Wecome to the 2019-20 School Year!

Dear Mt. Baldy School Families both old and new,

I am so excited to start another school year with your children and our amazing staff and school board. I got to take a little time off for a vacation with my husband and recently fledged adult children. Things were pretty busy here at school. We had lots of community members, and even our own school board members, doing lots of projects to fix up our little school. We are so grateful for all the support we receive from our families and community; it is truly what makes this school magical.

Please read a Welcome Letter below for important information about the beginning of school

Best, Nancy

 August 18, 2019

 Dear Mt. Baldy School Families and Students:

 All of us at Mt. Baldy School are hoping you are enjoying your last few days of summer. Welcome to the new school year!  We are looking forward to seeing students, both familiar and new, later next week! 

 Our first day of school is Thursday, August 22rd.  School begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 1:05 p.mPlease notice that Friday, August 23rd will also be an early release day which will end at 1:05 p.m. Be on the lookout during the first week of school for lots of important paperwork coming home with your student for you to read, sign and return.

 As we begin the new school year together, please be sure to mark your calendar for Back to School night starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 29th. Your children’s teachers will be providing important information about their programs. We encourage you to leave your students at home as this is a parent information night. Be sure to visit the P.T.A. membership table and become a member! Please look for further details about Back to School night in your students’ paperwork the first week of school.

 Also check out our this website for our bus schedule, lunch menu and school calendar. Our P.T.A. also sends out helpful “News Flashes” about upcoming events to families that indicated they wish to receive emails from P.T.A. on registration paperwork.

 As has been tradition in previous years, we will meet in the amphitheater at 8:00 a.m. on the first day of school to introduce our eighth graders, Kindergarteners, other new students, and participate in the student-led pledge of allegiance.  You are welcome to join us! 

 We are excited to have two new members join our staff. Ms. Stacy Maizel will be supporting our staff as Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA). Ms. Nora Pasma will be teaming with Ms. Lois Dean in the 3rd-4th grade classroom. We welcome these excellent educators!

 We want you to be aware of an important change in place this year.  In order to assure student safety, students of all grades who come to school late, or are picked up late, may not be dropped off at the front gate, but rather must be escorted into the office by an adult, even on our Whole School Movement on Thursdays. The same is true for late pick-ups—an adult must come into the building to pick up their student. We do not have staff supervision after the beginning or conclusion of school. Thank you for being prepared to do your part to assure your child’s welfare in these circumstances.

 A big focus of our staff this year will be to support and encourage your children to be at school, on time, every day that they are in good health. Students who attend school as much as possible enjoy school more and experience greater academic growth.

Consider this, one study found that students who arrived at school academically ready to learn— but then missed 10 percent of their kindergarten and first grade years—scored an average of 60 points below similar students with good attendance on third-grade measures of learning (Attendance in Early Elementary Grades: Association with Student Characteristics, School Readiness and Third Grade Outcomes, Applied Survey Research, July 2011).

We understand that absence is inevitable due to illness or injury, but please support your child’s success in school by making sure that he/she is at school every day on time.

The staff, Mt. Baldy School Board, and I are looking forward to another year of working alongside you in supporting your students’ curiosity, academic and social growth, and love for learning.

 

Sincerely,

 Nancy Sirski

Superintendent/Principal