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John Welch, Principal   Nancy Urban, Assistant Principal

Welcome to English Estates Elementary!

Welcome back to another exciting school year!  I am excited about the changes that are happening in our school.

I want to start off by celebrating the fact that English Estates Elementary School is a “B” School!  Despite all the challenges of the new test our students and teachers did phenomenally well on the FCAT.  I am very proud of everyone’s hard work.  I can’t wait to see what this year brings us.

As always, I look forward to carrying on the customs, attitudes, and traditions of English Estates Elementary.  Students at English Estates can look forward to a school that cares about their growth academically, behaviorally, and emotionally.  Families who come to English Estates can be comfortable in knowing that the children's safety and academic success are where we direct our energies. 

English Estates Elementary continues to lead with the Covey 7 Habits and Leadership is Elementary.  Being awarded Light House School Status means a lot to the students and teachers of English Estates and the Franklin Covey Organization is proud to have a school like our lighting the way for others who want to implement a model 7 Habits Leadership Program.  All English Estates students and staff continue to learn and practice the seven habits as described in Seven Habits of Highly Effective Peopleby Stephen Covey. The 7 Habits are 1) Be Proactive, 2) Begin with the End in Mind, 3) Put First Things First, 4) Think Win-Win, 5) Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood,  6) Synergize, 7) Sharpen the Saw.  The habits emphasize personal responsibility and personal leadership, respect for others, and the most effective classroom practices. The habits are included in everything we do as a school.

Parent involvement continues to be a major focus for the 12-13 school year. Research shows that children do better in school if their parents are familiar with the school and participate in school activities.  You are the most important influence in your child's life.  As partners in educating your child, success is virtually guaranteed when we work together. I invite you to be actively involved in your child's education this year.  We have an active SAC committee that meets once a month.  This committee discusses school issues and tries to spread that information out amongst the parent community.  This year one of the SAC goals is to bring more books into the school.  Books for students, books for teachers, to read,  for classroom libraries.  Look forward to notices asking for donations and book drives.  We can’t wait to get started on this special project.  English Estates also has an active PTA organization.  Our PTA organizes events such as skate nights, restaurant nights, fund raisers, and more bringing parents, students, and staff together as a community.

The Parent Involvement Team continues to update and maintain our model School-Home Compact for 2012-2013.  Each parent will be invited to sign the Compact during Meet the Teacher or Curriculum Night.  All families will have a copy of the Compact on the back of the red Tuesday Folder. 

English Estates has planned a number of events for parents to learn how to better help children be successful in school.  We will continue to offer workshops geared to various grade levels and curriculum areas. Look for program descriptions and dates in your grade level Parent Academy information so you can plan ahead. 

Students at English Estates follow thestandardized dress code of navy blue or khaki bottoms (pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, or capris, no blue jeans)andplain white, navy blue and red tops (no advertising logos, designs or patterns) or any English Estates t-shirts or logo polo shirts.  A local company provides logo shirts and uniform packages at no profit to the school.  Local Target and Wal-Mart stores also have our uniform colors in stock.  All students are expected to wear the dress code every day. The dress code has been in place for years. It began at parents' request and a survey of parents in 2004 showed that more that 90% of parents were in favor of a uniform or standardized dress code.

We are committed to your child's success. If you ever have concerns or questions, please contact me or your child's teacher.  We hope to see you often at school this year!

Sincerely,

John Welch.