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Ojibwa Families,

It is hard to believe that the holidays are right around the corner.  Where did the time go? 

As we start the month of December, I want to once again thank you for your endless support.  We are fortunate as a staff to have a community of families that partners with us.  I value your endless dedication.  Whether you are able to help out in the classroom, volunteer for PTO events or sit with your child and read each night, we thank you.  Your support is reflective of the great things we are able to accomplish as partners in your child’s education. The holidays are a reminder of how lucky I am to serve this community, be your child’s principal and work with such an extraordinary staff.

In an effort to constantly meet our school improvement goals, I ask that students continue to sharpen their reading and math skills.   I find it pleasing to monitor skill achievement and know that the extra time that students are spending on IXL and reading programs such as RAZ, Lexia and AR are truly making a difference.  I encourage all families to read together as much as possible.  I hope you can find joy in bonding with your child over a great book.   My favorite book this time of year happens to be The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. 

I would like to recognize the many staff changes that have occurred over the past two months.  Jaime Walker is our new building secretary.  As our previous clerk, Jaime is well prepared for the daily responsibilities of an elementary secretary.  Also, Lauren Kern and Claire Clor are sponsoring our Student Council and guiding the students as they help out the school and community.  If you have not had a chance, please consider donating a pair of gloves or mittens for the latest Student Council sponsored community service project, Mittens for Detroit.  Jeannine Moriconi is also our new Science Olympiad Coach and she is prepping the students for a great season.  It is evident that Ojibwa’s staff is committed to the success of all children and will continue to go above and beyond to make a difference.

The month of December is short but we certainly have many great events planned. The Holiday Music Concert will take place on Wednesday, December 14th and the Santa event will take place on Friday, December 16th.  In addition, our classroom holiday parties will take place on Tuesday, December 20th and be limited to those that have signed up to host with the teacher. 

The last day of school before holiday break is an exciting time for Ojibwa students and staff.  It is our long standing Ojibwa tradition to plan a school wide sing along.  Mr. Mallare, our music teacher, will provide musical direction and the staff will entertain the students.  This great event will take place on Wednesday, December 21st.  Students are also invited to dress in their pajamas for PJ Day.  Wednesday, December 21st will not only be entertaining but also a half day of school.  We anticipate great fun and memories to be made as we celebrate our 2016 accomplishments.

Have a wonderful holiday season and I wish you a fantastic 2017.

Yours in Education,

Marina Licari

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Marina Licari

Ojibwa Elementary
Phone: 586-723-6400