Dear Fir Grove/Vista families,
I hope you all had a wonderful and restful summer, and that you enjoyed the sunny weather that graced the northwest this summer. We are looking forward to seeing your great child at our first day on Wednesday, Aug. 30. The transportation department will be contacting you with exact pick up and drop off times as we get closer to the start date. We open doors at 8:25 a.m. each day. Please do not drop off students earlier, as we cannot provide supervision.
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be principal at Fir Grove/Vista. I am very familiar with working with students with self-regulation and mental health needs. I have worked in residential and day treatment settings as a therapeutic staff, worked as a school psychologist in the Evergreen School District for nine years (the last four were at their day treatment school), and spent the last three years as a principal at Wheatley School in Portland (students with cognitive and communication delays who exhibit negative behaviors). I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with you and your child now.
It has been my experience that when home and school work together in supporting students, those children make gains that are more significant and meaningful. As such, my expectation for my teachers is that they are communicating daily the accomplishments of your child, in the manner that is best for you. Either by phone, note, or email. The purpose of this is to establish two-way communication between home and school, where information about the child can be shared that might affect the student’s behavior at home or school. These items can include a visit with a family member, not sleeping well, a medication change, great score on a test, challenge with a peer, etc.
We will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, September 7th from 5-6 p.m. here at school. The address is 2920 Faulk Road, 98661. Your child’s teacher will be sharing information about the curriculum, introducing you to the classroom and learning space, and also learning from you more about your child. Topics such as favorite food, favorite sports team, favorite activity—all of which will help the classroom team build relationships with your child.
Principal Fir Grove