Kathryn Forgas: Principal Christina Treadwell: Assistant Principal
forgaske@pwcs.edu
  treadwcl@pwcs.edu 

August 19, 2019

Welcome back continuing Roadrunner families and welcome to our newest Roadrunners!  I hope you all had a wonderful summer with family and friends.  It is hard to believe that the 2019-2020 school year has arrived.  We are excited for a great start and look forward to seeing so many Roadrunner families at our Kindergarten Camp, Meet and Greet, and PTA Kickoff Barbeque.

Coles is bustling with excitement as our students step foot in the building and begin a year of continued learning, STEM activities, environmental awareness opportunities, hands on science activities, math games and math groups, reading, writing, exploration, goal setting, using mindfulness techniques, and being respectful and responsible.


The staff at Coles has worked hard to prepare for our students and are ready to embark on this new adventure.  Please use class or staff webpages, the Coles webpage, Coles Facebook and Twitter pages, PTA facebook and webpage, and ParentVue to keep abreast of all that goes on throughout the school year and how your child(ren) are doing in their elementary career.

Please take a moment to ask your child about their expectations for themselves as a student, their expectations of their teacher, and their expectations of their peers and class.  Additionally, students will be positively reinforced for the good choices they have made in their learning environment in a variety of ways throughout a school day such as earning points for their element, receiving positive post cards or phone calls home, and best of all, learning what they need to know, receiving a World Class Education, and being able to do what they love in their careers as adults.  Again, the decision is up to each individual student to be positive, make good choices, and to impact others in a positive way.

We also want our parents to play a role in encouraging their child(ren) to be reflective in their approach to setting, monitoring, and reaching goals.  Students in grades 3-5 will be coming home at each interim time with their data folders to review with parents and discuss strategies they used to reach goals and things they can do to improve their performance.  This will prove to be a valuable experience for our students as we encourage responsibility and accountability.  Some classrooms will also be focused on teaching students how to lead Student Led Conferences with their parents at the scheduled Parent/ Teacher Conference Day in November.  Students will share their learning accomplishments and reflections of continuous improvement.

We would like to thank the generous donations from PTA to assist us in purchasing library books, a new piano, laptops, Kindles, and other technology items.  This year, we will continue using our Maker Space to be used by all students and classrooms as they brainstorm, explore, and go through the problem solving process while using their science, math, artistic skills, engineering, creativity, reading, and writing to build STEM projects.  The Fitness Trail will continue to be used to promote physical activity on a daily basis to build their core.  Mrs. Brady explains the rules and expectations for using the Fitness Trail to all students at the beginning of the school year to make sure they know the importance of staying safe.
  
We look forward to another great year of working with our PTA Executive Board and Members to directly impact student learning as we set goals to be able to purchase additional technology equipment to benefit students.  Additionally, we look forward to working with our Coles' Advisory Council (CAC) to discuss school budget, data, and other functions within the school to keep our focus on making sure our students thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.

We can't wait to see parents at Back to School Night on September 23.  Thank you for your continued support and active participation in your child's education.  We know the Coles' learning community will enjoy another terrific school year and continue to be a School of Excellence.

Together in learning,
Kathryn Forgas