Dear Sorrick Families,
I am pleased to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year! As the new principal of Sorrick Elementary School, it is truly an honor to join this outstanding community of staff, students and parents. I have had the pleasure of working in District 117 for the past nine years as both a teacher and a Technology Instruction Coordinator, and I have seen firsthand the district’s commitment to providing all students with a positive, caring learning environment and high-quality instruction to reach their full potential. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know each of you this school year!
On behalf of the staff at Sorrick, we are all excited to have students return to our classrooms and fill the halls with energy and enthusiasm for learning. Your child is joining an extraordinary community where he or she will receive a well-rounded education focusing on building the foundational skills and attitudes that lead to lifelong learning. At Sorrick, we recognize that a strong home and school partnership is the key to success. We are committed to working with you to make this an enriching, stimulating and successful school year for your child.
As the start of the school year approaches, I hope to answer some of the questions that you may have about Sorrick School. On Thursday, August 16th, Sorrick will host an open house for families. Between 1:00-3:00 PM, you can visit classrooms, meet your child's teacher and drop off school supplies. Friday, August 17th is the first full day of school for Kindergarten and First Grade. Also, if your child attends full day, please be sure to send him or her with either a brown bag lunch or $2.75 to purchase lunch.
School begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:15 PM for full-day students, Pre-K/Kindergarten morning students attend 9:00 – 11:30 AM, and Pre-K/Kindergarten afternoon students attend 12:45 – 3:15 PM. The earliest that children can arrive to school is 8:45 AM or 12:30 PM for afternoon students. If you are driving your child to school, please drop him or her off in the back of the building. We cannot use the front parking lot for cars dropping off or picking up students because this is for buses. On the first day of school, all children should bring the postcard that you will be receiving soon in your packet with the name of your child’s teacher. This will greatly help us expedite the process of matching students with the correct classroom.
Be sure to mark your calendar for our Parent Orientation evening on August 29, 2018 from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. You will have the opportunity to learn more about your child’s class, tour our school, and hear all about our instructional programs. Transportation packets can be picked up at Sorrick School on August 13th from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and 5:00 PM-7:00 PM or August 14th from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM at the Sorrick School office.
I also wanted to inform you that I will be taking a maternity leave of absence from the start of the school year until the end of October. I am pleased to let you know that the interim arrangements for this time have been confirmed and Paula Coughlin, Assistant Superintendent of Special Education, has been appointed as acting principal in my absence. If you have any questions, she can be reached by contacting the Sorrick School Office or by email at email@example.com.
The 2018-2019 school year promises to be an exciting one for all. Enjoy the remainder of your summer!
Your partner in education,
Sorrick Elementary School
Spotlight on Sorrick Cougars
Ms. Vaisman is our spotlight teacher this week. She has been a kindergarten teacher here at Sorrick for the past two years and although it is a short time she has made quite expression on the students. Her former kindergarten students constantly talk abouther and want to go say hello to her in the mornings quite often. She has two boys. Joshua is 5 and he loves reading books about sea creatures and dinosaurs. Julian is 3 and loves pretending to be a pirate. Ms. Vaisman loves her family and couldn't live without them. Ms, Vaisman has some favorite books. Water for Elephants is her favorite adult book and her favorite children's book is Horton Hatches an Egg. Ms. Vaisman enjoys traveling with her children in her free time, whether it is a small road trip or a long plane ride to somewhere warm. She enjoys seeing and expereiencing new places. The students are Ms. Vaisman's absolute favorite part of being a teacher at Sorrick. They bring joy to her every day! She loves seeing how much they learn and grow in a year. She says, "It is rewarding to be a part of this time in their lives!"
Mason Hedberg is our new Sorrick student to be spotlighted. Mason is a hard worker and a good friend to his classmates. He is constantly cheering on his friends and is always happy when a student does well or earns a prize from our PBIS raffle drawing. He worries if a friend is sad or sick and checks on them to make sure they are better. When we peer share, he makes sure the students around him join in and no one is left out. Mason also likes to challenge himself at school. He loves when we work on multi-step projects and writes extra details on his journals. He likes being a writing buddy to his classmates in order to help them do their best writing as well! He helps his friends sound out words and reminds them to use the word wall. Mason is very excited for first grade and pushes himself to learn as much as possible so he can do well next year!
8:00 AM - 2:45 PM Teacher Institute - Welcome Back
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Dorn - Parent Orientation Night
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Oak Ridge 4th & 5th Grade - Parent Orientation Night
8:00 AM - 2:45 PM Institute Day
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Glen Oaks - Parent Orientation Night
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Oak Ridge 2nd, 3rd & LEAP - Parent Orientation
8:00 AM - 2:45 PM First Full Day of School
7:00 PM Board of Education Meeting
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sorrick - Parent Orientation Night