It is hard to believe that this is our last newsletter for the year. Year one has flown by! When I think of all we accomplished this year, I am simply awe struck. I am honored and humbled to have been able to join this amazing community on what has been an incredible journey of opening Lowrie Primary School. As I think about the year, I feel there is so much to be proud and appreciative of in all we have accomplished together. For example:
• I am also incredibly appreciative of the staff; they have all put their heart and souls into each child and their instruction. I know you share in sending the entire staff thanks for all their efforts and care on behalf of children this past year. This is an incredible group of educators!
• I am so proud of the students and their dedication to their learning this year. They have shown us what a powerful learning community can look like. Their thoughtful explorations of all they have been presented, wondered about and studied has been a true joy to witness.
• I am so thankful to our parent community as well. Each of you has given so much to Lowrie through your time, support and sharing your lovely children with us each day. On behalf of the entire staff, thank you for all you have done for our school community this year. We feel fortunate to have such great partners!
While the majority of teachers will remain at their current grade level for the coming year, there will be a few staff grade level changes. Please know that this is all preliminary at this point as there could very well be changes over the course of the summer. Any changes would be the result of adding additional staff due to numbers. I will be sure to keep families updated as we move through the summer. Here is what I know of at this moment: Katie Howell will be moving from Kindergarten to 1st grade; Connie Coston will be moving from 1st grade to 2nd grade; Diane Crystal will be here next year and could possibly be teaching a 3rd/4th blend or another grade depending on how the numbers shake out.
For those of you who had Katie, Connie or Diane this year know that there is the potential for your child to have them again next year as they move up a grade. If you would like your child to have a different teacher experience for the coming year, please let me know. It is important to note that we will not be doing any formal looping of children for the coming year. We will be mixing the children at all grades with an eye towards balanced and purposeful learning communities. Again, please know that there is the potential for changes and movement over the summer.
I am also very excited to announce that we have hired Elisa Lee to be our 1st grade dual language teacher. Elisa, a native Spanish speaker, has seven years of experience teaching in dual language classrooms. She actually worked with Liza Veliz-Torres at Washington Elementary in Woodburn for five years. Elisa has spent the last two years in Beaverton and Hillsboro teaching. I know that Elisa will carry on the great work that Liza has started this year and that this group of children is in great hands moving forward. I am excited for our community to meet Elisa and welcome her to the Lowrie family.
At this point, I am predicting that we will have three kindergartens, four 1st grades, three 2nd grades, two 3rd grades, two 4th grades, the potential of either a 3rd/4th blend or a 4th/5th blend and two 5th grades. Again, it is important to remember that this is a preliminary view of sections for the coming year. It may look a bit different come August. I will be sure to keep you all informed as we move through summer in regards to planning for the coming year.
In the different newsletter articles I have shared this year, I find they tell the story of a wonderful school with classrooms and halls filled with incredible staff, students, and parents. We have learned so much together! I am so thankful for the entire Lowrie community. I am humbled by your generous spirit, support of our school and deep care for children. Words clearly do not describe my thanks and appreciation for being able to be part of this exceptional community. Thank you.
PatrickWest Linn-Wilsonville School District