left) to prepare for the school year.
  • I would like to introduce Natalie Gordon (Preschool) and Laura Aramendia (SDC 1-3) to our staff.

Latest Update From Superintendent Kitamura

Supt. Message July 17, 2020
En español- Supt. Message July 17, 2020

Return to School Plan

The Draft Return to School Plan was approved by the Board of Education on July 8, 2020. Click below to view the plan, in English and Spanish:

Draft SRCS Return to School Plan
Borrador del Plan Para el Regreso a Clases

A final plan is expected to go to the Board on July 22, 2020.

COVID-19 Info & Updates for SRCS

View video messages from SRCS as well as all emails sent from Superintendent Dr. Kitamura, The Return to School Plan and Frequent Questions and Answers.

We are still registering for KA & K!

Do you have a child or know a child who may be eligible for Kinder Academy or Kindergarten? The District Office is still supporting families with registration during the summer months when our Main Office is closed. Click here for more information on the Santa Rosa City Schools website. You can also call (707) 890-3808 for help during the month of July while our Main Office is closed.

Free Food Continues!

We will continue to have FREE Grab and Go Lunches as well as groceries from the Redwood Empire Food Bank this month and through August 7th.

Free Meals

  • 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches
  • for any child ages 0-18
  • from any district or school
*Groceries from Redwood Empire Food Bank will also be available

11:30am - 1:00pm


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