Dear Willamette families,
Over the past few weeks, our school has been filled with numerous examples of why Willamette is such a special place. From our Rhythms Program to Read to Us Week to the Battle of the Books to our Science Fair, these memorable experiences help support each child to flourish. Within our classrooms, each and every day, I am inspired by the learning your children are engaged in, as well as how they talk about their learning. As a 5th grade student recently told me after completing a series of projects: “I learned that when I put effort in, I can do anything.” Building this belief students have in their own self-efficacy goes hand in hand with their academic achievement. Teaching our children about how to learn, in conjunction with what we learn, builds this belief students have in themselves. Across our school, from kindergarten to fifth grade, our students are learning not just about the world around them, but about who they are and can be.
I hope that you will be able to join us for student led conferences in just a few weeks. You will hear from your child about what the growth they have made and their goals for the rest of the year. We will have a different format for our spring conferences this year. Since March 23rd was reinstated as a school day for students on account of winter weather, the majority of conferences will occur on Friday, March 24th. While we won't be able to offer individual conferences, we will strive to preserve the "student-led" nature with an open house style. Our conference sign-up will be live on Wednesday, March 8th at 5:30 pm. Our focus is to ensure that we are able to connect with each family, celebrate achievements by your children, and share areas of continued growth. Some classrooms, due to extenuating circumstances, may offer conferences at other times. If for some reason you are unable to make it to your child’s conference, I'm sure your student's teacher would welcome a phone conversation. Thank you for your understanding of this modified approach to spring conferences- the special circumstances regarding the weather this winter has forced all of us to be creative and flexible with our plans.
As you probably know, West Linn - Wilsonville is adding a 4th middle school this summer. Meridian Creek Middle School is scheduled to open in Fall of 2017. The School Board recently adopted new adjusted boundaries for the middle school level. In order to help with planning for all 4 middle schools, we are confirming where each 5th, 6th, and 7th grade student intends to enroll for next year. On Friday, February 24, a letter and Enrollment Intention Form were mailed for each student currently in grades 5, 6, and 7 in the district. The Enrollment Intention Form needs to be returned to the school office no later than March 20. If you have any questions about this, please feel free to call the school.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns that you have. I look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks, as we celebrate the growth your children have made at Willamette Primary!