Dear Parents of William Ford Students,
Summer greetings to you all! I wanted to reach out to you and thank you all for your support and partnership this school year. Our world as we knew it changed on March 12th. Our daily existence, our priorities, our economy, and essentially how we live has been greatly influenced by this silent and invisible virus. Everyone scrambled to do their best to meet the needs of our children and families while adapting to this new existence. Many of you worked from home, while ensuring your children continued the learning remotely with their classroom teacher. I thank you.
As we look towards the next school year there are still so many uncertainties. We do not know what school will look like, and likely will not know until mid to late July. School will likely be different in August, but I promise you we will work diligently and tirelessly to meet the needs of your children, our students.
The aforementioned weighs heavily on all of us here at William Ford. So where do we start the school year in 2020-21, how do we attempt to meet the needs of our students, your children…what is our priority? The answer to all of us is clear….relationships. We value the relationships our teachers already have with our students and families. Because of that, as of June 23rd it is our intention to loop nearly all students with their current class, and nearly half of the classrooms with their current teacher. In other words, most students will remain with their current classmates and nearly ½ of our teachers will move up one grade level and keep their current class. There will be exceptions. New kindergarteners and our promoted fifth graders are two examples.
Classroom rosters with your child’s teacher for 2020-2021 will be confirmed and made official in August. Until then, feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher from this past year with any questions or concerns, or suggestions for academic growth over the summer. Of course, you can always reach out to me or Mrs. Rabac as well.
Enjoy the summer with your family and friends. Read and write together. Treasure those conversations while enjoying a meal. I look forward to seeing you all soon!
Much love to all of our William Ford families,
Principal, William Ford Elementary