Transitional Leadership Team

Dear Springwater families,

We hope everyone is enjoying the final days of summer and the excitement that comes with the beginning of a new school year! 

We have wonderful news to share with you about our summer collaboration between the Board and Staff.   

This email is the first of a series of three announcements for you in the coming days.  Here, we are pleased to announce our Transitional Leadership Team for the 2018-2019 school year and their responsibilities during our leadership transition.  We also include here our Leadership points of contact on all school matters – contact information is below. 

Our next announcement will include the class lists and an exciting new teacher introduction. 

Our final announcement in this series will update you on our collaborative process of creating Springwater’s permanent leadership model for school year 2019-2020 and beyond.  We will also announce a schedule of Board Q & A Sessions and Community Outreach Events to discuss the school leadership models. 

TRANSITIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM MEMBERS

We proudly announce our Transitional Leadership Team for school year 2018-2019:

* Katie Rasouli, Instructional & Community Coordinator (ICC)

* Jen Wozniak, ICC

* Heidi Blackwell, Transitional Support Specialist 

Dawn transitioned to an off-site advisor role supporting charter compliance and other operational duties, as needed.  She no longer handles on-site matters for our students, staff, or families.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF TRANSITIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM & POINTS OF CONTACT

Katie, Jen, and Heidi share leadership responsibilities and serve complementary roles to each other.

Katie and Jen serve as the public face of the school.  They will be in the front office to handle all student and family matters including discipline, parent inquiries, family communication, staff support and facilitation (contract staff members), and emergencies.  Additionally, Katie and Jen are responsible for coordinating K-8 instruction, supporting teachers, and building community at Springwater.  Katie is on-site Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, and Jen is on-site Mondays and Fridays.  On Wednesdays, Jen continues to teach art and coordinates with Katie to ensure smooth co-leadership.

Heidi shares leadership responsibilities with Katie and Jen but has an emphasis on administrative duties.  Heidi provides charter compliance and operational support, including budgeting, scheduling, enrollment, policies, staff support and facilitation (non-contract staff), and other school-wide needs.  She also serves as a resource for families in a supporting role to Katie and Jen.   Heidi has a 1-year contract for her Transitional Support Specialist role. 

Heidi remains our Special Education lead and will be supported by a new part-time Instructional Assistant in Special Ed.  Heidi dedicates Mondays and Fridays to her administrative duties while reserving Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for her Special Ed responsibilities.

Katie, Jen, and Heidi each report directly to the Board. 

Katie can be reached at: katie@springwaterschool.com.

Jen can be reached at: jen@springwaterschool.com.

Heidi can be reached at: heidi@springwaterschool.com.

CONCLUSION & QUESTIONS

Katie, Jen, and Heidi are working closely with each other and the Board during this transitional year to ensure that our Springwater community continues to thrive well into the future. 

Please contact any Board member, Katie, Jen, or Heidi with questions or feedback.  We welcome your input and look forward to many productive conversations with you this year. 

Warm regards,

The Springwater Board of Directors*, Katie, Jen, & Heidi

* Board President: Genevieve Scheesley & Board Members: Devon Sommer, Mali Geister, Tina Marquez, Tory Blackwell, Chelsea Hamilton, Cinda Scott, Justin Bearden, & Holly Johnston

September 4th, First Day of School

Schedule of Events

8:35 School-wide breakfast social in the cafetorium and schoolyard. Students with parents
9:00 All-School welcome & introduction in the amphitheater
9:15 Students dismissed to the classroom with teachers
Parents invited to cafetorium for Q&A
9:45 Parents Dismissed

Please stop by the office to turn in forms and student medications.
Make sure to update your PikMyKid account before you leave today.

August 30th Meet and Greet

Dear Springwater Community,

We hope to see you at school next Thursday! Supply drop-off and an open house meet-and-greet with teachers is from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. The supply drop-off helps teachers start with organized classrooms on the first day of school. If you pre-ordered supply packs (which will be at school on 9/4) you should still try to make the open house. It is a great opportunity for students to have a moment of friendly personal interaction with their teacher and gives parents and teachers a chance to chat informally. The open house makes for a smooth, easy landing back at school for all involved.
While you’re at school, please stop by the office and check with April to make sure all your paperwork is complete, and turn in medications are turned in. She reminds families that your PikMyKid account needs to be updated for the first day of school. If you need help, she can get you set up on Thursday.
Please consider coming in earlier on Thursday. You may have seen invitations on Facebook to help Katherine in the garden from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. We’re extending the invitation to “Care For Place”, including the school grounds (there will be a mountain of bark chips to spread), school communal spaces, and classrooms. Even if you only have a short time to help, we’d love to have you. Support teachers old and new, welcome new families, and show them how we work together as a school community.
Thanks,
Jen Wozniak
Instructional and Community Coordinator

Springwater Needs YOU! Please volunteer!

There’s no better contribution to the lives of our kids than partnering with our teachers and staff at Springwater School.  Whether you volunteer for an hour or make a commitment over many months, your volunteer time is appreciated.  We need your help at school.

Join our 2020 Attendance Resolution!

Attending school has a huge impact on student success. This year we want to make sure every student misses no more than 9 days of school, or 1 day a month. We need your help.  Please let us know how we can best support you and your student so that they can show up for school on time every day.

Some Attendance Tips to Promote Student Learning:

  • Make sure your students keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine so they are rested and alert when they get to school.
  • Turn off all electronics including TVs, phones, and tablets at bedtime.
  • Make sure clothes and pack backpacks are ready the night before.
  • Check with our school nurse or office staff if you are not sure about when to keep your child at home due to illness.
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your student feels anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your student to school.