Central Park Elementary

Educating the Heart and Mind

Home of the Cougars

September 2016

Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members:

It is indeed an honor to be given an opportunity to serve you and the students of Central Park Elementary School as your new principal and would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to our community. I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than 24 years. During this time, my experience included teaching elementary special education as well as 5th and 6th grade. In addition, I taught high school literacy, photography along with journalism and a college preparatory program called AVID. I am married to my husband Doug, and we have a daughter, Izabella, who is attending kindergarten at Central Park. I feel truly blessed to be the instructional leader of such an amazing school community, especially since it was here, some 40 years ago, that I began my education right here at Central Park.

I have five guiding principles that may help to introduce myself. They are:

  1. Develop the whole child first
  2. Create a culture of caring
  3. Integrity/honestly with compassion
  4. Teamwork/communication
  5. Empowering/encouraging/applauding

When I say, “Develop the whole child first,” I ABSOLUTELY mean the WHOLE CHILD FIRST. I love kids and, of course, that is why myself and the staff at Central Park are here… we love working with kids. Every child matters and is valuable; that is why we give, serve and sacrifice for the child’s sake and because I feel our job does not just entail developing academics, but entails meeting the needs of the whole child in order to gain academic success.

My desire is to help kids feel connected with a deep sense of belonging. Creating a caring learning community where everybody is somebody and creating a place that kids become responsible people in the discipline of education is essential. Three questions I will always ask kids are: 1) What were you about at school today [I am hoping they come to understand the answer is about the business of learning.]  2) What touched your heart today and helped you to be a better student?  3) What did you do that showed someone you cared about them? Research has shown that character is a strong correlation of school success.

Honesty with compassion is something that is important to have with each other as we work together in the most worthy endeavor, educating children and creating a place where everyone is important and everyone cares. I will seek to do things that are right and hope you can trust me over time to work beside you to do what is best for Central Park.

When you think of your child’s education, the first person who comes to mind is most likely the teacher. But it is helpful for you to know the team who is important to our school and to your child’s education. If you make an effort and get to know them, you’ll learn about the important jobs done by each member of the school team and also open up lines of communication that can help you and your child.

Meeting students where they are is key to their social, emotional and academic success. A piece of this puzzle is to allow them to be empowered in the learning process. We want to ensure that we are teaching the whole child and providing each student a leaning experience that meets his/her personal needs. Who knows the child better than themselves? Student are aware of their likes and dislikes, their own opinions, the things that they feel confident with, and the things that challenge them, as well as the dreams they have. It is our hope at Central Park to encourage and support those dreams.

I truly look forward to working with you this year and will strive to enhance the already incredible things being done at Central Park Elementary School and hope to be able to make a significant contribution to our school.

In partnership,

Barbara Page, Principal