PRINCIPAL WELCOME BACK LETTER
August 6, 2014
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!
To all of our new families and students beginning at Denison, I want to welcome you to Denison and to Montessori. Maria Montessori described her educational philosophy as an “aid to life”. Montessori students learn reading, writing, mathematics, science, geography, history, social studies, and physical and arts education. They also learn to follow their interests, develop independence, take part in a dynamic community of people and become life-long learners who understand their unique role in the universe. We have an ambitious curriculum that we believe serves children and their families well. There will be opportunities throughout the school year to learn more about Montessori. Again, welcome to Denison.
Last year we began the work of exploring extending Denison’s school day to allow for full implementation of the Montessori model. This year we will have an additional 15 minutes to serve our students. We will continue to explore ways to fully implement our plans over the next couple of years. Please stay tuned for involvement opportunities around this important work. We have also received a waiver to the district fall and mid-year assessments. Denison’s staff will be exploring ways to measure student growth within their Montessori classroom environments.
I would like to welcome the following people to the Denison staff:
- Erin Anwander-Schmitt will be the new directress in Room 102. Erin has many years of experience as a Montessori teacher and comes to us from Gilpin Montessori with a deep understanding of the unique challenges of Montessori within DPS.
- Caroline Robbins will be the new directress in Room 103. Caroline is Montessori trained and has been teaching at Kunsmiller for the last few years. Room 103 will continue to be our TNLI (Transitional Native Language Instruction) primary classroom.
- Andrew Alberti will be our school psychologist intern this year. He will be at Denison on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
I would like to welcome the following people back to Denison in their new roles:
- Julie Acree-Gould will be our literacy interventionist.
- Hanna Desjardins will be co-teaching with Dorothy King-Stockton in the mornings and will serve as our extended learning time coordinator in the afternoons.
- Kelsey Larson will be our school library para
- Toni Philips will be our science enrichment teacher
- Halie Gianulis will be our math tutor and elementary para in room 107.
- Stacy Eisenberg will be our new TNLI (Transitional Native Language Instruction) teacher in Room 206.
There have also been some physical room changes this year.
- Carrie Henrichs and all of her students are moving from Room 108 to Room 106.
- Kelly Rosenbaum and all of her students are moving from Room 206 to Room 204
New district-wide policy regarding building visitors:
All visitors to the school district shall display a temporary visitor ID badge while they are in any school district building or on school district grounds during school hours. Upon entering a school building, visitors shall report to the school office to register and receive a temporary visitor ID badge. These badges will not allow either interior or exterior access to the facility. Visitor badges must be worn at all times while the visitor is in a DPS-owned facility. Visitor badges must be returned to the main office upon checkout. Visitors who do not comply with this policy will be escorted from the property. School staff members who observe visitors without report identification are requested to escort the individuals to the main office immediately.
Please stay tuned for an incentive program that we are creating to reward families with excellent attendance rates!
- All students must be at Denison by 9am. Students who are tardy will be marked accordingly in Infinite Campus.
- Dismissal is 3:45 for 4-year-olds and Kindergarten and 4:00 for all elementary students.
- The office will not call up to any classrooms for a student to be released after 3:30. Please pick your child up prior to 3:30 or you will need to wait for a member of the office staff to go and retrieve your child for you.
- Teachers will be instructed to not release students to parents from their classrooms. Please meet your students outside the building. If you are in a rush, park your car and wait for your elementary aged child to come out the door by the garden.
- Please be aware that early release is marked in infinite campus as a 1/2-day absence and will impact your child’s attendance record.
- If a child is not picked up by 4:15 and his/her parent/ guardian has not contacted the office and cannot be reached by phone, DPS security will be called.
- DPS security will be called for any child who is still in the office at 4:30 regardless of if we have spoken with a parent/guardian.
I hope to see you all at Denison’s Back to School Ice Cream Social on Thursday, August 21 for all students (5:30-6:15) and Elementary Information Night (6:15-7:15). There will be childcare for SIBLINGS of elementary aged students. I will meet with elementary students while parents meet with teachers and I will meet with parents while students meet with their teachers.
As always, my door is always open to you and I look forward to meeting the new families and students joining our community and getting to know all of you better this year.
Denison Montessori School
“A child’s inner life is nourished by an environment warm with love.”–Maria Montessori