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PES | January Newsletter

Dear Popplewell Parents, Students, Staff, and Community, 

As we begin the second semester, I would like to wish a very Happy New Year to our Popplewell Elementary Community! I trust everyone had a wonderful holiday season with close family. As we celebrate this new year, 2021, it is always a great time to look back to the past and look forward to the coming year. It is a time to reflect on the changes we want, or need, to make and resolve to follow through on those changes. So as we begin 2021, I want to assure everyone that the high expectations in academics set from the beginning of the year, continuing, as we begin the second semester.

January is a month where many of our benchmark assessments are administered. It is important that all students get plenty of rest, arrive on time (7:45 am), and attend school. You can expect to see one-on-one assessments instead of small groups as a classroom, intervention and special education teachers work with individual students to do the mid-year assessments for both State Assessments and District Universal Screeners.

We are beginning a new year full of hope and promise. There is light and hope with the COVID-19 vaccine at the end of the tunnel. However, it is going to take time to roll out. So, in the meantime, we are going to stay vigilant in our safety protocols. Wearing face coverings and adhering to physical distancing is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19. We encourage our learning community to follow the current guidelines to help stop the spread, which is vital to staying open, full time, and face-to-face in our building.

As always, I encourage you to please continue to check the CDC website, and our school website, for up-to-date information on COVID-19 continual changes.


In closing, I want to echo our gratitude for everyone’s continued support and wish you and your family good health and a much quieter, 2021 year. When we all return together, I feel confident that parents, staff, and students returning to school, will do so with a greater sense of belonging, thankfulness, and rigor for educating the children of Popplewell Elementary School.


Cynthia Cooper

PES Principal


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