EC Principal Letter

Dear ANCS elementary families,

Have you noticed that Ms. King and I are leaving the drop off line before 8:00 this week? We started having our school-wide  morning meetings this week and that means that we will head inside each morning around 7:58 so we can begin our meetings right at 8:00. It would be amazing if all our students could be in the auditorium ready to go so they don’t miss any of our meeting. This is a unifying and shared experience that helps us start our day in a positive way. We ask that you help us uphold our expectations when you join us for morning meetings. Please silence your cell phone and engage in all the meeting has to offer. 

This week we introduced our first Guiding Principle: We come to school and every class prepared to learn and do our best. We emphasized that this means each day you come to school prepared to do your personal best and that the expectation is not that anyone is perfect. Teachers will spend time each day discussing with students how this principle helps to guide us through our school day. Students will be engaged in discussion about this in all their related arts classes, the library, and morning meeting throughout the week.  Please take a moment at some point this week to talk with your child about what Guiding Principle #1 means to him/her.

Each week we learn a new song during our morning meeting. Ms. Wawerna is leading the song for this week, We Are All In This Together. This is the song the faculty and staff sang to our community at the beginning of our open house.  In the future, classes will sign up to lead a new song each week. We understand that morning meeting doesn’t fit into everyone’s schedule, but it would be so awesome if you could make it at least one morning when your child’s class is leading the song. Classroom teachers will keep you informed about when that is happening. 

Additionally, we have explained to our students that one of the best parts of morning meeting is when students are actively participating. Each day we like to have a student lead the school in the Pledge and The Wolfpack Chant. If your child would like to do either one of these and knows all the words by heart, he/she can let the teachers know and they will get them signed up. Students also have the opportunity to perform during morning meeting. Some examples of student performances are playing a musical instrument, singing, sharing a poem or something cool that they learned, telling a joke, etc. Students who wish to perform in morning meeting need to audition with Ms. King, Ms. Wawerna or me first. Once a student has auditioned and is ready, we will sign him/her up on the calendar. You will be informed of the day this is happening so you plan to come into the building to watch if you are able.

Thank you so much for all the support you all have given as we are getting this school year underway. Your partnership means the world to us! As always, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. 


Wishing you well,