Message from the Principal

August 20, 2018

Dear Ellis Elementary Families:

I am delighted to welcome you back to school for the 2018-2019 school year. I hope you have been spending some quality time with family and friends that you have had time to relax, learn and play!

Now, as we prepare to embark on another school year, I have some exciting news to share:

Bilingual Program! In the 2018-19 school year, Ellis Elementary is leading the way to offer a second language for all students. Native English Speakers will have the opportunity to learn beginning Spanish. Native Spanish and Arabic language programs continue to thrive at Ellis.

We are now a Discovery Link school, this is an after school program which offers enrichment opportunities for ALL students, including the opportunity to learn a second language! We will have more information about how to enroll available soon.

During the coming school year, our collective efforts – as students, teachers and families – will drive our accomplishments. This year, we will continue our efforts with a STEM and Technology skills emphasis! At Ellis, we foster a culture of academic excellence, which focuses on 21st-century skills. Our teachers are trained in high quality instructional practices, which build students’ skills in technology (including STEM), critical thinking, creative problem solving and communication. Our focus will be on student driven learning by developing 21st Century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration with peers. I am confident that working together we will achieve great things.

Our goal is to make the transition back to school effortless and fun for students and families. With that in mind, please mark your calendars for some important upcoming events at Ellis:

• In Person Registration
o 08/03- 8:00-3:00 pm
o 08/06- 12:00-6:00 pm
• Community Ice Cream Social at Ellis
o 08/11- 2:00-4:00 pm
• Back to School Meet & Greet
o 08/17- 5:00-6:00 pm

Stay tuned for more details about these events on our Website and on School Deets.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events and we appreciate your continued support as we begin the new school year!

Sincerely,

Nichole Whiteman
Principal
nichole_whiteman@dpsk12.org