Message From Principal

Message from Zaida Alfaro

Welcome Ellwood Families!

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at Ellwood Elementary School! We are looking forward to reconnecting with our returning families and welcome our new families.

This school year is going to begin quite differently than we are used to, as we will begin the year virtually. This virtual learning experience will look quite different than it did in the Spring. Your child will be engaged in learning for an entire school day throughout our virtual model. All children will participate in a daily Community Meeting. This is an approach that engages learners and creates a positive, safe classroom environment. Scholars will also receive whole class as well as small group instruction in all core subject areas — literacy, math, science, and social studies. They will also participate in a specialist class period daily — Art, Physical Education, Writing. Qualified scholars will receive English Language Learner and Special Education support. Independent practice and projects will also be incorporated throughout the day so that scholars’ are not on the computer for the entire day.

We are looking forward to a partnership with you to ensure that our scholars can achieve their highest potential. A strong partnership between home and school will make a difference in your child’s education. We ask that you support your child’s learning by ensuring they:
Attend school daily and arrive on time, ready for the day’s learning experiences. Even though we will begin the year virtually, on time, daily attendance is extremely important.
Complete all homework and independent work assignments given by the teacher.
Read daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills.
Share their learning experiences with you.

Communication and involvement is extremely important to us at Franklin. Please be sure to “Save” our school website, as well as “Connect” with us on our Facebook page What’s happening at Ellwood?. These will be frequently updated and will provide valuable information. We encourage you to get involved with our school community by participating in Family Meetings, Trainings, our School Advisory Council (SAC), and Recognition Assemblies. Please mark your calendars for our Fall Title One Mtg (SAC) on September 30, 2020 from 4:30pm – 6:45pm Title 1/SAC and our Virtual Back to School Meeting.

In the next few days, your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you through your child’s email and phone calls. You will receive your welcome information, expectations and your child’s schedule. On behalf of the staff, thank you for entrusting your child’s education to us. We also look forward to being able to see each other in person when it is safe again. Remember, school begins on September 2, 2020!


Z. Alfaro, Principal