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Principal's Message

Ms. Jamie Hayes

Our Mission:

The mission of Carol Moseley Braun Elementary School is to cultivate, motivate, and create compassionate learners who use determination and innovative thinking to build a strong academic foundation in the 21st century learning environment.

August 2018

Dear Parents and Students,

On behalf of the staff at Carol Moseley Braun Elementary School (affectionately known as “CMB”), I am happy to welcome you to the 2018-19 school year! I hope you enjoyed a summer vacation filled with fun and exciting memories with your loved ones. This promises to be a year filled with golden opportunities for all of our scholars as we strive to find ways that we can be even better than we have before!   Our district theme for the 2018/2019 school year is “Re-ignite Your Passion!”  As we embark on this educational journey we pledge to you and our students, that this will be a year of engaging, meaningful and rigorous work in our classrooms, combined with much energyenthusiasm, and a high standard of excellence!

Our primary objective in school is learning, but students need to feel safe in order to learn. We are dedicated to providing a safe, supportive learning environment, while continuing to foster a collaborative school culture and climate. Additionally, we have high expectations for the academic achievement of our students.  We work diligently to implement our “School Improvement Plan that was written to raise the achievement of all of our students.  We are providing staff development opportunities for the teachers to learn new, effective strategies and to collaborate about the many successful teaching strategies they are already utilizing to meet the needs of the various styles of learners in our school.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides additional resources to schools that serve students who are underperforming.  In June, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) identified Carol Moseley Braun School to receive targeted support to accelerate our academic progress in reading and math and to sharpen our focus on the well-being of the whole child.  Based on the preliminary 2017 PARCC scores Carol Moseley Braun has received a summative designation of Under Performing (in the lowest performing 5 percent of Title I eligible schools).  This means we have the highest priority for customized supports and additional resources to provide more and greater holistic support for our students.

We will continue our pathway in educating the whole child one-step at a time but with the help of the state.  We welcome this opportunity to build on the great work of our teachers and staff and look forward to including parents, families, and community partners in our efforts.

We will receive resources to address areas that need improvement.  In conjunction with those resources we will continue to work on the implementation of our district/school improvement plan goals relative to math and reading.  The building leadership team is committed to providing every teacher with the proper resources and support to implement the goals in our plan.  In order to ensure that we are providing appropriate interventions for all students, we will also take a deeper look at the NWEA student data to tailor student intervention plans.

We firmly believe that our students are extremely capable of reaching our expectations through the combined efforts of the students, parents, and teachers.  We urge you to join us in driving home the message that our students can learn and academically compete with students throughout the state of Illinois.  Parental involvement is one of the most crucial keys to any school’s success. You are the driving force in your children’s lives.  Please continue to show your concern by asking your child about the school day and making sure assigned homework is completed and returned to school.  We also encourage you to stay abreast of your child’s progress in school through consistent communication with all of your child’s teachers.

We are pleased to inform you that Dolton School District #149 will continue to implement the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for School Year 2018-2019.  Schools that participate in the CEP are able to provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for ALL students enrolled in that CEP school during the 2018-2019 School Year. Please have your child at school no earlier than 8:15 AM when supervision begins and prior to the 8:55 entrance bell.  A free breakfast will be provided in the cafeteria from 8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. and in the classroom from 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. If your child arrives at 8:15 a.m. they must eat breakfast in the cafeteria, if they arrive at 8:45 or if they ride the school bus, they will eat breakfast in the classroom.

The District 149 School Board also has a specific “Uniform Policy” for all of our students.  The students are required to wear navy blue belted pants/skirts/jumpers with a light blue top.  Uniform tops must have collars and shoes must be dark in color.  We would like to thank all the parents for their support of this policy.

We would like to extend a special invitation to our families to join us at our school and district activities and events whenever possible. I want to personally invite you to attend our Back-to-School Carnival on Saturday, August 25th, from 11 am – 3 pm, which is held at Caroline Sibley School and our Back-to-School Night on Tuesday, September 11th, from 6 pm – 8 pm. These will be great times to strengthen our CMB community, meet teachers and other families, and learn about the upcoming school year. We want and value your involvement and support in your child’s education.  Your active participation is key to their success!

Again, we welcome you to CMB and look forward to seeing our scholars on the first day of student attendance which is, Monday, August 20, 2018. Our new extended school hours this year are 9:00 a.m. – 3:30p.m. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.

Welcome to a great school year!

We Believe…Excellence, Humanization and Pride!

Educationally yours,
Ms. Jamie Hayes, Principal

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