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Principal Message

Dianne Hammer

October, 2019

Dear Layton Elementary Families,

The school year is off and running with a great start. Your children are coming to school happy and eager to learn. We are so grateful for your support and involvement in our school.

Next week, October 9 and 10, will be our first Parent Conferences. We will have 20 minute appointments to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress to this point in the school year. We like to do our first conference as early as possible while there is plenty of time to address your concerns and/or ours. We will be opening that up to you to schedule your time. If you sign up on the myDSD guardian account, you will be able to choose the time and day that works best for you. Please let your teacher know if you would like a translator in your conference.

We just completed a Title I Monitoring Visit. We met with a committee from the Educational Equity Department (Federal Programs) to present our needs assessment and school improvement plan, along with evidence that shows if our efforts are working. We are doing very well overall with most of our students making gains, but we are concerned about the progress of our English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities.  We are implementing extra measures to make sure we address their needs and give them extra help to succeed.

Attendance continues to be a problem for us. We need your child to be at school every day so they can receive the instruction they need to move forward in their education. If they are not there, we cannot teach them.  Please help your child to get in the habit of daily school attendance. Even if they say they don’t want to come, still get them to school. I assure that once they are at school, they are busy and happy and engaged. We have high expectations that your students will grow up to be healthy, happy, independent adults. Your encouragement can help them get there.

The Halloween Parade will be held on Oct. 31. This is a “short” day; children will be dismissed at 1:25 pm. Your child may wear his or her costume to school, but must bring clothes to change into for the remainder of the day. We will start the parade at 9 and should be finished before 10. Parking will be an issue, as always. Please try to walk if you are close enough to do so.

Thank you, parents, for all you do for us. We love your children and are happy to serve them every day.


Mrs. Hammer, Principal