Sunday, October 6, 2013

Greetings Baldwin Community!

Greetings Baldwin Community, 

We have now completed 6 weeks of classes this school year! Boy, the time is flying! Throughout the building and in our portables our teachers and students have been working very hard every day learning and growing together. Our Bobcats have been learning about procedural and expository texts and have been creating their own compositions to show their learning in these areas. Our students have also been using addition and subtraction strategies to solve problems in mathematics. In fifth grade they are taking their addition and subtraction skills a bit further. The fifth graders have been using rounding and compatible numbers to estimate solutions to multiplication problems. 

This past Friday, we held Student Council Elections and this year our candidates gave their speeches live to our fourth and fifth grade classes. We had 23 candidates that gave speeches Friday morning. All of our candidates were well-prepared and did a tremendous job with their presentation skills. Our student council board is made up of: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Historian, so you can only imagine how difficult it was to choose only 4 students out of the 23 candidates. The fourth and fifth graders submitted their votes right after the campaign speeches and our 2013-2014 Baldwin Student Council Officers are: President-Jack L., Vice-President-Makenna H., Secretary-Ella N. and Historian-Madison V. Congratulations to our four elected Officers and to our other candidates that showed great poise and leadership throughout the campaign. I am very proud of all 23 students!!! I look forward to working with our new student council officers and their sponsors. I know they will be bringing new ideas and energy that will help our school show strong school spirit and make our days at Baldwin memorable and fun. Thank you to our student council sponsors, Mrs. Kelley Hively, Mrs. Orlanda De Los Santos and Mrs. Jenni Grumbles!

I want to take this time to thank all of our parents that donated funds to our PTA to help us celebrate Staff Appreciation Week! I  am very grateful and humbled to receive the special gift you gave me; I am honored to serve as your leader and principal. Mrs. McGray's fifth grade class also created a book of original short stories, poetry, procedural and informational text that they presented to me on Friday morning. I read each student's creation several times throughout the weekend and each time I laughed, giggled and smiled. Thank you to all of our Baldwin families for showing such kindness and appreciation to all of our custodians, cafeteria staff, teacher assistants, office staff, nurses, counselors and administrators! On behalf of all of these folks, I thank you for sharing your treasures with us!

Please continue to read the Baldwin ROAR for weekly information, reminders and events. Our annual Baldwin Carnival will be held in a couple of weeks-October 18. There are different ways for all of us to get involved in this year's carnival to help make it a greater success than it has been in the past. Our PTA Board has been working on all of the preparations for months and could use some help, so please take a minute to read the information in the ROAR or on the Baldwin website. Everyone that attends the carnival has a fun time especially our children so let's all get ready to help and enjoy the fun!

I look forward to seeing you at Baldwin!
Roaring with Pride, 
Dr. Peña