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Principal's Message

Mr. Thomas J. Coughlin
Elden Principal 

September 2018
Dear Elden Families,
I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe summer vacation. I cannot believe how quickly it flew by. Fall is approaching very quickly. I am so excited to see your children’s bright and smiling faces on Wednesday, September 5. As a reminder, this is the first day of school and it is a full day.
I am so excited to introduce your children to the Positivity Project this school year. “The Positivity Project empowers America’s youth to build positive relationships – and to understand, appreciate, and exemplify the character strengths in us all.” We are dedicated to helping our students build strong relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves and others. Please see the character strength calendar, which was sent to you in August.
I would like to welcome several new staff members. They are: Mrs. Ancona, administrative intern; Ms. Gilkey, 2nd grade teacher; Ms. Elias, 3rd grade teacher; Ms. Follansbee, 4th grade teacher; Mrs. Duncan, special education teacher; Mr. Wellman, adapted physical education teacher; Ms. Mooney and Ms. LaDuke, teaching assistants in kindergarten; Ms. Baum and Ms. Salotto, teaching assistants in 1st grade; Mr. Frawley, teaching assistant in 2nd grade; Mrs. Diep and Mr. Curry, teaching assistants in 3rd grade; Ms. Toth and Ms. Legere, lunch monitors in the cafeteria; and Ms. Skiff and Ms. Cooper, cafeteria staff in the kitchen.
Also, congratulations to Mrs. Hunt who is our new RtI math teacher and to Ms. Saxon who is our new cafeteria manager.
Please consider joining the Elden PTA. This group of parents is dedicated to helping all Elden elementary students succeed. Over the years, I have seen such dedication to organizing the following: picture days/yearbooks, Scholastic book fairs, family fun nights/ice cream socials, walk-a-thons, box tops for education, enrichment days, field days, teacher appreciation weeks, arts-in-education assemblies and so much more. Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, September 18th at 7:00PM. Check out the Elden PTA website at:
Please look over the calendar of events listed on the back of the newsletter that was emailed previously in the month. It includes the Elden “Picture Day” date change. It will take place on Monday, September 17th.
I look forward to “Achieving Our Full Potential Together.” As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Thomas J. Coughlin