August 24, 2016
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! For many of you, it is a warm welcome back to
Balmoral, for other families, it is a brand new educational journey for your scholar. Our staff
will continuously work to make sure there are a “Minion” reasons to be part of our Balmoral
family as we promote academic success for all!
Our goals consist of providing opportunities for scholars to increase academic performance,
attract and retain an outstanding workforce, improve school climate and scholar engagement,
and to increase community collaboration. We believe all our scholars deserve a quality
education in which their individual needs are met, exceeded and supported.
With ongoing and persistent support from community members, parents, faculty and staff, I
have no doubt that this is going to be an amazing year for all, particularly for our scholars! My
excitement comes from dreaming of the work we will do with your scholars and the imprint we
can collectively have on their academic success. Balmoral Elementary has a kindred spirit and
our school community always welcomes you. Your input, feedback, and support are always
welcomed and we never turn away a concern you may have.
We are also pleased to welcome the following staff members to our Balmoral family:
*Multi-Needs - Michelle Calderone
*Kindergarten - Toya Campbell
*First Grade - Courtney Anderson
*Second Grade - Laura Fitzpatrick
*Art Teacher- Traci Ores
*Music Teacher - Patrick Moody
*Teacher Assistant - Kim Johnson
*Teacher Assistant - Evelyn Semik
This year we are pleased to have Art and Music classes in our scholars’ weekly schedule. We
know these programs are welcomed and our new staff will only compliment our school. Let’s
make sure we also welcome and embrace our new scholars and families to Balmoral
Elementary as well.
With our school’s aim of having a greater emphasis on improving academic outcomes and high
scholar achievement school-wide, Balmoral Elementary will continue to incorporate the core
values of this “CLASS”y school: Communication, Leadership, Advocacy, Service, and Success.
Using these as our guiding principles, each scholar will be encouraged and supported in working
to his/her full potential academically, socially and emotionally.
In order to achieve these things, I have included several ways in which family members of our
school community can work together with Balmoral staff:
- Send your scholar to school every day on time.
- Make sure your child gets eight hours sleep each night.
- Establish a routine for studying. Give your child a quiet corner to read and regular
time to do homework.
- Keep in touch with your scholar’s teacher via e-mail, telephone, notes, or letters.
- Attend school-wide events, classroom events, and conferences.
- Celebrate your scholar’s success (giving verbal praise), no matter how small it may
seem. This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of their work.
I am thrilled to be a part of a school community where family members are visible and actively
engaged, as well as an integral component of Balmoral Elementary. I am honored and
privileged to lead a dynamic community where teachers and staff cultivate an environment
where scholars achieve and believe in themselves and what happens here at Balmoral.
Welcome to what we promise to be an exciting year. I look forward to seeing you at Back to
School Night on Thursday, September 1, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. We can hardly wait to have
your scholars bright and early for our first day of school on Tuesday, September 6, 2016!
Please enjoy the remaining days of summer and feel free to contact me with any questions or
concerns at 708-367-2500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Partner in Education,