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Welcome Back to the 2017-2018 School Year

It’s hard to believe that the start of another year of school is upon us.  AES staff are looking forward to an exciting year of great opportunities with our students and staff.  As we start our new year we want to take this opportunity to welcome our students and staff back to school!!

“What’s New” at AES  Mr. Russell Lofthus, Adrian Elementary Principal

On behalf of all the staff members at AES, I want to welcome everyone back to what promises to be a fantastic year at AES.  With the start of a new year, there is a lot of positive energy in our building as we look forward to helping our students learn and grow to their fullest potential.

Again this year we will be featuring the exciting things that make AES a great place for our students and staff to work and learn in our building newsletter titled “Lil’ Dragon Fire,” which is published twice a month and sent home with the oldest student in each family.  There will be a column titled “What’s New At AES” in some of the editions that will highlight things that make AES special.  Lil’ Dragon Fire will also be published on the Elementary Tab on our school website, which can be found at the following link: http://www.isd511.net/elementary   

In addition to our newsletter, our website is the place to go to find information about our school.  Elementary specific items can be found at the link listed above, including the following items:

*Breakfast/Lunch menus

*Access to the Parent Portal for Infinite Campus where you can check grades, attendance, and account balances

*Teacher websites that include contact information

*Information on our School Wide Title I Program and Literacy Plan

*Our Student Handbook and School Calendar

Adrian Elementary (and the Middle/High School) is excited to announce we will have a Facebook page this year. We will use the Facebook page to provide up to date communications, and we will feature stories about the many special things happening in our schools. 

Building Security Plan Update    

Several years ago we started locking all entrances, except for the main entrance, after the school day was in session.  This past year we made some changes to our Building Security Plan that helped us better maintain a safe and secure building for our students.  Anyone entering the building between the hours of 8:15-3:00 will need to wait in the vestibule area by the office.  In order to enter the building, all visitors will need to use the Video Access Panel on the south wall of the vestibule, and office staff will open the door after asking you to state your name and the purpose of your visit.  Once you enter the building you will need to come into the office waiting area.  Any visitor needing to go beyond the office area will need to sign the visitor log and wear a Visitor Badge.  Upon leaving, each visitor will need to return to the office to sign out and return the Visitor Badge.  This system worked very well this past year and will continue to be in place in your schools.       

 Office anTeaching Staff Changes

This year we have some new staff members that have joined our team.  

*Mrs. Jennifer Altman has been hired as the Elementary Secretary.  Mrs. Altman has children attending AES, and is excited to begin her work at Adrian Elementary.  We are excited to have her join our AES team!!! 

*Mrs. Kelsey Diekmann has been hired as the Grades 3-5 Reading/Math interventionist, and will teach a section of 6th grade Language Arts.  Mrs. Diekmann will also serve as our English as a Second Language teacher for the district.  Mrs. Diekmann is starting her first year as a teacher and is very excited to work with our students!!!

*Mr. Jordan Pater has been hired as the Pre-K-5th Grade Counselor. Mr. Pater is returning to his hometown to be a counselor, so we are excited to say "Welcome Home" Mr. Pater!!!  

Building Upgrades

When the new school year starts in September, our students will notice some exciting changes at AES.  The classrooms in the 1954 part of the building have new windows that look great and will improve the energy efficiency of the building.

New Beginnings

In closing, the start of a new school year provides our students an opportunity to learn and grow as a part of our school community.  AES staff members look forward to helping our students further develop their skills and abilities in several areas, including the following:

*Academic Achievement     *Personal Responsibility    *Respectful Behavior     *Good attendance

Welcome back to Adrian Elementary.  Let’s have a fantastic year together!!!

Sincerely,

Adrian Elementary Staff

 

Elementary Parking Lots/Traffic Flow/Student Drop Off
and Pick Up Procedures

This year we are again emphasizing the importance of traffic flow at the elementary.  We provide crossing guards at several key locations, but we need the cooperation of students and parents to keep our parking lots safe for students. Please note the following:

  • The parking lot on the east side of the building is reserved for parents.  Parents can stop to drop off students in the lane along side the east side of the building, but please do so quickly as this is a fire lane.  If you anticipate that it will take more than a few seconds please park in the lot so we avoid cars going around you.  
  • The parking lot on the west side of the building is reserved for staff and bus drop off and pickups.  Parents are not allowed to park in this lot.  We have experienced problems with people leaving their vehicles parked in the lane as well, and this will not be allowed.  
  • 5th Street, which is along the north side of the elementary, will be closed each day to traffic from 2:50-3:30 to allow for bus loading.  Please do not park on the south or north side of this street from 2:50-3:30
  • Suggested student drop off locations include the following:
  1. 6th Street along the south side of the elementary.  Students can enter and exit through the 1954 entrance.
  2. Oklahoma Avenue boarding the east side of the elementary property.  There are sidewalks for students to follow to enter the main entrance of the elementary.

We ask that parents carefully consider the above information when determining the best location to drop off and pick up your students.