Weekly Letter (Apr 23 ’18)

Dear Star Families,

“The key to the ability to change is a changeless sense of who you are, what you are about and what you value.”

~ Stephen R. Covey, educator and author of, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Change.

Like it or not, change seems to be the theme of our 2017-18 school year. Despite all the crazy we’ve had to deal with these last 8 months, I’d like to believe that we have weathered, and continue to courageously face, all the bumpy, scary stuff by gathering a deeper understanding of who we are as a school community, identifying the best parts of who we are, and continuing to steadfastly hold onto what we value most.

No one has lived up to this belief of mine better than my colleagues who show up every day to hold my hand, pat my back, tell me jokes, and offer advice as I endeavor to serve you as principal. Star’s faculty and staff bring the best of themselves to their work, especially to the most precious part of our vocation: our kids. Though each of us have, and continue to weather our own personal challenges, as always, we lean on one another, giving each other the strength and support to continue doing what we value most as a faculty: ensuring our students’ growth in every aspect of their beings, their happiness, and their safety. This is what we make priority and hold most dear.

Our dedication to Star students will not waver even if within our ranks there is a changing of the guard. So, keeping all of this in mind, here’s the news you’ve been waiting to hear.

Our dedication to Star students will not waver even if within our ranks there is a changing of the guard. So, keeping all of this in mind, here’s the news you’ve been waiting to hear.

Star’s classroom teachers who will be returning next year are: Mrs. Mimi Robinson, Ms. Erin Scoblick, Ms. Cindy Conway, Ms. Rosie Dominguez, Ms. Jasmine Mosuela, Mr. Christopher Kaiser, Mr. Frank Chen, and Mrs. Maureen Lundy.

We are all excited for Mrs. Bianca Hill, who is on her way to achieving a longtime goal. She’ll be making the leap into high school to teach United States History. We are also very happy for Ms. Leila Stoner, who has decided to take a year’s leave to focus on being the best mom for her beautiful daughters. She has graciously offered to remain on our substitute teacher list next year and we, of course, have happily accepted.

Our Specials instructors (Library, P.E. etc.) and other hourly staff members (aides, extended care etc.) were given their offer of continuation of employment letters last week and have a few weeks to consider whether they will return. A full staff and faculty roster will be included in our end-of-year mailing.

Our search is underway for our new 8th grade, 6th grade and 3rd grade instructors. The candidates who we’ve already begun interviewing, and from whom we have received resumes, are veterans in education and have expressed excitement to join our team at Star. Mr. Gallagher, Mrs. Lundy, and I are hopeful that within the next few weeks we’ll be able to announce our new teacher hires.

I now hand off to both Ms. Stoner and Mrs. Hill to finish off this week’s letter:

Dear Star Community,

I am writing to let you know that I will not return to teach at Star next year because I have accepted a position to teach United States history at the high school level. I have always envisioned teaching at the secondary level and after ten years at Star, I am ready for new challenges and opportunities for growth. I am so very grateful for all the support and encouragement that you have given me over the years; teaching your children has been one of the greatest gifts in my life. I love Star, I will always feel connected to this community, and I am confident that Star will continue to thrive in the coming years.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Bianca Hill

~ ★ ~

Star Community,

I am writing to let you know that my family and I have made the decision that I will not return to teach full-time at Star next year, but will be taking a year to focus on my family.  This was a hard decision, but the the best one for our family’s needs right now. I want to make it very clear that even with all the changes over the past year there is still no place I’d rather work than Star of the Sea.  If I could keep my 3rd grade teaching role forever, I would! I know the students and families will be in great hands next year and I hope to be present in a different capacity to help wherever I can. Star is a family, and I am proud to be a part of it.  Thanks for all your love and support over the years. See you in the halls! 😉

Love,
Ms. Leila Stoner

~ ★ ~

It is with big hugs and many well wishes to both Mrs. Hill and Ms. Stoner that I sign off this week.

I want to additionally thank you, each and everyone, for all that you do to make Star a place we will always consider home.

In faith, love, and partnership,

Mrs. Theresa Poon
Principal

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