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Monthly Coffee with the Principal

Every month there will be a Coffee with the Principal.  Each Coffee with the Principal will focus on a particular topic that will be selected based on parent input.  At the monthly Coffee with the Principal you will also have an opportunity to ask questions, express your ideas, and get updates on what is happening at the school.  The first Coffee with the Principal will take place as follows:

 

Thursday

January 18, 2018

8:20 am 

 

Tentative dates for Coffee with the Principal for the 2017-2018 School Year are as follows:

 

Thursday, September 14, 2017  POSTPONED

Date changed to TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thursday, January 18, 2017

Thursday, February 15, 2017

Thursday, March 8, 2017

Thursday, April 12, 2017

Thursday, May 24, 2017

 

Dates will be confirmed in the monthly parent newsletters, weekly reminders, and on our website.  We look forward to seeing you!

Principal's Message

Introduction Letter

Dear Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School Community, 

 

My name is Elizabeth Bernal, and I am thrilled to introduce myself as the new principal at Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School!  I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the Weemes learning and teaching community and look forward to working with a dynamic staff, dedicated parents, and involved community members.  Most of all, I look forward to working with our brilliant students and building on the outstanding work already at our school.

 

I come to Weemes Elementary school with 20 years of experience in LAUSD in various capacities including school site administrator. Most recently, I was the principal at Main Street Elementary School for 5 years, and before that I was an assistant principal.  Prior to my service as site administrator I was a classroom teacher, a math coach, and a local district math specialist.

 

On both a professional and personal level I enthusiastically embrace our school's mission to educate, inspire, and challenge all students (and adults) to be life long learners.  With regards to our students, this encompasses ensuring students are college and career ready so they can be productive citizens in a global economy.  Differentiated, rigorous, and relevant instruction is key to achieving this goal, and, a safe, positive, and supportive environment for everyone is imperative.  A team approach most definitely is necessary to create and maintain this desired learning environment, and I am eager to begin collaborating with everyone.

 

Throughout the year, school communication(s) will take place through our monthly bulletin, the school’s website, flyers and ConnectEd (our mass communication service).   I look forward to meeting and working with every single one of you.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach me via email at Elizabeth.Bernal@lausd.net or via phone at 323-733-9186.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Elizabeth Bernal, Ed.D.

Principal

 

Weemes Elementary is a learning community that values every student, parent, teacher, and staff member equally.

We strive to encourage each other to do our best everyday.

We achieve our goals through commitment, communication and collaboration in a nurturing environment.

Growth Mindset

As we start the second semester, I want to challenge you to make the commitment to develop a growth mindset in your child so she is better able to face and overcome challenges.

A growth mindset determines how kids think about problems. Kids who have a growth mindset believe that through hard work, practice, and dedication they can grow their abilities and become smarter.  Suppose, for example, your child is having trouble finding the answer to a math problem. If your child has a growth mindset, her response to the difficult math problem is to try to solve the problem and keep trying different approaches.  Your child might even ask for help in solving the problem so she can learn and be more ready to solve a difficult problem in the future. 

If a child does not have a growth mindset, she has a fixed mindset, which means that she does not believe she can get smarter.  When a child with a fixed mindset faces a problem, her response might be to throw up his hands and say, “I’m not good at math”—and quit trying.  A child with a fixed mindset does this because she is afraid of trying for fear of failure.  She feels failure because it makes her feel dumb since she does not believe she can learn to become better at solving problems.

School is filled with challenges—and your child’s success depends on how she responds to those challenges. Encourage her to develop a growth mindset, so she believes that even if she can’t do something now, she will be able to learn it in the future.   Students with a growth mindset are more likely to stick with a problem—and solve it. You can encourage this mindset by praising your child’s effort and the steps he took to accomplish a task.  You might say things like, “That project was challenging, but you made a plan, organized your self, stuck with it and finished!” 

If you want more information about growth mindset you can go to https://www.mindsetworks.com/parents/growth-mindset-parenting.

College Starts Now

It is incredibly important to remember that the path to college starts as early as elementary school.  At the most basic level, it begins with good attendance.  Students need to be present in order to learn all the foundational skills and concepts they need in order to graduate high school and be college ready.

If you have not done so already, begin to speak to your child about college and teach them about different colleges.  You can research different colleges on the internet or you might even decide to visit a local college campus like USC, Occidental, Loyola Marymount, Cal Tech, Santa Monica City College or UCLA.

In general, the higher the educational level someone has the more money they make and the less likely they are to be unemployed.  For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics someone without a high school diploma on average will make $444 per week and have, on average, a 15% chance of being unemployed. Yet, someone with a high school diploma will make on average $626 per week and have, on average, a 10.3% chance of not having a job. 

Decreasing the potential for unemployment and increasing earning potential are not the only reasons to encourage students to graduate high school and go on to college, but they are 2 very practical ones.

As always I look forward to working with you to ensure the best education for your child. If you have questions feel free to contact me at 323-733-9186 or Elizabeth.Bernal@lausd.net