Friday Letter

March 22, 2019

Dear Tunbridge Families,

This month our teachers are engaged in the heart of their evaluation cycle.  Formal observations and data review are two key components of this process.  While this system is intended to identify teacher strengths and actions steps, it also provides insight to what is working for students as well.  It’s amazing to see the level of comfort and confidence students have in explaining their thinking along with the sense of community and spirit of collaboration that has been established in each classroom.  Looking at students’ writings, data points, and talking with them demonstrates the academic growth they are making.  Sitting alongside them as they learn is one of the best parts of this job!  If you have not had the opportunity to visit your child’s classroom, we encourage you to come and learn alongside your child.  The teachers and the boys and girls are doing amazing work and we want you to be a part of it!

From our parking lot to our classrooms- safety is always on our minds. Teachers and staff review safety procedures for drills with students and understand the protocol for emergencies.  Time is spent continually reinforcing the school wide rule of take care of space because when spaces are maintained appropriately accidents are less likely to occur.  And we revisit daily how important taking care of others is and that we treat people kindly in actions and words to keep them safe.

The work of school safety is everyone’s responsibility.  We need our families to respect and follow the protocols and procedures that are put in place to protect our boys and girls.  During entry and dismissal, drivers need to be mindful of their speeds and their surroundings.  Families should not be double parking along York Road, Tunbridge, or Willowmere.   Our volunteers remain on the lot until 8:00 each morning.  Once they are gone and the cones are removed, please pull into a parking spot directly in front of the building.   It is not safe to let students out in the middle of the lot or on the hill.    When you go to exit, be sure to check all of your mirrors. While the cones are in place, parking on the lot is not permitted.  Moving the cones is also not allowed.  The lot is closed to parking from 12:30-2:45 so if you arrive to pick your child up for an early dismissal, to visit a classroom, or for a meeting within that time frame then you must utilize street parking or spaces on the lower half of the lot under the tree line.   

Securing our building is also a priority.  Visitors should use only the main entrance nearest the flag pole.  At all times, you should stop to get a visitor’s pass.  Family members should not be entering with children during entry through the courtyard door.  If you are coming inside, it must be at the main entry and you are required by school and school system policy to sign-in at the main office.  Our staff will be adhering to this policy and will ask that you go back out and around.  They will stop you if you do not have a visitor’s badge.  Once you are inside, the only door to exit through is again the main entrance.  Using doors at other points in the building is prohibited.  These are safety procedures.  They protect our children and staff.  Your support in adhering to them is greatly appreciated.

If at any time you have questions or concerns about these policies or school safety, come see us.  We are all responsible for ensuring that Tunbridge is a safe place to learn and play.

Don’t forget to complete your climate survey.    You can complete it online here. Paper copies will be available at coffee klatch, PTO meetings, or in the office.  The information gathered through this survey guides thinking by the leadership team as we plan for next school year.  

Have a safe and healthy weekend!  Looking forward to seeing many of you at the Cornhole Tournament tomorrow evening!

Sheila Adams

Vanessa Stone
Director of Climate and Culture

Upcoming Events:

  • March 28th ~ T-WAP @5:00 PM
  • April 1st-5th ~ Penny Wars
  • April 3rd ~ EARLY RELEASE DAY @ 11:30 AM
  • April 5th ~ PTO Coffee Klatch @7:45 AM
  • April 15th-22nd ~ Spring Break
  • April 25th ~ T-WAP @5:00 PM
  • April 29th ~ Deadline-Letter of Intent For Returning Students