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Mrs. Beth Shermoen
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Phone: 218-336-8950 ext. 1013

2017 Welcome Letter

posted Aug 17, 2017, 2:44 PM by Web Piedmont

August 21, 2017


Greetings, Piedmont Elementary Panthers!  


I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new and returning families for the 17/18 school year.  It is a privilege for me to write this letter, as we continue our journey together at Piedmont Elementary.   We are busy preparing the school, classrooms, curriculum, services and Panther Pride initiatives for exciting, new learning experiences for your child.  I assure you, it is going to be another memorable year for our Piedmont Panther Community!


At Piedmont, we are committed to providing a positive, engaging and rigorous academic and social environment where all students grow, excel, explore talents and share their individual strengths within their classroom and school community.  Ultimately, we like to refer to this as...The Panther Pride way of life!  Our entire staff strives to practice Panther Pride with the utmost integrity, as we work with your child, each day.  It is powerful when we hear your families, too, practicing and discussing positive behaviors and Panther Pride.  


As partners in education, I would like to highlight a few areas for the upcoming school year.  We will be implementing new reading curriculum, district wide, in our elementary schools.  This exciting addition comes with a great deal of training and preparation.  The greatest support you can offer us and your child is to promote reading at home and engage in conversations surrounding literacy, in and out of school.   Many of our staff participated in summer professional development and training opportunities, including: PLC’s (Professional Learning Communities) and the collaboration of general and special education; the Parent-Teacher Home Visit Project; Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management and MTSS (Multi-Tier System of Support - instructional tiers to support student learning and needs).  These areas, in addition to Panther Pride and math and reading goals in previous years, will be priorities for Piedmont this year.  Watch for more information as the year progresses.  


We have spent a great deal of time on student placement.  We have assessed student data, learning styles and needs throughout the year to determine student classroom placement.  Building student relationships and connections also played a pivotal role in identifying placement for each of our scholars.  We found this process to be highly successful last year, leading to balanced classrooms and sizes to provide optimal academic environments.  Your letter will be coming at the end of August.  


September is right around the corner!  Please review the following information, as we prepare for our first day of school.  We are eagerly counting down the days!  

  • We have added to our Panther Pride school message!  There are now beautiful mats in our office and cafeteria area.  These continue to symbolize pride in our school community and setting.  The Panther Pride materials and initiatives continue to evolve because of the support and hard work of our PBIS committee, the Piedmont PTA, community sponsors, and you, our families.  Thank you!

  • Our first year of 4th and 5th grade departmentalizing was a success!  The rotation and homeroom framework gave students a deeper level of instruction in academic disciplines known as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  These exciting experiences tapped into engaging and rigorous opportunities within the classroom and in community partners, including UMD’s outreach program.  

  • Our first day of school is Tuesday, September 5th.  School begins at 7:45 a.m. Student drop off does not begin until 7:15 a.m.  Please remember the importance of school attendance to ensure your child does not miss out on core instruction and classroom community building.  We start first thing in the morning.  School is dismissed at 2:15 p.m.  Respectfully, we ask that you wait in our main hallway until classes are dismissed.  Teachers will be teaching up to this time and preparing students for dismissal.  “Pride Time” will now be known as Panthers working in class or staff in session.  We love this new language, as do our students.  It assists in a common school-wide language.  We invite you to apply our Panther vocabulary at home too!  

  • Our Piedmont Open House is slated for Wednesday, August 30th from 4:30-6:00 p.m.  At this time, we welcome you to come and explore your school, bring in your supplies, meet the teacher(s) and staff, and enjoy an evening filled with excitement.  

    • 4th graders and their families will have a short presentation to introduce the departmentalizing model.  The presentation will be held in the media center from 4:30-5:15 p.m.  Following, you will be provided the opportunity to meet your teachers, ask questions and enjoy!    

  • We continue to run into parking glitches.  Please note, if you plan to depart from your car during drop off or pick up, vehicles must be parked in the parking lot or on a side road.  The area in front of the school is for drop off and pick up only.  This is where the traffic should be flowing.  You will see crossing guards and supervisors assisting in getting families and students across the front of the school.  Please adhere to this process to ensure our Panthers are safe.  Parking is prohibited in front of the school yellow zones and where the fire zone is marked.  Additional parking, drop off and pick up is now available on Ensign.  I invite you to use this side of the school to open up our parking lot flow.  All busing will now be assigned directly to the busing zone.


Piedmont Elementary is a wonderful learning community with dedicated families, staff and community partners.  When we work together to provide an environment that creates and fosters learning and citizenship in our school and community, amazing lifelong experiences and learning occur.  Thank you for helping us achieve our Piedmont vision and celebrating the success and wonder of your child’s academic journey!  


In Partnership and Panther Pride,




Beth Shermoen

Piedmont Elementary, Principal





 



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