July 14, 2014
Dear Springdale Families,
I want to extend my sincere thanks to the Springdale Community for the warm welcome I received at the end of this school year. I am so excited to be your Principal and carry on the wonderful traditions and successes of the Springdale community. As a new addition to our school, I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself.
I am a Stamford native, a graduate of the Stamford Public Schools, and have been working as an educator for SPS for 20 years. I graduated from St. John’s University in NYC with a Bachelor and Master of Science in Education. Additionally, I have a Professional Diploma from UCONN in Educational Administration. I have worked as a special education teacher and facilitator, a kindergarten and first grade teacher, an Assistant Principal at Stillmeadow and Davenport, and a Principal at Roxbury. I have been married for 15 years to my husband Tony, who is also a Stamford (and Springdale) native and a teacher for the Stamford Public Schools. We live in Trumbull and have two children. Toni is eight and Silvio is three. While we no longer live in Stamford, we remain dedicated to the town we grew up in and I am so excited to continue my work here with you at Springdale.
I intend to spend the first several months getting to know all of you and especially your children. I believe that collaboration along with a trusting and caring relationship between home and school is critical to our success as a school community. The PTO has been generous enough to meet with me already and we have arranged time to meet here in the Media Center on Tuesday, August 12th at 5pm during the Kindergarten Playdate so we can just chat and learn more about each other. Of course, if you are unable to attend and would like to meet personally with me, I am happy to make time for you as needed now and in the future. Please feel free to contact my secretary, Marcia Dinella to make an appointment at any time. Finally, I have enclosed a very brief survey that you can return at any time over the summer or in your child’s backpack when we return to school. I am eager to learn about all you hold dear at Springdale School as well as your hopes and dreams for our future.
This summer, I am working closely with Assistant Principal Laura Lynam to learn all I can about Springdale. I will be visiting Hershey Park and Cape Cod with my family towards the end of July and beginning of August but will be in and out of the school as needed. I hope you have a relaxing and rejuvenating summer. Don’t forget to take time to read, learn, and play with your children. They grow so quickly and it is important to cherish these years when they are young.
All the best,
The 2014 Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge was launched on Friday, May 9, at the Connecticut State Library in Hartford. Schools compete based on student population and grade level. The program identifies the schools with the highest percentage of participating enrollment and the highest number of books read by participating students. Please see the attached letter for more information and a link to the CT Reads 2014 website:
When it comes to learning how to type, the more practice the better!
Students in grades 2-5 can continue to improve their keyboarding
skills at home by going to the same program that they use in the
Media Center. Have them visit the free website typingstudy.com
and please remind them to keep their fingers in position! Thanks.
Mary Alice Williams