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Welcome Menlo Park Families!
Happy summer! I hope everyone is having a great summer and has the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sunshine. I feel so privileged to join the Menlo Park family as your new principal. I am coming to Menlo Park with 20 years of experience in the David Douglas School District, as both a classroom teacher and instructional coach at Gilbert Park and Mill Park. My priority is to build strong relationships with students, parents, staff, community partners, and volunteers, while also providing an optimal learning environment for students. In my free time, I enjoy quilting, crafting, baking, spending time with my family, and playing with my dogs. I look forward to working with you as we partner together to create an amazing educational experience for your children.
I am also excited to announce that we are adding Assistant Principals at each of our elementary school buildings. Please welcome Nick Erickson as our new Assistant Principal of Restorative Practices. Nick will be supporting our exciting work in restorative practices–a process involving students and staff in determining how best to repair the harm done in a school community. It is solution oriented and focused on strengthening relationships and accountability, with an emphasis on caring for the school community and each other. Nick is coming to us from Gilbert Heights, where he recently served as the Title 1 Teacher. A major focus of his work has been around engaging and partnering with families in school. Outside of work, Nick loves to cook, read, and trying to wrangle the cats he has at home.
We are excited and optimistic for what the new school year will bring. Some of our goals are to focus on building relationships with students and families, implement our new English Language Arts adoption, embrace and introduce restorative practices, and ensure that kids get what they need and deserve everyday. I look forward to partnering with families and community members to reach our goals.
If you have driven by Menlo Park, you may have noticed a bit of construction. We are fortunate to be receiving a brand new HVAC system for our students, which will come with air conditioning in time for next spring. The majority of the construction work will be finished late summer/early fall, which is why we will be holding our back to school night later in September.
Summer Office Hours:
The office will re-open on August 15th, from 8:00-3:00, for questions and registrations. Please give our office a call if you have questions in regards to registering your child for the 2022-23 school year. If no one is available to answer your call, leave a message and the office staff will reply when they are in the building. You can reach us via phone by dialing 503-256-6506.
Monday, August 29, 2022
The first week of school for students (September 7th-9th):
This fall, we will welcome our families back with gradual entry similar to last year. Your students will receive a letter in August with their assigned day to come that week (only one day!) and their assigned teacher. All students will then come together beginning Monday, September 12th. Since back to school night will be later in September, please feel free to walk your child to class on their first day to meet the teacher and see the classroom. Then join Mrs. Phillips and Mr. Erickson in the cafeteria for refreshments.
New this year, each student will need to register for the bus using a google form. Once this form is ready, we will post the link to the website and share over email and text. Students will receive bus passes in mid-October to attach to their backpacks.
Thursday, September 29th from 5:00-6:30
If you or someone you know has a student living in the Menlo Park area who will be 5 by September 1st, you can register for grades kindergarten through 12 online here.
Principal of Menlo Park Elementary