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Principal's Corner: October 4, 2017

Dear Families,

It was a pleasure to see so many of you at our Back to School Night. I know it’s a busy time of year, and so I wanted to reiterate a couple of highlights of my welcome message for families. I thank you for trusting us with your children, your most precious little ones. I take that trust very seriously and hope to build that trust over time.
Parents and guardians are a critical piece of the educational puzzle for students. We know that when parents are involved, students do much better in school! Being involved can look different for different families--it does not mean that you need to be at school every day and volunteer for everything!

Parents can improve student outcomes by talking about school at home, by ensuring students connect their learning to the real world and by letting teachers know when students are struggling with work at home. Parents can get to know the standards we are working toward and work on them at home, too!

It has been a few years since Baldwin released a parent handbook. We have some work to do before it’s ready, but I recognize that parents want and need clarity and information, and so we’ll get that to you as soon as possible. Included in the handbook we’ll release will be information about our newly created schoolwide rules and expectations as well as follow up procedures and consequences for when we encounter unexpected student behavior.  

As I mentioned above, we need for you get to know the learning standards for your children. Our website is one way to find these standards--go to baldwin.cpsd.us and you can click on academics there to find detailed information by grade level. You can also call the school and we can print you a hard copy. When you know what kids are learning, it empowers you to reinforce this at home and also empowers you to ask detailed questions about your child’s progress.

Please keep in touch and let us know how we can best support your child’s growth. We’re all in this together!

Warmly,

Heidi