Principal's Corner

Principal: Annette Sisler
 
November, 2018
 
I would like to send a huge shout out to the volunteers who made this year’s Harvest Festival happen! Thank you for dedicating your time and talents. Students loved the addition of Pumpkin Hockey and the yummy treats. Also a huge success was, the Taste for Territorial Dinner, Art Sale and Auction held on November 16th. This TPA sponsored event brought in nearly $4,500 while providing an opportunity for students and families to spend time together enjoying food and fellowship while appreciating the displayed art work and bidding on a variety of donated items including a custom quilt, tickets to the Nutcracker Ballet, spa package, to name a few. Many thanks to the volunteers who worked to put on this fabulous community FUNdraiser as well as those business partners who supported these efforts with donations of goods and services! As a result of the tireless efforts of our Territorial Parent Association, we are well on our way to generating the substantial funding needed to support our upcoming Outdoor School Activities.
 
It has been a humbling privilege to observe the selfless service that TPA members put into providing enriching experiences for Territorial students. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such dedicated parents, and to be a part of this “Small School with a Big Heart”!
 
Territorial’s Annual Food Drive is currently underway. We are collecting non-perishable food items to be used for holiday baskets that will be distributed to local families through the Goldson Grange and Food for Lane County this season. Students who donate a non-perishable will get to participate in various incentives. Last Friday, participating students got to wear their pajamas to school. 
 
5th grade had an opportunity to go on a field trip to Salem on Friday, November 9th. Students got to tour the State Capitol Building: including a tour of the House of Representatives and the Governor’s office. Students also got to visit Willamette Heritage Center and tour the colonial homes and Native American artifacts. Students were able to engage in hands-on activities with compasses, staking claims and presentations on famous explores. 
Site Council has been working hard on our School Improvement Plan (SIP). We appreciate the valuable feedback that TPA members were able to give. This year we will be focusing on Attendance, Behavior, and Foundational Reading Skills. It will take a strong parent, staff, and student partnership to complete these goals. We look forward to collaborating and working with parents as we strive to help children be successful both academically and socially. 
 
On that note, we also recognize that creating a safe learning environment is a critical part of helping each child achieve academic and social success. This year we have a new system that you can use to report school safety threats, the SafeOregon Tip Line. This is a reporting tool allows Parents and community members to submit anonymous tips on major threats that have the potential to affect safety at school. Such threats may be about threats to harm self or others, drug abuse, weapons, and bullying that has imminent or major safety threat to students. SafeOregon is run by an outside agency that will monitor the tips and forward them to the appropriate agency or person who can handle the situation. Individuals can access the SafeOregon system through a link on our school website or they may go directly to the safeoregon.com web site. Tips can be submitted through the web form on the SafeOregon web site, or by text, email, live call and mobile app. I encourage you to learn more about the Tip Line by visiting the SafeOregon website at www.safeoregon.com. Please note that this is not a replacement for you communicating to the school directly about the day-to-day student safety needs that we have always dealt with as part of an elementary school.
 
As the first trimester comes to a close, teachers are preparing for completion of report cards as well as scheduling parent teacher conferences which will take place on the evening of December 3rd and throughout the day on December 4th. This is a great opportunity to make the connections necessary to supporting student success. Teachers are hoping for 100% turnout this year! If you haven’t turned in your parent teacher conference request form, please do so as soon as possible. In the spirit of the season I would like to express my thankfulness, I am thankful to be part of a school, district and community that cares about and works to support students and families.