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Principal's Message

Ms. Karen Slate

Dear New Beginnings Families,

Welcome Back to the New 2017-18 School Year! To our new parents and students, I am honored to have you as a part of the New Beginnings Learning Academy family.  It has truly been an honor to serve as the principal of NBLA, Dolton School District 149. Together with students, staff, parents and community members, we are working hard to strengthen NBLA’s status as a unique, rigorous, and delightful learning environment. Although I hope you have had a fantastic summer and are enjoying the last few days, I trust that you also are getting excited about the school year, therefore we look forward to working with you as part of a team that is dedicated to ensuring the academic growth of our children. 

Our mission at New Beginnings Learning Academy is to provide a nurturing, safe, and orderly environment in which children grow and learn to become successful members of the community. The demands and complexities of educating children are increasing day by day, therefore  It is evident and very important that we work together to develop their young minds and work together to insure that they reach their full potential and become productive citizens of society. We Believe… by “Educating the Whole Child,” that we have to challenge our students to grow in their academic abilities and be 21st Century College and Career ready for their future. As an educational family we believe, with your assistance and cooperation we will be able to move forward in continuing to reach the highest level of success. The gifts and talents that our students displayed combined with the dedication and passions of our teachers allow us to strive for excellence. By working together, students, parents/guardians, and staff can make New Beginnings Learning Academy is an enjoyable and great place to learn! Therefore, we are dedicated to putting our best foot forward by working hard to meet, achieve, and exceed the district and state academic goals. As long as we can continue to strive for excellence and work together as an extended family, we can move in the right direction for success. So we invite you to join us in this mission of empowering our children for this upcoming school year!

In an effort to move in the right direction, we are looking to see all of our students present, on time, in uniform, and ready to start a productive 2017-2018 school year! The First Full Day of School is Monday, August 21, 2017, starting at 9:00 AM.  Students who arrive early to school should plan to arrive at school between 8:10 and 8:45 for breakfast. If your child rides the school bus, they will receive breakfast in the classroom.

We are pleased to inform you that Dolton School District 149 will continue the implementation of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), an option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, for 2017-2018 school year. Schools that participate in CEP are able to provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for all students enrolled in that CEP school.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!! We also hope that you will join us on Saturday, August 26th from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for our annual “Back to School” Carnival hosted at Caroline Sibley School. We look forward to seeing those bright, enthusiastic, and smiling faces eagerly ready to learn! 

Throughout the year our district/school website www.sd149.org, calendars, and newsletters, will provide you with the most current information.  Please do not hesitate to contact my office if I can be of assistance to you at (708) 768-5200.

Again, WELCOME back to the New School Year! Let’s make this a great year!


Ms. Karen Slate

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