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Principal's Message

Ms. Karen Slate

Dear Parents/Guardians,


We have come to the end of the 2020-2021 school year.  The end of this school year certainly feels different from any other that I have experienced. Please join the NBLA staff and me in acknowledging and celebrating the many wonderful learning experiences and educational opportunities that took place throughout the year and especially during this remote/pandemic learning that we once again incurred for our students.  I feel a deep sense of gratitude to our students, our families, and community, for the resilience shown.

Parents, as our NBLA staff worked hard to develop, plan and execute best practices teaching and learning strategies daily and through Remote Learning; you have been instrumental in this process of continuing to help create a school/home environment conducive to learning, while ensuring your child continues his/her educational experience. I know it was hard, however a change is going to come and maybe we can get back to some normalcy.


Ensuring that New Beginnings Learning Academy is a “school that works and is continuing to move forward” has been a team effort that includes staff, students, parents and community.  I want to thank all members of the TEAM and Stakeholders for their help this year.  I want to especially thank Parents for being patient with us and helping us to stay focus by keeping with the daily routine of learning. This experience could not have occurred without your endless participation, energy, and devotion to New Beginnings Learning Academy. We sincerely appreciated seeing and hearing from you! Without your participation and dedication to the NBLA Family, we could not have been successful!


Over the summer vacation, I want to encourage our students to read, write and explore their passions this summer as well as get in some good practices of math. Please know that we are working on how to best provide the highest quality of education for our students when the 2021-2022 school year begins. We are also committed to continue to grow as educators with our students in reading and math and we hope that you will join us on this journey. Let us remember our LOVE, JOY & PASSION for READING & MATH

Just a note that you will receive your child’s report card in the mail. It is our hope, even though the pandemic may be over that everyone continues to remain Safe! Our NBLA staff wishes all our students and families the best with a wonderful, restful, fun and SAFE summer break. We also hope that your summer vacation is happy, refreshing and most of all relaxing. Please Remember, “It Takes A Village…!”


As always, please reach out if you need anything. Please remember to continue to look for updated information on the district website www.sd149.org. If you have any questions, feel free to call Ms. Slate at (708) 768-5200 or (708) 926-1245.  Thanks for your dedication to our children and cooperation in Dolton School District 149.  WE are the UNDEFEATED!

Thank you,

Ms. Karen Slate




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