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Dear Lapham Families,

Welcome to the 201-20 school year!

I hope you are enjoying your summer and that you are excited to return to school. I am so excited to be part of the Lapham family and am anxiously awaiting meeting each and every one of you. I am excited to work with you and your children and welcome your ideas and dedication to our school. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all new that are joining the Lapham school community.

The staff has already began planning and preparing for your child(ren). They have been planning lessons, attending professional learning opportunities, and preparing their classrooms. They have also been taking some much needed time to rest, relax, and recharge for the coming school year. The office team has been busy preparing for registrations, new families, ordering needed materials, and updating student information. Mr. Dave and his staff has also been busy getting our school ready for you. They have been cleaning, polishing, and helping teachers set up the classrooms. Our PTG has also been busy planning back to school events, as well as planning for the school year. I would encourage you to join the PTG. They are doing great things for our school community.

Following our new district strategic plan, our mission for this year will be focused on:

·       Every child being on track to graduate college, career, and community ready. We will be focusing on students meeting their literacy and math goals as they learn and apply their learning.

·       The district and Lapham is a place where children, families, and staff thrive. We will be focusing on increasing our attendance, as well as focusing on improving our climate as measured through the student, staff, and family surveys.

·       Our African American youth will excel in school. This means, as a Lapham staff, we will continue to disrupt the barriers that stand in students’ way of attaining excellence. We will work together with our community partners to make this goal a reality.

As we start the new school year, I am looking to continue making Lapham a wonderful place of learning. We continue to be committed to making Lapham Elementary a place to build meaningful relationships and trust.

Yours in Education,

Cathy Prozanski

Principal, Lapham Elementary