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Dear Parents:

I hope that 2017 has welcomed you and the year is off to a great start.  Ojibwa has been a busy place and we are enjoying the second half of the school year.

Ron Roberts, our superintendent, visited Ojibwa in December.  It was wonderful to host Mr. Roberts and give him an opportunity to see the great things happening in our school.  Mr. Roberts was interviewed by our Broadcast Club students and the episode can be viewed by visiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWCv7AJJwdc. Our superintendent also spent the day visiting classrooms and talking with our students and staff.  As the building principal, Mr. Roberts asked me to share points of pride in regards to our school.  Without hesitation, I told Mr. Roberts that I am most proud of our staff and students.  Our teachers are committed to helping students reach their highest potential and our students put forth their best effort on a daily basis.  I am honored to be part of the Ojibwa family and work with an amazing staff, students and parents.  

This year, our district adopted a new teacher evaluation system called the 5 Dimensions of Teaching and Learning.  As a building principal, I am now in classrooms more often and cherish the opportunity to witness great teaching and learning.  Our staff has embraced this new tool as an opportunity to learn, use best practice and embrace the growth mindset.  Teachers are working with their students to create supportive classroom environments where students feel safe to take academic risks and can clearly articulate their learning expectations. 

In order to kick off March is Reading Month, the author, Kelly DiPucchio will visit Ojibwa on February 3rd.  Ms. DiPucchio is a best-selling author that has written books such as Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet , Grace for President and Everybody Loves Bacon .  Ms. Paglia has been reading Kelly DiPucchio’s books to the students and we are looking forward to her visit.  Our students are fortunate to learn from Ms. DiPucchio and be inspired by her creativity. 

Conferences are scheduled on March 15th and 16th from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Teachers will schedule these conferences by invitation only.  Invitation letters will be sent home on March 3rd.  If you do not receive a conference invitation and would like to speak to your child’s teacher, please contact them by phone or email.  

As the school year continues, I encourage you to attend our scheduled family events.  Our PTO does a fantastic job organizing family fun nights and we look forward to spending time with you during those events.  Please consider reaching out to our PTO and volunteering your time to strengthen the community that we share at Ojibwa.    

The Ojibwa staff is committed to partnering with you to support the emotional, social and academic growth of your child.  I appreciate your support because together we can accomplish great things.

Yours in Education,

Marina Licari


Staff Picture Licari

Marina Licari

Ojibwa Elementary
Phone: 586-723-6400