Dear Parents and Guardians -
The start of every school year is an exciting time for students as they look forward to seeing old friends, meeting new friends, getting to know their teacher and learning new things. This year as a parent, I had the opportunity to bring my oldest daughter to Colorado University in Boulder to begin her college journey. During move in it was fun to see students setting up dorm rooms and navigating interactions with new students on their floor.
As we said goodbye it was a bittersweet moment - there were feelings of happiness and also a bit of sadness - not because she was no longer living at our home, but because the start of college signifies a shift in life where your child takes that step towards living on their own. At that moment I also reflected on the fact that my wife and I have done our best to prepare our daughter for the world and that a large part of what comes next is up to her.
Parents who have children at Coyote Ridge Elementary entrust all staff members at our school to work to provide the best possible education for their child. While we often think about academic achievement in school, we need to recognize that a big part of our job is also to provide a strong social and emotional foundation for every student. This aligns directly with Adams 12 goals which focus on student achievement, culture and community, and the social/emotional well being of students.
This year we have a renewed focus on all three of these goals. Teachers are utilizing morning meetings to build classroom community. Over the past few weeks we have taken pictures of every staff member and every student in our school identifying their name, strength and need. We want to get to know people better and be aware of what we need to do to assure their success.
As always, we welcome and appreciate the partnerships we build with parents to help us do this important work with the intent of looking back someday and being able to say with confidence that we did the very best we could do, collectively, to assure our children will be successful long after they finish high school.