To our SJCA Sharky Family and Friends,
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year, a year that promises continued growth for each student. When I began working at SJCA in 1998 as a 2nd grade teacher, I was so excited to think about the opportunities students were going to have that were innovative, engaging and most importantly, done together, as a community. Eighteen years later, it is thrilling to know we have continued to work together in the best interest of our students and families, improving and innovating along the way. Has it been easy? Not always, but worthy endeavors deserve great effort, tenacity and passion. We learn from our missteps as much as from our success; it is part of life’s growth process.
We will continue to build upon our commitment to core values, academic and leadership values in embarking on The Leader in Me, built upon the foundation of the Stephen Covey’s work of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”. This will be a school-wide, TK through eighth grade program, developing student leadership skills and helping each child discover their own unique strengths. We will be sharing more about this program at our Back-to- School nights and throughout the year. If you would like to get an overview of the program, there is a YouTube channel dedicated to The Leader in Me, as well as a website, www.theleaderinme.org.
There have been some exciting school improvements over the summer. Most notably, students playing on Sharky’s Tower and in the Kindergarten playground will have foam surfaces! Our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), has generously sponsored $25,000 towards this school project. We will also be adding more hopscotches for students to use during recess. Additionally, outdoor lighting has been enhanced and much brighter.
Please take time to review the purple enclosures: our Dress Code Policy and Traffic Flow Guidelines. We have also enclosed a meal pricing update information from Executive Director, Dr. Patton and the National School Lunch application for you. You can also complete the forms online by going to our website.
Feel free to stop by my office to visit, call or email me to share your experiences, needs or concerns; your children are our top priority.
Mrs. Erin Shiroma