June 12, 2016
As we approach the end of the school year, I regret to announce the retirement of our third grade teacher, Janice Hiser. Mrs. Hiser has been with Seaside for about twenty-eight years and she will be well missed. Dedicated to her students, especially those who struggled, Janice has always put the children first. Mrs. Hiser has been a professional who treated her position not as a job, but as a vocation. Indeed, she has fulfilled that calling here at Seaside by helping many and leaving a positive impact on the lives of the students and adults she has touched. Join me in thanking Hiser for her years of service and wishing her the best of luck in her future as she returns to her home state of Oklahoma.
Portfolio Day was a glorious reminder of the magic that takes place when the school and the home work together for the benefit of the children. The growth and progress evidenced in the work and explained by the students is heart-warming. I am sure that the portfolios contained treasures that will remind you through the years of the little person who once walked the halls of Seaside. They grow so fast! Thank you for all who were able to join us and to those who helped children other than their own feel proud of their accomplishments this year.
The annual school wide tug-of-was will take place on the last day of school. We need some strong parent volunteers to help with this. The ropes need to be brought out of the PE shed, placed on the field and then the game needs to be monitored and ropes reset after each round. If you are interested in this important work, please let us know in the office.
On Friday, June 17 we will have our last assembly of the year. Mrs. Hester will present the Biliteracy Award to students who have demonstrated proficiency in English and a foreign language. This is a state award with different requirements in elementary, middle and high school. Students deemed Biliterate receive recognition on their high school diploma. Being bilingual is a great asset in life. In fact, research shows that bilingual students out perform their monolingual counterparts academically and on standardized tests. So, I encourage everyone to study a foreign language or nurture the home language in an effort to make our community stronger and exercise brain power.
Again, as we reach the end of the school year, I remind you to please return all library books to the school. Teachers will hold the achievement reports of those students who have not returned books. Parents will be able to pick up those reports from the office when the books are returned or paid for, if lost. This way, we can maintain our library book collection which has been acquired through fund raising and donations. Thank you for your continued support.
Have a lovely week, everyone!