August 11, 2017
Dear Komensky Staff, Students, and Families:
I am very excited to welcome you all back for the 2017-2018 school year!! Last year was an incredible year and I am sure that this coming school year will bring us even more amazing memories. This week, I had the pleasure to welcome our office staff, Karina Cruz and Bianca Sanchez. The ladies have been busy with registration and making sure we are ready to start a new school year. A big thank you to our custodians for working hard getting our building ready for the new year.
It is also my pleasure to welcome our new assistant principal, Sarah Gamradt. She has her Bachelor’s Degree from Northern Illinois University in Sociology and Master’s Degree from Concordia University in Educational Leadership. She is also endorsed as a Learning Behavior Specialist. She has been a teacher at Heritage and Freedom Middle Schools for the last 15 years. She is a dedicated educator who is student centered and will passionately advocate for them. She is married to her wonderful husband, Jonathan, and has two lovely girls ages 2 and 51⁄2. She will be a marvelous addition to the Komensky family and a fantastic partner as my assistant principal.
As I start my 12th year in education, I am amazed at how fast time flies. During my first year as your principal, I had the pleasure of meeting everyone and understanding what it means to be a Komensky Lion. Going into my second year, my goal is to continue living and breathing our vision of “You matter. Everything you do matters. Make today matter.” I want to make sure that all our staff, students, and families feel like partners in our daily school life. I want to continue to encourage our staff to be innovative in our instruction and push our students to be college and career ready. Together, we can make a difference.
Lastly, we have our Meet and Greet event on Friday, August 18th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Schedules will be posted on the inside of the school in order to protect the privacy of our students. Students and parents can come any time during this hour to meet their new teacher and drop off some of their supplies so they are not carrying everything on the first day of school. District #100 will also have their Back to School picnic on Sunday, August 20tht from 12:00pm to 2:00 p.m. at Proksa Park located at 3001 Wisconsin Avenue. Please join us for a fun-filled day to celebrate the new school year! The first day of school for Kindergarten to 5th grade will be on Monday, August 21st. Students will be in attendance from 8:25 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. on this day. Gates will open up at 8:15 a.m. for students to begin lining up.As always, should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come in, contact me via phone (708) 795-2342, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and I look forward to a successful 2017-2018 school year.