2020-2021 Principal's Welcome from Heidi Bergener
Dear Village Families,
Welcome Back to an incredible year of teaching and learning, at the Best School in the Universe... Village Elementary! It is an honor to be able to serve you and your family as we embark on our 3rd year together. We are challenged and excited to move forward with Bridge distance learning for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. We look forward to the first day possible that we are able to see all of our students back on campus! Although we are charting this new Bridge learning together, we are confident in our digital and curriculum training, that we are able to meet the needs of our students and their families!
In CUSD and at Village Elementary, we believe strongly that Every Child, Every Day needs a Connection, a Challenge, and a Champion. We will be working together, district-wide, to ensure our coordinated efforts stand behind our belief in the potential and promise of each child in our school.
We will connect our students using Sanford Harmony and Restorative Practices and our multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) process which includes a cohesive math curriculum adoption, Bridges, focusing on the depth and breath of our California Common Core Math Standards through differentiated and personalized learning. In order to meet the needs of our English Language Arts standards, CUSD has adopted a new English Language Arts (ELA)curriculum for the elementary grades, called Benchmark. We join many other districts around the county who use these diverse and complex text structures to teach the rigorous decoding, comprehension, reading and writing skills that California Common Core standards demand. Through implementation of our math and ELA curriculum and training, our students will strengthen their strong mathematical and reading foundations, challenging our students in expanding their critical thinking, articulation and application of skills taught.
To further connect and challenge our students, we have developed and refined a bell schedule that will allow our students more time to be at school, connecting to what matters most- our social -emotional well-being and academic preparedness. Our bell schedule allows for a dedicated intervention and extension time (even in Bridge learning), where data-driven student decisions will guide placements. Our STEM Innovation Lab, Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) and Physical Education specials will be integrated daily (during Bridge -they are pre-recorded lessons that can be completed at alternative times), connecting students to meaningful and relevant curriculum, all the while, opening up our master schedule to allow our grade level classroom teachers time each day for planning and prep.
Through continued staff development in Sanford Harmony and Restorative Practices, we are ready and willing to be a champion for your child in partnership with you and our greater Coronado community. Our students' individual social emotional and academic needs will be championed through our personalized education plans and diverse curriculum, designed to challenge and meet our students' full potential.
Our attention will be placed on the interconnection to curriculum and people, challenging and championing each child to meet their potential. You can expect further transparency throughout the school year and communication on a weekly basis though our SMORE newsletter, emails and text.
Lastly, I invite you and your family to connect by signing up in Konstella (our Village PTO app) pledging to be a PTO member, and a Coronado Schools Foundation "Hive 365" member. We know that "It Takes a Village" to create the magic that happens at Village each and every day. Please be a part of our magic making. We are who we are at Village, full of rich traditions and excellence, because of the people and the connections that we hold.
Join us in making sure that each and every child, every day, has a connection, a challenge, and a champion for their success.
All the Best,
Heidi Bergener, Ed.D.
Principal, Village Elementary