Principal’s Corner

Terry HarnessBook Smart
I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!
~ Jane Austen

Do you remember the last time you finished a really satisfying book? One that completely engrossed you, one that was so good you missed it like an old friend and couldn’t wait to get back to it? In this rushed world where we have unfortunately become accustomed to quick, on-the-go bites of life, reading often becomes nothing more than pieces of online information or entertainment. But to relax into a good book, that is the stuff of real enjoyment. Don’t let the business of life stand in the way of the many benefits that reading a book offers: improved memory, stress reduction, and the opportunity to model a life enriched by books.

National School Walk Out Day
Many parents have been asking how SPARK intends on participating in National School Walk Out Day on 3/14 and we plan on spending it engaging in our regular day to day activities of teaching and learning. After many conversations with our teachers, we feel that it is in the best interest of our students to create as much normalcy as possible within the building so SPARK will not be participating by actually walking out of the school.

With that being said, students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades will be discussing “Compassion and Citizenship” through age appropriate lessons that tie in to our Social Studies standards and our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons. Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will learn and discuss “Social Change and The Legislative Process”. These lessons are designed to promote and facilitate an understanding of civic engagement and social responsibility.

I appreciate your understanding and support of our decisions for working with our entire student body on this very important and historical day.

Perimeter Fencing @ SPARK
On March 8th, SPARK hosted a community meeting to discuss the proposed plans by APS to build a perimeter fence around the SPARK property. Our Governance Board (GO Team) voted unanimously to accept the plans as presented. Our next step is to engage the Druid Hill Civic Association on this project while doing our best to work with them for the safety and security of all students and staff on our campus. We look forward to working with the DHCA. A special thanks is in order for Sara Zeigler for all of her hard work and years of service on making this a reality! Thank you, Mrs. Zeigler!!!!

Next Week
Don’t forget that we have Fine Arts Night on Thursday 3/15 beginning at 5:30pm in the gym and at 6:00pm we have the 4th and 5th grade GA Milestones Parent chat in the cafeteria! We would love to see you next week on Thursday for both of these events.