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    Posted on 09/03/2018
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    "It takes a Village to raise a child.”
    ~African Proverb~

    Dear Van Asselt Families,

    Welcome to a new and exciting 2018-19 school year! I hope you are having a wonderful summer break filled with adventures. It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Principal of Van Asselt Elementary School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition of honoring and celebrating diverse cultures representing our community. I have been dedicated to the field of education for over seventeen years. I started out as a Bilingual Instructional Assistant at the old Van Asselt, taught Kindergarten for 7 years at South Shore, and taught first grade and was a K-5 reading specialist at Bailey Gatzert. My most recent administrative experience was at Hazel Valley in Highline where I served as an Assistant Principal in a PK-6 school. I am a proud mother of 4 children so I know the importance of family engagement to the success of our children’s social and academic achievement.

    My staff and I are excited to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child(ren)’s success. We will accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for all children, providing supportive systems to assure they are met, creating a positive school culture, setting high standards for teacher performance, and building strong partnership with the community. It is our goal at Van Asselt that we know ALL of our students by Name, Strength and Need and we work collaboratively with families to ensure students are reaching their highest potential.

    This year is going to be amazing as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections. As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors-teachers, students and parents/guardians-are excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment. My door is always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to call (206-252-7505) or email (htlam@seattleschools.org) me if you have any questions/feedback/concerns throughout the school year.

    We look forward to working with you as a team to help each student at Van Asselt meet their goals and have a successful school year! Below are some important dates and school reminders to remember.

    August 10th 5:00-7:00 PM: Title 1 Pot Luck with the Principal. Come for an informal get together and chat with the new principal, Ms. Lam. Halal hot dogs provided. Please bring your favorite side dish or dessert. Learn about the CSIP focus on reading for the 18-19 school year and receive free books for students to finish as part of their summer reading.

    August 20th-24th 9:00-12:00 PM Kindergarten Jump Start. Breakfast will start at 8:45 AM. This is a great opportunity for our Kindergarten students to meet their teachers and classmates while learning important school procedures and class rules/routines. Please make every effort to send your child to school during this important week.

    August 30th 1:00-3:00 PM: Title 1 Welcome Back Meet, Greet & Treats. Come meet your child’s teacher, families and our community partners. We hope to see ALL of our families. Activities are on the playground and families will have a chance to learn about enrichment activities from some of our community partners, and about Raz-Kids, our online reading resource for the 18-19 school year.

    ATTENDANCE
    Please be sure your child comes to school each day rested and ready to learn. Attendance and arriving on time are important for your child to succeed in school. Students who are consistently tardy are at a clear disadvantage and usually arrive feeling frantic and unprepared. Our school day begins at 7:53 AM when students begin to go to class with their teachers and ends at 2:25 PM (M-T-Th-F). Every Wednesday, school will be dismissed 75 minutes early at 1:10 PM. Please make sure students are picked up on time, as teachers and office staff have meetings immediately after dismissal. Given our early start time, if you would like to talk to a teacher, please make an appointment with them for after school.

    All students who arrive after 7:55 AM must obtain a tardy slip from the attendance assistant prior to entering their classroom. If your child is sick, please report the absence by calling the school office at (206) 252-7500. Our office hours are from 7:25 – 3:30 PM, you can always leave a message on the voicemail. Please make every attempt to schedule family vacations during our set vacation days throughout the year. Extended vacations during the school year are highly discouraged.

    BREAKFAST/ARRIVAL
    All students who arrive 7:30-7:50AM will be served free breakfast in the cafeteria! See the map at the end of this letter for location for car drop off location by the student entrance in the back of the school. Based upon eligibility, which is determined by Seattle Public Schools Nutrition Services, school provided lunch will be free, reduced, or full price. You can bring your own lunch from home. If you did not receive an application for the free/reduced meals program in the mail over the summer, please pick one up in the office and they are also available online. All applications must be completed, signed, and returned to school by October 1st, 2018. *Please note that if your child is coming to school by bus, they will be served breakfast at the time of their arrival. Classroom teachers will meet their students on the playground at 7:53 AM and walk students to class at that time. The school day will start promptly at 7:55 AM when teachers and students arrive in class. Any student not in their seat and ready to learn after the 7:55 AM bell rings will be considered late, and will need to see an office staff member to get a tardy slip, with few exceptions.

    BUSSES/DISMISSAL
    The bus loading zone is on Rose Street after school. The SPS transportation department will be mailing bus route and pickup and drop off information to families in late August. At the end of the school day, all students riding the bus will be escorted to the bus loading zone and/or the pick-up area in the cafeteria. If families have more than one child getting picked up, please know that your oldest child will be allowed to pair up with his/her younger sibling(s) at their pickup table in the cafeteria. If students are not picked up by 2:40 PM (M-T-Th-F) or 1:25 PM (W), they will be escorted to the main office to make phone calls home.

    HOMEWORK
    Students in K through 5th grade are required to complete their daily assignments. Please encourage your child to complete these required assignments by providing a specific place, without television and as few distractions as possible. Check and praise your child for their hard work and make sure that their assignments are in their backpack ready to be turned in the following day.

    SAFETY
    During the school day, all exterior doors will be locked to ensure your child’s safety. The front door is the only entrance Office staff will buzz open the door for families to enter. It is required that all family members sign in at the office when visiting the building and wear a visitor pass or picking students up for early dismissal. All volunteers must wear a volunteer badge when on campus. Parents and students are encouraged to support Van Asselt’s “Code of Behavior”. With everyone’s support and compliance with the guidelines established, our students and teachers will be able to work in an environment that encourages learning and academic growth.

    SCHOOL SUPPLIES
    Please check with your child(ren)’s teacher at the Meet, Greet and Treats event on August 30th or after the first day of school. As you prepare for the upcoming school year, please make sure to label ALL belongings such as jackets, supplies, lunch boxes and backpacks.

    STUDENT ATTIRE/DRESS CODE
    Students should dress appropriately for a school setting. No bare shoulders. No open toe shoes/flip-flops. Sneakers must always be worn for physical education classes.

    DATES TO REMEMBER:
    August 10th 5:00-7:00 PM: Title 1 Potluck with the Principal in the cafeteria
    August 20th-24th 9:00-12:00 PM: Kindergarten Jumpstart
    August 25th 11:00-3:00 PM: New Holly Family Fun Fest (outside the library)
    August 27th: Class Lists posted on main office windows
    August 30th 1:00-3:00 PM: Title 1 Welcome Back Meet, Greet and Treats on the playground
    September 5th: 1st-5th grades First Day of School
    September 10th: First Day of Kindergarten
    September 26th: 5:30-7:30 PM: Curriculum Night
    September 28th: Picture Day
    October 12th: No School: District In-service Day
    November 8: Picture Retakes

    Working Together,

    Ms. Lam
    Principal

    Ms. Kovach
    Assistant Principal