Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome back to all our returning East End students and parents! Welcome to all our new East End students and parents. It is with great excitement and anticipation that I welcome you and your child to the 2016-2017 school year at East End Elementary! We have many great things planned for the upcoming school year and are eager to begin with you and your child. It is our hope that you and your family had a wonderful summer and are eagerly anticipating the new school year. We want to partner closely with you throughout this year as we work together for the success of all our students. Cooperation between the home and school are vital as we work to provide the very best learning environment for your child. This is only possible when the home and school work together. There are many great things planned for all our students for 2016-2017. It is going to be a great year!
I encourage you to be an active participant in your child’s learning this year by assisting your child each day to see that the homework assignments and preparations for the next day of school are completed. This assistance and cooperation is vital to your child’s success in school. The agendas that are used by the school for each student are valuable tools to use between the home and school throughout the year. It is our hope that you will review your child’s agenda daily for homework assignments, messages from the teachers, and any other pertinent information to join in partnering with you in this year of school for your child.
The Back To School 2016 handbook provided by the School District of Pickens County is an essential reference tool for your use. This handbook supplement will provide you with additional information that is specific to East End Elementary. Keep them both as a reference for your use throughout the school year.
We also ask that you assist us by having your child arrive at school daily on time prepared for learning. In addition, we ask that you avoid any early dismissals if at all possible so that your child is in attendance for the full instructional day. Please pay careful attention to the Attendance Policy for the School District of Pickens County outlined in the district Back to School 2016 handbook. Students should attend a minimum of 170 days (which means that absences should total 10 or less) for promotion to the next grade level. Students with absences totaling more than 10 are referred to the Attendance Appeals committee for promotion/retention decisions. Research has shown that each day of absence results in 2 ½ days of loss of learning due to the disruption in the student’s instruction. Your assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.
Classroom newsletters will be sent home with your child to keep you informed of school and classroom highlights. Please keep these newsletters, along with the handbooks, as reference for your use. In addition, our district’s website has valuable information for your use during the school year. You can access it at http://www.pickens.k12.sc.us Our school’s website also has valuable resources for you. It is accessed at http://eee.pickens.k12.sc.us
Again, welcome to the 2016-2017 school year at East End Elementary. I am eager to continue the collaborative effort with all returning parents and students and am especially eager to meet the new students and parents that join us this year. I am excited about the new school year and all it brings to each of us at East End. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I am eager to assist you. This is going to be a great year! Let’s join together to make this the best year ever for both your child and the entire East End School family. Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!
Tammy Day, Principal