Garfield Principal Letter & More!

July/August 2022

In This Edition

  • 2022-2023 Principal Welcome Letter
  • Meet Rachael Williams: Art!
  • Meet & Greet Registration (if you plan on attending, click here to register)
  • School Parent Organization Sign Up
  • Student Dress Expectations
  • Classroom Supply Lists REMINDER
  • August & September Events REMINDER

Coming Soon:

  • Meet Lindsey Toth: 5th Grade!
  • First Week of School Information
  • Classroom Assignments & Student Schedules
  • and More!

2022-2023 Principal Welcome Letter

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Meet Rachael Williams!

Hello Garfield families! My name is Rachael Williams and I am so excited to be teaching Art at Garfield this year. I'm looking forward to meeting you all soon but until then, here is a little bit about me. I grew up in Rocky River but come from a big West Park family. I studied art at Bard College in upstate New York and lived in New York City working as an artist's assistant after I graduated. I began my teaching career in Baltimore City Public Schools before moving back to Cleveland. Since moving back, I've taught at Breakthrough Public Schools for the last 7 years. I'm a true believer that all people are artists. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Garfield students, cultivating their creativity, imagination, and curiosity about the world around them. I hope you all are having a fun and relaxing summer. See you soon!

School Parent Organization (SPO)

The School Parent Organization is a vital part of our school community. During SPO meetings, families have the opportunity to support our school's academic achievement, plan events, fundraise, solve school-based issues, and more. If you would like to be part of the 2022-2023 SPO, please click here to sign-up. SPO sign-up will also be available during Meet & Greet.

Student Dress Expectations

The responsibility for the dress and appearance of a student rests primarily with the student and their parents or guardians. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment, the district believes in the following basic principles:

  • All students are encouraged to dress in a manner that is appropriate, comfortable and conducive to an active academic school day.
  • Students should be able to wear clothing without fear of or actual unnecessary discipline or body shaming.
  • The student dress code should serve to support all students to develop a body-positive self-image.
  • The district standard dress and appearance policy is gender neutral and applies to all students equally regardless of gender on school campuses and at school-sponsored functions and will be enforced consistently and fairly by all members of the school staff.

To read the rest of the Student Dress Expectations, including examples of inappropriate clothing and potential consequences, please click here.

August & September Events


  • 8/19: Meet & Greet, 4p-6p
  • 8/22: First Day of School (1st-8th). Arrival: 8:10a-8:30a
  • 8/26: First Day of Kindergarten. Arrival: 8:10a-8:30a


  • 9/2: First Day of PreSchool
  • 9/5: Labor Day: No School for Students & Staff
  • 9/6: After School Programs Begin
  • 9/13: Principal's Tea & Coffee
  • 9/15: Open House & 8th Grade Parent Night
  • 9/22: Father's Walk
  • 9/22: Math Night
  • 9/23: Professional Development Day: No School for Students