WELCOME BACK TO NEWBROOK
Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year. We are very excited to have you and your children as part of the NewBrook community. Every staff member has been working very hard to prepare for the return of our wonderful students. We have set very high expectations this year, and have made some changes to instruction and assessment that will assist us in making sure that every student at NewBrook Elementary School will have a successful school year.
Students’ academic success is the main goal of every staff member at NewBrook Elementary School. We believe that every student will learn to the highest level and we are prepared to offer more time and support to every student that needs it. I ask for your support and participation in this effort by sending your child to school every day, encouraging your child to read at least 30 min. every evening, monitoring your child's homework, and asking your child to share what they learned at school each day.
We are very excited about the start of the new school year. School starts on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 8:30 AM and buses arrived at 3:00 PM every day. This summer, the school has seen a few physical changes. A new roof was put on the school and there has been some painting in the interior of the school, as well. I have tried to keep everyone up to date through the school’s web-site. Please get in the habit of going to the school web-site at newbrookschool.org. The school uses the web-site as an important communication and resource tool for the community and families at NewBrook Elementary. I would also like to remind families that this year we will be serving lunch out of our own kitchen and students will be eating in the gym/cafeteria.
I know that in the past the year was kicked off with a pot luck dinner the day before school starts. However this year, after thoughtful conversations with parents and others in the school community, I decided that the pot luck will take place during the first Open House sometime during the first few months of school.
As Principal, I will continue to listen, observe, and meet with people to identify what works well and what things can be improved upon. I’m sure that the staff and the NewBrook PTO will assist me in their roles and together, we can forge ahead and continue to build upon the success of last year. I would also like to remind everyone that if your child is going to be arriving at school late, or is absent, please make sure you call the school no later than 8:45 AM. The number to call is 365-7536. Leave a message if you cannot reach Melanie.
Last, but not least, please make an appointment to see me if you have questions and or concerns about anything. Many times assumptions are made based on inaccurate or incomplete information. So please don’t hesitate to contact me so I can assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. My door is always open. The staff and I look forward to welcoming you to another wonderful school year. See you all soon!
Christopher A. Pratt