I am excited and feel privileged to join the Placentino learning community. I am entering my 10th year as an elementary school administrator. It's hard to believe I started this journey a decade ago. When I made the transition from the classroom to administration, I had a vision and a goal to partner with families, educators, and students to build a strong foundation and love of learning for our youngest students. This remains my goal and vision today.
This has been a year of many changes and adventures for my family. In addition to starting a new position here at Placentino, my husband Matt and I will be sending our oldest daughter, Caitlin, to kindergarten. Last spring, like many of you, I attended an orientation for kindergarten. I sat eagerly listening to the principal, specialists and teachers share about the kindergarten experience. When I left, my husband asked me what it felt like to "be on the other side". This question has echoed in my mind many times since this evening. I remember back to the various programs, activities, and experiences my daughter will embark on. Beyond the programs, what resonated the most with me was the feeling I had when I left the school. It was a feeling that all the adults in the room genuinely cared about children and that my daughter was going to be cared about as a child, not just as a student. I answered my husband, "I think Caitlin will be happy and successful in kindergarten, and feel cared about." This is my wish and hope both as a parent and an educator.
We also have a 3 year old daughter, Regan. Regan will be starting preschool this year and is extremely excited (and will share this with anyone who will listen)! Both girls are going to camp this summer and I have had my first experience with putting them on the big school bus. I love the convenience; however, it was nerve wracking the first day and may have had my husband follow the bus to camp.
Personally, I have embarked on new challenges as well. I recently finished my first triathlon. The day of event, I felt the adrenaline and nerves I imagine many of the competitors felt. The race began with two inspiring athletes; one who was a paraplegic and the other who was visually impaired. My nerves quickly quieted and were replaced with a sense of awe and inspiration. I was reminded of what is possible when we put our minds to something.
This year, we will be holding that theme close to our hearts as we welcome your children back to Placentino. With the mindset that anything is possible we are committed to meeting all of our learners needs (both academic and social/emotional). Whether it be French Immersion, Montessori, or Traditional, every classroom will meet children's needs using a variety of instructional practices, programs and high expectations for all.
Communication is a key ingredient in all children's success both in and out of school. A true and successful partnership requires families and educators to work together on a shared goal. I look forward to a year of partnering with you on the same goal I began my administrative career with, to build a strong foundation and love of learning for your children.
Mrs. Jaime Slaney