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Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. We are very excited to have you and your children as part of the Philadelphia Family. As we set high expectations with rigorous and effective academic programs that are directly aligned to the California Common Core State Standards, we see that teaching and learning is now more complex. Students must show us more often what they learn.
 
They must write across all content areas and they have the opportunity to discuss and analyze their thinking and reasoning. As always, our Philadelphia staff is committed to working with students and their families as a team. Our teachers have been working diligently in preparing their classrooms and lesson plans that promise to make for another productive year at Philadelphia Elementary School. Our talented staff brings a diverse set of approaches to instruction in order to address a variety of student learning styles. They are committed to building critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity into our educational program.    

Since the demands and complexities of teaching children have increased, it becomes evident that we all need to work together so that our students reach their fullest potential. To that end, we encourage a positive home-school relationship based on the mutual goal of providing the best learning experience possible for all of our students. Your partnership and support are key elements to ensuring that we are able to maximize each student’s educational and personal development. We believe that all of us - the school and the community - must work together in an extended family environment to ensure success for all our students. Research demonstrates that parent participation in their child’s school coincides with a greater likelihood of academic success for their child. With that in mind, you are invited to be an active participant at Philadelphia Elementary School. Being part of our Philadelphia PTA allows you to stay connected with the school, to be an advocate for change and progress at Philadelphia as well as to promote educational success through strong parent, family, and community involvement.

Throughout the community, there is an incredible level of excitement as everyone makes final preparations for the arrival of our children. It is with the same care, enthusiasm, and commitment that we approach the craft of teaching. As the people you have entrusted with the education of your children, we have developed a strong educational program that addresses each child’s social, emotional, and academic needs. We promote a positive learning environment that engages the students in meaningful work so that they develop the critical skills necessary to become independent, responsible, and productive citizens.

It remains an honor to serve as your principal. I am thrilled at the opportunity to get to know all of you and engage in the educational process together. It is truly a privilege to be a part of a community where parents, teachers, and students care for each other and strive to build positive relationships that support academic and social growth. The elementary years are critical times of development for students and families alike and I look forward to working with all of you to make this year successful. Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or stop by the front office if you should have questions or concerns.
Respectfully,
Alicia CastanedaPrincipal