Dear ES Families.

Happy October! We have enjoyed a fabulous start to the new school year! As I take my daily walks throughout the school, I am always pleased to see the level of commitment our students bring to their daily work, and their active involvement within their class discussions.

Our students have immersed themselves in all aspects of SIS life where critical thinking, hands-on learning, commitment to learning, and fun are incorporated. Saturday Boosters has 70 K-5 students participating, Grade 4/5 Jamboree Sports has 40 students, After School Enrichment Classes offers 12 classes and has over 100 students participating, Tutoring, Grade 4-5 Band, Junior and Primary Choirs, Strings, and much more, provide students with a wide range of extra-curricular activities to choose from. Our theme for this school year is “Creating a better world for all.”

Our ES students and staff recently demonstrated their strong school spirit during our Friday Spirit Day, where staff and students wore their Tiger orange and black colors to school. We will be holding our First Tiger Assembly of the year on Friday, October 12th at 8:00 am in the main auditorium. Our enthusiastic 4th and 5th grade teachers and students will lead the Tiger Assembly.

Thank you to Ms. Diahn Hill, Mr. Adam Call, Mrs. Lucia Kim and Mrs. Tonya Gerhard and parents of K-1 graders for parading our children dressed in their traditional Hanboks around our buildings right before the start of Chuseok. Thank you to all for your generous support of our Kindergarten and 1st Grade Chuseok Parade. It’s a very nice way to start our vacation, watching all those beautiful children in their colorful dress.

Many thanks, to all parents who attended the recent EPC meeting. We hope that you found the four (4) presentations informative as we discussed the vision and safety of technology, our ES Library Web site, our new ES Makerspace program, the ISA Tests, our ES Counselor and our many after-school enrichment programs. If you were unable to attend, the presentations are on the school web site under “Recent News” EPC presentation from Sept. 17th. We have scheduled three more EPC meetings for parents.

They are:
Monday, November 26th at 9:00 am in the MPR on the 4th floor of the ES/MS building.
Monday, February 25th at 9:00 am in the MPR on the 4th floor of the ES/MS building.
Monday, April 29rd, at 9:00 am in the MPR on the 4th floor of the ES/MS building.

Above and beyond the many classroom learning activities which take place on a day-to-day basis, we look forward this month of exciting activities which include: class field trips, Parent Teacher Conferences Oct. 25th & 26th, Halloween and more.

We appreciate the strong home and school connection that has been established at ES and look forward to continuing to build on this relationship to best benefit our students.

Mr. Art