Welcome Back School Year 2013-14
Dear Claire Lilienthal Families,
Welcome to the 2013-2014 School Year at Claire Lilienthal K-8 Alternative School.
We are so proud of our students, teachers, and families, who together make Claire Lilienthal one of the most successful and highly regarded learning communities in California. This year we will continue to build on that success. Our Back to School Night schedule will be published in our first Wednesday Bulletin which is sent home weekly, along with notification of other calendared events and school news in your Wednesday Envelope, which must be signed by all parents from grades K-8 and returned each week. Visit our website ClaireLilienthal.org which keeps a great deal of information current throughout the year, including the school Master Calendar.
Two priorities will be shaping our work as a Faculty this year. The first one is to continue our second year of work toward alignment to the California Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Teacher leaders will be working with us to build this capacity from within, and we have a year long plan in place for that work with our staff. Parents should not expect any sudden “shift” in what your children are being taught in class. The CCSS will gradually change how and what is taught over time. A summary of the basic changes in English Language Arts and Math was sent home to you last Spring, and we will revisit that with you throughout the year. We are very excited about this work so that all of our students are working toward acquiring 21st century skills.
Our second priority includes school climate, and our efforts to eliminate bullying and teach our children to be kind to one another, even when someone is harmed. We will continue to use the common language of Restorative Practices and Restorative Circles when responding to conflict (see SFUSD.edu - Restorative Practices for more information). Lilienthal has also received a substantial grant to pay for the “No Bully” Foundation partnership. This new program includes coaching for school leadership, conflict resolution training, solution coach training, professional development for teachers, and a Parent/Guardian Workshop. The No Bully Parent/Guardian Workshop is scheduled for all K – 8 Families on Thursday, September 26th, at 6:00 pm at the Scott Campus.
Other exciting news includes a new partnership with San Francisco Education Outside, which will bring new resources and streamlined planning for our students’ educational opportunities in the green spaces at both campuses during the school day. We also welcome back our partnership with the San Francisco Arts Education Project. We will also continue our second year of expanding after school opportunities for our students, and are looking forward to bringing back many of those after school clubs and enrichment opportunities again and hopefully some new ones as well. Watch your Wednesday Envelope for more information.
Elementary Grades Physical Education Consultancies (privately paid consultancies) have ended in the San Francisco Unified School District. Our Kindergarten through 5th grade P.E. program will be replaced by an SFUSD Funded program, in which a part time teacher, equipment, curriculum, and training for our own classroom teachers will be included and paid for by SFUSD. Unfortunately those positions have yet to be filled, so we are beginning the year with this unexpected challenge. We will keep you informed as we work with the district to keep a quality P.E. program for our elementary students.
Also new this year is the long awaited Korean Immersion Program Language Pathway, also funded by SFUSD. Thanks to our work with district administration, our dedicated parents, SFUSD Board of Education Members, the Korean Consulate, and SFKEIA, we are able to fund this program through our school budget and additional funding from SFUSD. This is really a “dream come true” for the KIP students at Claire Lilienthal.
Parent volunteerism is a hallmark of Claire Lilienthal. Almost all of our fun and helpful volunteer opportunities are published weekly in our Wednesday Envelope, which is also published weekly on the school web site. Your child’s classroom teacher and room parents will also have many wonderful ideas for our volunteer efforts. Our heartfelt thanks to our PTA and to all of the PTA Fundraising efforts throughout the year, bringing additional supports, resources, materials, and programs which make Claire Lilienthal a very special school. Thank you also to the elected members of the School Site Council, for creating an academic plan (Balanced Scorecard) which will guide our work this year, in alignment with our school site budget, and which is written based on your input through community meetings and surveys, as well as input from teachers based on meetings and surveys. We look forward to continuing this process with you again this year.
Once again, all the best for a promising and exciting 2013-2014 School Year.
William Hack, Principal Patty Harmon, Assistant Principal