Increase Miller Elementary School
Letter from the Principal
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Dear Increase Miller Families,
Since the announcement of the closure of Lewisboro Elementary School and the District's reorganization plan, many questions have been raised about next steps during the transition. I want to reassure you that as a district, we are working closely together, and we recognize the difference of circumstances that students and staff members from across the district will experience throughout the transition as they exit, enter or remain in particular schools. As members of the District’s Transition Steering Committee we are involved in the process of class placement and articulation, assignment or reassignment of staff, development of new grade level teams and departments, alignment of curriculum and instruction as well as the logistics of packing, moving, and construction of instructional space. This is a huge undertaking, but we have a collective interest in ensuring a smooth transition.
Most recently, you should have received a letter from the District stating your child's school of attendance for September 2014. If you did not receive a communication from the District regarding your child’s school of attendance, please notify our main office so that we can assist you. A Redistricting Information Link is also posted on the District’s website at www.klschooldistrict.org. Presently, the link includes an initial parent communication from the District and the KLSD redistricting map. Updates will be posted in the near future.
On January 24th, a communication was sent out with suggestions for how to speak with your child regarding future transitions. This resource will remain available online for your reference. At this time, I would like to provide you with some updates, including action steps that have been implemented.
In addition to a District Steering Committee, a Student Transition Committee has been formed. This Committee is comprised of the elementary principals, staff, and parent representatives from each of the four elementary schools and district administration. The Committee has set out to accomplish the following goals:
- Orienting students with their assigned school of attendance for September 2014
- Initiating relationships with others who will be part of their school community in the 2014-2015 school year
- Promoting the idea of creating three new elementary school communities where existing customs are respected while new traditions are created (short/long term goal)
To date, the Committee has met four times with future meetings scheduled for the next several months. Increase Miller is in a unique position as students are transitioning to KES, students are remaining at IMES, and students from LES are transitioning to IMES. The scheduling of these activities is being carefully looked at as we want all students to feel safe, comfortable, and included, rather than excluded. In motion are the plans for students to visit their respective new school with their grade level peers before school breaks for summer vacation. Visitations are being designed with fun in mind as our children meet significant people, locate key places, and discover the things that make their new school special.
For those families who are redistricted to the KES school community, please know that you can contact me regarding any concerns you have related to your child’s transition. In the near future, we will host a parent session with families and Miss Alice Cronin, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. Mrs. Tammy Eliades, a current IMES parent who is also redistricted, is the liason for the families in the KES school community as she is a member of the Student Transition Committee. Mrs. Mary Gaza, a former PTO President at KES and current President of Parent Council, is also working with Mrs. Eliades to assist with the transition. If you are interested in receiving transitioning communications, please e-mail Tammy Eliades at email@example.com or Mary Gaza at firstname.lastname@example.org
There have also been specific questions regarding Increase Miller’s capacity for September 2014, and at the February 11th PTA Meeting, I addressed some concerns. Based on the District’s projections, I anticipate 23 general education K-5 sections and two self-contained special education classrooms. The range of projected class sizes is 19 students to 24 students. As per the Board of Education Meeting on Thursday, February 20th, the District Office is relocating and we will be using that space for classrooms in the fall. We will continue to maintain a computer lab as well. Small additional offices and rooms will be constructed to accommodate clinicians and small group instruction. Our Operations and Maintenance Department will be handling the requirements for this work.
Administration is aware of the importance of timely staffing decisions for next year. We know that you are interested in having the opportunity to provide input about class placement. The District Transition Steering Committee will be developing plans and timelines with sensitivity to these matters. You will be provided with more detailed information as it becomes available.
As critical as it is to implement a positive transition over the next several months, I want to emphasize the importance of providing our children with as much normalcy as possible throughout the spring semester. We plan to focus on the day to day experiences that are such a critical part of those special elementary years. With that being said, student transition activities such as the school visitation, grade level celebrations, and special projects will begin later in the school year, and you will be notified of those dates so that you too can prepare your child.
If your child is experiencing anxiety, please contact School Psychologist, Mr. Michael Weschler or Social Worker, Mrs. Wendy Bucaj.
I will have more to share with you as the transition process continues to unfold. Please know that there are many people collaborating district-wide to create positive new experiences for all of the elementary students.
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