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Superintendent's Message

Elmwood Students Put Gratitude into Action

 

Each month across South Lake Schools, students learn about and practice character traits that will help them become successful and productive community citizens. This month, the character trait of “gratitude” is the focus.  The students at Elmwood Elementary have exemplified the trait of gratitude in multiple ways.

 

This month Elmwood students demonstrated gratitude to our veterans by creating art and letters to express their thanks for the service being given to the nation.  Since 2018, ten different South Lake Schools graduates have served in the various armed forces, from the army, navy, marines, and army national guard.  The district is proud of these young men and women and the service they are providing.

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The students learn about the sacrifices veterans have made to protect our country and our freedom.

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The students and teachers showed their appreciation to these veterans in various ways. Mrs. Kraft’s 4th grade class spent time writing letters of gratitude while Mrs. Dobbin's 3rd grade class crafted amazing art.  Activities like these not only allow students to practice gratitude but at the same time it provides fun opportunities to practice writing, social skills, and artistic expression.

The letters and art are meant to warm the hearts of the veterans and demonstrate how much they are appreciated!  The students learn about the sacrifices veterans have made to protect our country and our freedom. In addition, writing letters and creating art helps students feel connected to the veterans of our community.

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This partnership between the community and the school provides important resources for classrooms and enhances the educational and extracurricular experiences for the children.”

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Elmwood students have also partnered with the community for the annual fundraiser. This year the students held their first costumed walk-a-thon through the community with the South Lake High School marching band leading the way. The children enjoyed dressing up and walking the neighborhoods as community members and neighbors participated in the fun, watched the parade, and listened to the band.

This PTO fundraiser helps the district maintain its tradition of excellence.  Members of the PTO, other parents and grandparents donate and help organize the event with the children.  This partnership between the community and the school provides important resources for classrooms and enhances the educational and extracurricular experiences for the children.  Special thanks to the PTO and the high school marching band for helping to make this year’s event a success.

Mrs. Taliaferro’s 4th grade class were the top walk-a-thon earners, raising a total of $2,645 towards our school goal. The monies raised benefit the joint PTO of Avalon and Elmwood. The PTO uses this money to provide resources and supplies to staff, organize/host/pay for community events like the recent Trunk or Treat, and to provide other supports to the schools. Check out the South Lake Facebook Community page to see the walk-a-thon featured there.

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Special thanks to our parents, grandparents and community members who continue to walk with the students and staff as we partner to help students learn and lead today and in the future.”

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As Thanksgiving comes to a close, South Lake Schools is grateful for the strong partnership between the district and the community.   Special thanks to our parents, grandparents and community members who continue to walk with the students and staff as we partner to help students learn and lead today and in the future!

 

Sincerely,

  

Theodore Von Hiltmayer

Superintendent