From The Principal's Perch
Every Child. Every Day. Whatever it takes!
What Does It Mean To Be A Champion For Kids?
The phrase, "being champions for kids", is not my own. It is borrowed from the wonderful work of fellow school leader and author Jimmy Casas. In Jimmy's book Culturize he describes being a champion for kids as follows: "Regardless of students' personal history or circumstances (good or bad), we can help them overcome obstacles by creating a school culture that makes them feel connected, capable, and confident in their abilities." A few years ago, in an August meeting with our school's leadership team, I reminded our staff of the importance of making sure that every student and staff member felt a sense of belonging, were engaged and felt connected every time they walked into our building. A year later I read Jimmy's book and was reminded of how important this concept really is.
As we prepare for the 2019-20 school year, I want you to send your children to school each day confident in the fact that they will have many champions ensuring their success this year. Those champions will be found in the classroom, out at bus duty, cleaning the bathrooms after school, answering phones in the front office, wiping away the tears in the clinic, and making sure the pizza is cooked just right! To be a champion for kids means very simply that we give everything we have for every student, every day! As a father, I know this is the type of school I would want my kids heading off to each day. As your principal, you have my assurance that we will strive to provide that type of learning environment to the very best of our ability each day.
As we prepare to embark on the 2019-20 school year, I want to extend my warmest welcome to our newest Pythons in preschool and kindergarten. We know how precious the start of their school career is and are so honored to be on the front end of this exciting learning adventure. I also want to welcome back our amazing staff! Every single member of the Evergreen Mill team is here because they believe in being champions for kids. They are amazing instructors too. What a combination. Lastly, I want to thank my partner in this work, and our wonderful assistant principal, Jenn Haggerty, for her tireless work in preparing this summer to ensure that this school year is a success. Feel free to reach out to me any time with your questions and/or concerns. I am here for you!
Dates To Remember
Kindergarten Orientation - August 21 @ 9:00 AM
Open House (For All Students and Parents) - August 21 @ 10:00 AM
First Day of Classes For Students - August 22
Boo Hoo Breakfast (For K Parents) - August 22 @ 8:00 AM
Student/Teacher Holiday - August 30, September 2
Classes Resume - September 3
First Day of FUTURA (Grade 5 students only) - September 4
ParentVUE Information Night - September 9 @ 6:00 PM
PTA Meeting - September 9 @ 7:00 PM
Spirit Day! - September 27
**Download a printable calendar below!
Welcome To Our Newest Staff Members
Nicole Chesney - Kindergarten
Jackie DeGroat - First Grade
Natalie Wainner - Second Grade
Andrew Washington - Second Grade
Megan Buser - Third Grade
Karissa Mehaffey - Third Grade
Kaitlyn Ferranti - Fourth Grade
Kathryn Hicks - Fourth Grade
Melissa Fangio - Fifth Grade
Alicia Austin-Betenson - Resource
Lorraine Spencer - Resource
Kelly Noah - K-2 Autism
Kalley Kirkland - Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
Melissa Muszynski - STEP
Brian Fletcher - Physical Education
Kim Woodward - Lead Counselor
Noah Kachman - Counselor
Amarjeet Brar - Cafeteria Manager
Glenda Almendares - Day Time Custodian
Melissa Cassady - Parent Liaison
LCPS And Evergreen Mill Elementary School Are Committed To Going Green!
LCPS is also preparing to launch a web based application called Permission Click. Be on the lookout for an email and additional details shortly!
It is our goal to maintain an open and inviting school building for our students and their parents. However, as we are focused on student safety, the above policies will be followed every time you come to visit our school. You have my assurance that you will always be greeted warmly and you will be treated with the utmost respect by our front office staff and administration. If this is ever not the case, please reach out to me via phone or email.
Family Life Education (FLE)
Family Life Education is taught in all grades at the elementary level. Opt out decisions are to be made by September 9, 2019. You may select to opt your child out of Family Life Education via ParentVUE or by contacting Mr. Lani or your child's teacher. The Family Life Parent review of materials will be held at the Administrative Building in Ashburn from August 27 through August 29. Please contact our office or visit the LCPS website for more information.
PTA News and Notes
With school just around the corner our amazing PTA is gearing up! We are so thankful for all of you who have offered to volunteer this year! There are still a few opportunities for you to get involved with our PTA as well. Below is a list of open Committee Chair positions. If you are interested in serving as a committee chair in any of these areas, please contact Trisha Victor at email@example.com.
Open Committee Chair Positions
Becoming A PTA Member
We need all of our parents to support our PTA by becoming a member. We are currently accepting new PTA members on PTBoard (use the link below). Parents who sign up early will receive a FREE EMES car magnet and the class with the most PTA members signed up by Labor Day will get an icecream party!
Back To School Volunteers Needed
We are in need of volunteers for Friday, August 16 from 9am - Noon to help us put together First Day packets and distribute School Supply Kits. Come any time you are available and bring the kids along to help!
Help Us Get Your Child Home Safely Every Time!
Need Assistance? We Can Help!
If, due to a disability, you need assistance to enable you to participate meaningfully in any meetings or activities at Evergreen Mill Elementary, please call Daniel Lani at 571-252-2900 at least FIVE WORKING DAYS prior to the event.
Our Parent Liaison, Melissa Cassady, is also available to assist you with filling out forms, registering for events, and can connect you with numerous community resources to support your family. Please call Mrs. Cassady at 571-252-2900 if you need assistance. Her office schedule is listed below.
Evergreen Mill Parent Liaison Schedule
Monday - 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday - 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Wednesday - 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Thursday - 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM