March....in like a lion
Greetings BLES family and friends!
March 20th is the first day of spring and with it comes more daylight, warmer temperatures and new beginnings.
March is also Women's History Month. Our core value mentor of the month is Rosa Parks. She is best known for her role during the Montgomery Bus Boycott. But there are so many other incredible women in history who continue to inspire us today- women like Alice Coachman who was the first African-American woman to win an Olympic Gold medal and Grace Hopper who was the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University. We will share interesting facts about impactful and influential women in history with our scholars this month.
I can't let the month of March go by without a little introspection and reflection. One year ago, on March 12th, I became the new Principal of Brooklyn Landmark Elementary School. How time flies! This past year, I've learned so much about myself. But I've also had the privilege of learning more about all of you- scholars, teachers, partners, families and friends. It truly takes a village to raise a child! I want to recognize the best Assistant Principal ever. Gina Dawson works incredibly hard for our scholars and our school. I am so very happy for her friendship and her commitment to this work. Shout out to the amazing teachers, coaches, educational assistants and school associates at Landmark. They work tirelessly and go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that BLES scholars are intelligent, well rounded, safe and happy individuals. They are our every day Super Heroes! Thank you to the admin office staff- Ms. Cofield and Mrs.Gibson who keep the office running smoothly and make it look super easy. Thank you to the SBST, Ms. Miller and Ms. Moya for always knowing what to say and how to say it. Thank you to our safety agents, custodial team and kitchen staff for always asking- How can I help you? They wear multiple hats in our school and make sure that scholars get what they need. Thank you to all of our community partners who fill in the gaps and help us in ways that we never even considered. A special shout out goes to Evelyn from CLS, Mildor from Studio in a School, Andrea from Food Corp, Greg from Change for Kids, Tori from Repair the World and Adreana from Xposure. Thank you to the team at District 23 who provide ongoing support and learning opportunities. Thank you to the elected officials who help our school in BIG ways. A special shout out goes to Councilman Espinal. Most importantly, thank you to our scholars and families! Without you, there is no Landmark. Thank you parents for entrusting your scholars to us every day. Thank you for volunteering, for sharing your ideas and voicing your concerns. Thank you for making sure your scholars are in school every day, on time and prepared to learn. Thank you to the PTA who work with all of us to meet our school's goals. I believe that TOGETHER, we can do anything! I'm looking forward to what Year 2 will bring.
I hope to see all of you at Parent Teacher Conferences on March 14th.
Joyce Beckles-Knights, Principal