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From Mr. Williams….

Dear Patterson families,

Entering my second year as principal at Patterson International, I am eager to continue the partnerships and relationships that we established last year. I am excited to see all of the students and their families, and meet the new families and students who will join our community this year.

There are some exciting new changes for our school this year. We have 7 new teachers who will joining our staff. Please help me welcome them as we kick off the school year, and we embrace them as new members of our school and our community.

  • Tammy Bullock (Kindergarten) Ms. Bullock is an experienced teacher who was recently a reading specialist in Jeffco. 
  • Kat McAuley (1st Grade) Last year Ms. McAuley was teaching elementary in Cherry Creek.
  • Maria Stiles (3rd Grade) Ms. Stiles will be joining Patterson from Aurora where she was teaching at the elementary level.
  • Gabrielle McCormick (Special Education) Ms McCormick was teaching in Denver, and she will ½ time at Patterson and ½ time at Rose Stein International. 
  • Miranda Harris (Social Emotional Learning Specialist) Ms. Harris and will be our new Social Emotional Learning Specialist who we will also share with Rose Stein International.
  • Kevin Taft (PE) Mr. Taft has been a PE teacher in Jeffco and will be at Patterson and at Glennon Heights Elementary.
  • Karen Schroder (PE) Ms. Schroder has been at Slater and will be at Patterson at Slater Elementary.

Other exciting news is our playground enhancement is complete and looks great. The upgrade to our playground will give our Kindergarten students more appropriate equipment to play on, and also adds additional equipment for all kids to enjoy. Additionally, the district is providing Patterson with 6 new exterior cameras that can be monitored by both myself and the Department of School Safety to help enhance security for students and staff. Lastly, we have a new sign in the front of school to welcome visitors as they enter and leave our school.

We will be using social media this year a lot more to communicate to parents about events, school safety, and all the awesome things that your kids are doing at Patterson. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook, so we can use social media as a communication tool for parents and families. You can find the links on our web page to follow us, and I encourage all parents to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.   

As we start the school year, I would like to gently remind parents about a few safety and attendance expectations. Please remain mindful of these reminders throughout the school year to ensure safety and success for all:  

  1. Leave dogs and other pets at home before, during, and after school. Dogs are not allowed on campus or in the building during the school day because of allergies, phobias, and liability.  
  2. Avoid scheduling appointments for your children during school hours when possible.
  3. Avoid taking vacations and be aware of the number of days that your child does not attend.
  4. School starts at 8:10, please plan to have your child ready and lined up no later 8:05 am.
  5. Please walk your child to school when possible to help to alleviate traffic congestion.
  6. Remain in your car when dropping off and picking up children, do not double park and block Dudley Street traffic, and do not make U turns near the school.
  7. Student will only be allowed to cross Dudley at designated crosswalks, and I would ask that parents also model that expectation for our students. 
  8. Please be patient with each other during drop off and pick up, so we can all ensure we are modeling good behavior for our students.

Thanks for your continued support of your children, our staff, and our school. I hope to see all families at Back-to-School Night for grades 1st -6th on August I2th, and see the Kindergarten families on August 15th. I am grateful every day to be the leader of such a wonderful school and be part of such an amazing community!

Please always feel welcome to come to school and talk to me with questions, comments, and concerns. 

Mr. Williams – Principal Patterson International

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