Cape Horn-Skye: This week I saw a wonderful example of collaboration between grade levels (1stgrade Teacher Nichol Yung & 5thgrade teacher Moira Gray). The 5thgrade buddies showed up in the 1stgrade classroom, with the task of getting to know each other, planning to provide reading support in the future, and to collaborate on the writing process. The two teachers shared that they were looking for a way to help the 1stgraders with the writing process and get editing support. What they found was a great way for the 5thgraders to develop their leadership skills, review the mechanics of writing, and develop authentic mentoring relationships. The room was “abuzz” with engagement and excitement as about 45 students practiced the “joy of learning”! Well done!
The Camas Washougal Community Chest: I hope you will take a few minutes to consider supporting the Camas-Washougal Community Chest. The is a non-profit organization that strives to support our local community and assist our families who are in need. There are many worthwhile organizations who receive annual support from this group, including the Washougal Principal’s Checkbook. This “Principal’s Checkbook” fund helps our students make sure that they can participate in sports and band via assisting with student fees. It also helps purchase clothing, shoes and school supplies for our kids. As a board member on the Community Chest, I have seen how your generous support can make a difference for our local community. I am enclosing a link to their website if you would like to donate. I am also attaching their annual report so you can see the additional supports they offer our community. Thank you in advance for considering!
Grounds and Maintenance: A special “shout out” to our Grounds and Maintenance Department, led by Joe Steinbrenner! Again, they have prepared clean, safe, visually attractive, and welcoming spaces for our students to learn in. We appreciate the time and “love” that the entire team has put forth to get our buildings BEAUTIFUL for the start of the 2019-20 school year.
Inspiration this week: Our vision is to Know, Nurture, and Challenge all of our students. A great example of this can be seen in the Hathaway 1,2,3 GROW program. This program offers our earliest learners (age 3-5) and their parents the opportunity to get set for a successful entrance into our Kindergarten programs in the future. Our little learners, parents, and our excellent staff gather on Wednesdays to learn the routines, structures, songs, and fun of school. Thanks to Leslie DeShazer for her inspirational leadership of this program! (photo from this week…our largest and most diverse group of students and parents yet!)