September 14, 2011
It has been an exciting time at Cabot School with these opening days. It is always a pleasure to watch to delight of children who are meeting teachers for the first time, connecting with old friends, and exploring their classrooms. I am always particularly touched by the kindergartners who are experiencing a big school for the first time. Their delight and curiosity is a wonderful reminder of what school should be for everyone.
We are enjoying our second lunchroom which has allowed us to have all classes at each grade eat together and complete lunch at reasonable times. We are continuing to evaluate our coverage for lunch and recess and we expect to have a permanent schedule completed this week.
Our school numbers have settled at 440, with a large influx of first graders in late August. As a result, we are opening a fourth first grade. We are interviewing candidates and have been delighted by the interest in the position. We are grateful to the parents of first graders who have been patient with the changes.
We are pleased to welcome 12 new staff members this year. Robyn Gaillard is teaching third grade and we have two new second grade teachers: Molly Williams from first grade and Lindsay Olsen from third. Sarah Wilson is our new inclusion facilitator and Julie Sheeran is our ELL teacher. Meran Ellis has joined as our math coach. Our new social worker is Laura Perkins. Monica Piedrahita, Sofie Prevost and Leah Ovoian are serving as new behavior therapists. Some of you will remember Karla Hailer who is now an ISS; she is joined by Hannah Reagan.
Cabot is a warm and friendly environment where a dedication to academic excellence blends with our commitment to core values. We are working closely with the Education Center as the Vision 2020 is being gently updated to reflect a commitment to high academic standards, local and global collaboration and attention to technology and facility improvement. At the school level, we are continuing the work of last year. There has been a significant focus on Professional Learning Communities and Response to Intervention; we have committed to addressing the classroom instruction and collaboration as our emphasis for the year. Our new technology is being fully explored this year and we anticipate our first building-wide training on Google docs in October.
There is a lot of excitement ahead of us, including new staff to meet, new books to read, new friends to meet and new skills to master...and I look forward to sharing in those exciting times. This is a wonderful and unique school, and I believe that there is greatness within it because of our talented staff and dedicated parents. And of course the children, who unite us in our work. .We are off to a good start. Please stay connected with us.
Mary Lou DiBella