Welcome to a new school year at Blake Primary School! I am excited to begin my second year as the principal of Blake primary. I know we have a great team of parents, students, and staff. I am committed to providing your child with a high quality academic education and a positive learning environment. I will be happy to speak with you regarding any concerns or questions you have regarding your child’s education.
As parents, you are the first and most important teacher for your child. It is our intent to partner with you so that your child will have a successful learning experience this year. Please remember that it is critical that students attend school every day so that they have the opportunity to learn. We cannot educate students if they are not at school. There is a direct link between consistent attendance and high student achievement.
If you pick up your children from school, please remember to pick them up from their classroom after the release bell and before 3:00 pm. This is to ensure your child’s safety as the end of the day is very hectic. Please only check students out early for appointments or emergencies.
Also, Blake School has a school wide homework policy. Homework is given to teach students responsibility and to review skills.
I would also like to note that kindergarten curriculum in the state of Arizona has changed drastically in the last 10 years. Students are not “playing” but learning to read. Instead of learning one letter/sound a week, they are learning one letter/sound a day. Over the last few years, Blake kindergarten students have made large academic gains and most are reading by Christmas break. Also, recent Arizona reading scores have shown that students in Full-Day Kindergarten score higher than students in ½ day programs. It is critical for kindergarten students to be in school everyday!
We have an excellent staff at Blake School who care about children and are dedicated to their learning. Please contact your child’s teacher first if you have any questions and concerns as they are most familiar with your child and the situation. Your child and his/her learning success are very important to me and I make parent communication a top priority.
With all of us working together, your child will experience satisfaction, pride, and academic success. I look forward to a great year at Blake Primary School!
Joanna Gerbitz-Hermes, M.Ed.