Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year at Linden Hill and to the first issue of the Linden Hill Happenings! The Principal’s Message will be posted on our website every month as will the “Happenings.” In addition, your child will receive a paper copy of the newsletter. This newsletter will provide you with information about school and district events. It will also provide you with information from the PTA.
The first issue of the Linden Hill Happenings details for you specific information about important dates, using the onsite car rider line, and the Red Clay calendar. Coming soon will be a Welcome Back Packet and a Parent Handbook which includes important information about our practices and routines that will assist in making the school year successful for you and your child. We ask that you please take a few minutes and review the newsletter, the Parent Handbook and the Welcome Back Packet.
At the time of this writing, Linden Hill has an enrollment of 872 students who comprise 6 kindergarten classes, 7 first grades, 7 second grades, 6 third grades, 6 fourth grades, and 5 fifth grades.
We have had a busy summer getting ready for the school year and have added some new members to our teaching staff: Christine Saggese has joined out first grade team; Jessica Annand, Farah Siddiqui and Jen Walmsley (who is in for Mrs. Burrows) have joined our third grade team. Deb Lewkowitz has returned to Linden Hill in the role of Educational Diagnostician/Instructional Support and Jackie Purcell joins us in the role of psychologist. We are fortunate to have Deb and Jackie with us full time this year. Joining our special education team are Courtney Neiman and Eric Casler.
Joining our related arts team: Sue Peo, who will be teaching our band classes and Susan Palmer, who will be teaching Enrichment – Spanish Experience.
Joining our administrative team as an additional Assistant Principal is Ms. Lauren Young.
We are expanding our related arts offerings for the 2012 – 2013 school year. We will continue to offer Art, Music, Library, Physical Education and Technology but will add Spanish Experience. Through this offering, children will be exposed to the Spanish language through songs and activities. The addition of this related arts class will warrant a 6 day rotating schedule – please look for more information about your child’s related arts rotation from the classroom teacher.
You may have noticed some additions to our playground as you enter the campus. The district provided the funding to install new playground equipment. They have also been doing work on our downspouts and catch basins to help with water drainage. We are hopeful that our enlarged mulched area will afford us dry areas for recess when grassy areas are wet. Our PTA playground committee has been diligent with weed control! Many thanks.
The Red Clay Consolidated School District has adopted a Food Allergy Policy which states that all food sent in to share with students must be pre-packaged and contain a commercial ingredient label, no homemade food items are allowed. The District has also adopted a “no latex” policy. Latex bandages and gloves are no longer used in the Nurses’ offices and latex balloons are not allowed in school.
School celebrations: If you are asked to send in a treat for a classroom celebration, i.e. 100th day of school, holiday celebrations aligned to the curriculum, etc. we are asking you to work with your child’s teacher to assure compliance with the “District’s Guidelines for Managing Students with Food Allergies” and other related nutrition mandates.
Snack: We know that students perform better when they feed their brains and are well hydrated. Teachers will be sending home information regarding setting aside time for students to enjoy small healthy snack if they are assigned to a late lunch. We ask that you avoid sending nuts or any product containing nuts as we have several students who have nut allergies. Please reinforce with your child that snacks and lunch items are not meant to be shared with friends unless it is a classroom celebration. Students are encouraged to bring water bottles daily so they remain hydrated throughout the day.
Birthdays: In keeping with our wellness initiatives and the District’s commitment to providing a safe learning environment for all students, individual student birthdayswill not be celebrated with food. Please do not send food items, i.e. cupcakes, cookies, rice crispy treats, goody bags, etc. in with your child as they will not be distributed. Birthdays will continue to be acknowledged monthly and students will be presented with a birthday pencil by the principal.
As we begin another school year together, I remind you of the kindness of our neighbors in Linden Hill Village. These folks share their development so that our children can have an easy and safe access to and from school each day. Please be courteous as you access the car line by following speed limits and not blocking driveways.
We consider ourselves very fortunate to be in partnership with such a dedicated group of teachers, staff, and families. We would like to extend an invitation to all our families to become actively involved in our Linden Hill community. Together we can continue to build upon the outstanding learning environment Linden Hill has to offer children.
We look forward to a wonderful school year!
Deborah M. Brady, Principal
Nathan Palkovitz, Assistant Principal