Dear Families and Students,
Welcome back! We missed you!
On behalf of the entire staff, I would like to welcome all incoming TK and Kinder students, as well as our returning first, second, third and fourth grade students to the 2019-2020 school year. We are all very excited to get started.
I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. I also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. All signs point to another incredible and productive year. Our skilled and devoted staff is already planning and preparing for your child(ren). Our enthusiastic office team is registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files. Our hard working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility.
Each year brings positive change. Additions to our staff include:
Assistant Principal, EIS Kecia Ravard : Kecia most currently served as a Restorative Justice Teacher Advisor in Local Districts Northeast and Northwest. Additionally, she has served as a Special Education Administrative Designee, a TSP Specialist, teacher of GATE students and a former literacy coach. Kecia has strong conflict resolution skills, has conducted numerous professional development presentations for teachers and parents, she has mentored teachers, and believes strongly that empowerment of students is key to success.
Fifth Grade Mallory Brighton: completed her student teaching at Ralph Emerson Elementary and Toluca Lake Elementary and completed her fieldwork at CSUN. Those with whom I have spoken to share that Mallory is a strong team player, a natural teacher with good instincts and has a respectful caring, yet firm demeanor. We are excited to have Mallory join our fabulous fifth grade cohort.
Special Education Sarah Alexander: Sarah will be joining our terrific special education team as a Resource Specialist. She has currently been working at SOEC as a long term substitute in the resource position supporting students with special needs. She brings great enthusiasm and positive energy. I am confident that her skill set and passion for working with our students with special needs will enrich children’s lives.
Additional new staff: Building and Grounds Workers: Yolanda Johnson and Josh Lopez
and Technology Assistant : Marc Navarro
A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into the process of student placement for the 2019-2020 school year. Careful consideration was given to the input of staff and families, as well as each student’s learning style. Classrooms have been balanced academically and socially. Our class lists are structured to provide equitable class sizes at each grade level. Moving students is difficult without causing imbalances and inequities.
Thank you so much for being positive with your child and helping him or her understand that it is impossible to place all students with a preferred best friend or teacher. ALL of our staff works hard to make school a positive experience for ALL students.
Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter is eagerly looking forward to enriching your child’s life. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to acclimate to a new grade, peer group and teacher.
A letter will be sent out to all families, the week of August 5, in regards to class assignments.
I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families again. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal.
Here’s to an AWESOME new school year as we work together to make our school a great place to work and learn each day!
Carla Miller, Principal