Dear Allen Dale Families,
This is my 7th year as the principal at Allen Dale Elementary. I can honestly say that the Allen Dale staff and families are my second family, and I hope you feel the same when your family comes through our doors. I have come to understand that school is more than just reading, writing, and math. We work hard at serving the whole child, including their social and emotional well-being. Before a student can access learning they need to feel like they are in a safe environment, with the necessary support to succeed.
I pride myself on always having an open door policy. If you ever need to contact me or your child's teacher please do not hesitate to do so. Many parents have had negative past experiences within their own education, and I understand that this can cause nervousness around sending your own child to school. Please know that we understand this, and work hard at creating a welcoming and safe place for all students who attend.
Students will receive core instruction in all academic areas, but we also make sure students are receiving small group intervention support, especially in the primary grades. Data drives academic instruction and rigor. We monitor this data closely, and meet with grade level teams every six weeks to ensure that students are not slipping through the cracks. We will also implement a new anti-bullying program this year called "Second Steps". All students in grades K-5 will participate in these lessons on a weekly basis.
Again, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your child's education please don't hesitate to contact the school. We understand that we are only a piece of the puzzle that makes up your child's education. As parents, you play a critical role in completing this puzzle.
I am anticipating another great school year, and look forward to watching all of our students grow academically, socially, and emotionally this school year.