Greetings to each of you! On behalf of the entire faculty and staff of Abbey Lane Elementary School, I welcome you to the 2020-21 school year. Each year, we look forward to the start of school with a great deal of anticipation and excitement. Rest assured, this year will be no different! Although the start to this school year will be like no other, we maintain our commitment to providing a warm, safe and supportive learning community for all.
While traditional activities and experiences we usually enjoy with our families during the summer may have been different, there were still plenty of opportunities to get outside and create new ones in our generally beautiful summer weather! Despite the challenges, we have all been finding new ways to learn, grow and connect with others. I hope however you spent your time, you made the most of it! During the summer months I had the good fortune to spend some time away from the building with my family and friends, while also working with colleagues from all around the district and our community to plan for the reopening of school. Please know that a great deal of time, consideration and planning has taken place and is still underway as I type this missive. While no plan can account for everything, I am confident that our blueprint for the start of the year will lead to success.
Each school year offers our students the chance to start anew. Some of our children will have the opportunity to start their schooling for the very first time as kindergartners, while others return to build upon achievements made during the previous school year. A whole new paradigm of remote instruction will engage some of our students as well. No matter where our students are learning, all will have the chance to strengthen and acquire new skills needed to be successful in school and life beyond the classroom. While supporting the foundations of learning, we will continue to promote one's ability to read for understanding, to communicate effectively and to think mathematically.
As we embark upon a new school year together, I ask for your patience, flexibility and support. We are partners in education and we are stronger when we work together. Your involvement and support is not only needed and vital to the success of all learners, but is also welcomed and valued. Feel free to contact me at any time should you have a question, comment or concern.
I look forward to seeing you all in the very near future and to the start of another AWESOME school year at Abbey!
George Maurer, Ed.D.