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2021 - 2022 Mills Lawn Elementary
August 11, 2021
Dear Mills Lawn Elementary students and families,
The 2021-2022 school year is approaching quickly! I hope that you have taken the summer months to rest, relax, have fun and explore. After the challenges and unknowns we experienced throughout last school year, we are ready to overcome adversity and restore the excitement for teaching and learning! Our dedicated teachers have been participating in professional development opportunities, collaborating with colleagues, and planning innovative and rigorous instructional strategies in an effort to support project-based learning.
Students will return to Mills Lawn on August 23rd (kindergarten will use a staggered start approach). The school day is 8:00a.m. (doors open at 7:50) to 2:30p.m. Students will enter the building and be dismissed from the building through their assigned doors (main door for K-2nd, gym door for 3rd & 4th, and south door for 5th & 6th). Class lists will be posted on August 13th at 3:30 on the main door. The safety and well-being of our staff, students and families will remain as one of our top priorities as we welcome students back into the classroom. We will continue to sanitize, maintain safety protocols and require masks indoors and on school buses. Our goal is to provide students with an in-person learning experience that is as close to normal as possible while following recommendations to keep our staff, students, families and community healthy!
All families need to complete a Transportation Application Form for students wishing to ride the school bus for the 2021-22 school year. Students will not be transported to and from school until this form has been completed, submitted, and eligibility for transportation has been verified. Students are expected to abide by all conduct and safety rules while on school transportation.Masks are required on all school buses.
In lieu of a traditional open house and in an effort to minimize the number of students and parents in the building before the start of the school year, Mills Lawn Elementary will hold an outdoor Meet the Teacher Night from 5:45p.m. to 6:45p.m. on August 19, 2021. This is an opportunity for parents and students to meet teachers face to face and receive important information. School Supplies should not be dropped off during this event.
I would like to welcome eight new teachers who will be joining Mills Lawn and our dedicated veteran teachers. Julie Anspach comes to us from New Lebanon Local Schools and will teach 6th grade. Ashley Folketh has years of experience in Urbana City Schools and will teach 5th grade. Alexa Goodridge is a familiar face at Mills Lawn as a substitute teacher, but will now join the staff as the 4th grade math teacher. Terri Harrington comes to us from Dayton SMART Elementary and will serve as an intervention specialist. Alexis Hobbs is a new graduate from Wright State University and will teach science and social studies to our 4th grade students. Kathleen Miller is joining Mills Lawn from Dayton Public Schools and will serve as the intervention specialist. Ashlee Mischler has years of experience in Tecumseh Local Schools and will serve as an intervention specialist. Kineta Sanford is a familiar face in Yellow Springs and will join us from Yellow Springs Home, Inc. and Dayton Early College Academy. She will teach 6th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies.
Communication and involvement are important to maintain our collaborative culture. We encourage our families to check our website www.ysschools.org and social media frequently for updates, maintain up-to-date contact information for mailings and One Call Now messages, and consider joining the PTO or attending PTO events. I am looking forward to welcoming the students back to Mills Lawn and connecting with the families and community throughout the 2021-2022 school year. My goal is to provide our staff, students and families with the support, resources and procedures necessary to ensure students are engaged in learning and to challenge students to become critical thinkers.
Enjoy the last days of summer break! We look forward to seeing you soon!
Mills Lawn Principal