It is with great enthusiasm and a big smile that I welcome you to the 2013-2014 school year! For me, I always find the summer is a perfect time to reflect on our past goals and begin planning for the new year. This summer I was able to attend an institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education focused on inclusive, welcoming schools and how important it is that families feel connected to their school. There’s considerable research that documents the importance of children feeling a sense of belonging, creating good friends and being engaged in making academic progress. All of these factors are highly predictive of success in school. This year, we will planmany opportunities for both students and families that will facilitate the connection with new
friends and building of relationships.