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Principal's Message

Back to School 2018

Wren Avenue Elementary  School of the Arts

August 2018

Welcome Wren Families and Friends!

Hope you all enjoyed your summer break! It is exciting to begin a new school year! As we get ready to begin the 2018-2019 school year, I want to reflect on the many successes we celebrated this past year as a new arts magnet school. Our students artwork was displayed at our first inaugural winter showcase night where a mascot was “born”—“Artie the Wren” by a 2nd grade student Ciana R.  Parents participated in Coffee and Canvas workshops, students donated artwork debuted in a Concord downtown art gallery, Raqual Amaral Gallery, staff and students celebrated world cultures through fine arts, music, foods, and dance during our spring art exhibition, and students partook in a collaborative chalk art mural to end the inaugural magnet year. In addition to our annual participation in Girls on the Run, Read Across America, Camp Silver Spur (4th and 5th grades), and witnessing student skill in our Talent Show, the Wren community participated in a Trunk or Treat, Walk-a-thon, Super Heroes dances, and STEAM Day for the first time.  Other notable magnet highlights consisted of Wren Ave students attending field trips to the Bedford Galleries and to the Lesher Center for the Arts, the California Watercolor Association training staff in watercolor technique, Wren Ave becoming members of the Mt. Diablo Education Foundation promoting arts in all elementary schools, and our 2nd grade team producing a semi-original musical, “How Freddy Found His Love of Reading.”  All performed and learned well!

This year will bring opportunities for success as we continue to pursue our school’s mission of arts integration. Art is the path that lets all students feel confident, creative and imaginative, whereby critical thinking is fostered and developed. Student expressiveness manifests through music, song, story, acting, dance, drawing or painting. Art provides multiple points of entry for students of diverse backgrounds. Staff will train in integrated arts through the Alameda County of Education Office, and by our own instrumental and choral music teachers, along with several guest artists throughout the year. Wren educators are committed to achieving academic excellence, promoting educational inquiry, providing a positive, safe environment for all, and weaving the performing arts into the curriculum. We look forward to partnering with our parents and community members to make year two of our magnet school a success. There are several parent meetings, committee meetings, school events, and student activities already planned for the new school year. Please continue to follow us through our website, wrenave.mdusd.org, Twitter, Remind, and flyers home for specific dates and times. We encourage you to get involved in your students’ education and school—join a committee, volunteer in the classrooms, help supervise in the cafeteria, in front of the school, and on the playground (fingerprinting scholarship opportunities available—please inquire with the office for more information), attend school events, chaperone a field trip, and join the PTA (Parent Teacher Association). Our little Wrens need you!

An important change for the 2018-2019 is our new bell schedule. School promptly starts at 8:00am, and ends at 2:45pm, depending on the day and grade level (please see release schedule available on our website). Breakfast is available from 7:30am each morning. All students are to report straight away to their classrooms. Please remember that safety is important, so please do not walk your students to their classroom doors. All visitors must sign-in with the office. All adult volunteers must be fingerprinted and cleared to be on-campus assisting others. Thank you so much for your cooperation!

The Wren staff wants your student to feel safe, empowered, and successful as well as being respectful, responsible, and an active artist and learner as we prepare them for college and career as life-long learners. We appreciate you getting your student(s)’ to school on time each day, working and reading with them at home, being invested in their education, and picking them up in a timely manner while practicing and modeling traffic safety. We thank you ahead of time for all that you do for Wren students and the community in achieving success! Go Wrens!

 

Sincerely,

Aline Lee, principal

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Meet Our New Mascot - Artie the Wren!
Meet Our New Mascot - Artie the Wren!