A Letter From Dr. Watson-Hill
It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Principal of Sandburg Elementary School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition that has produced so many outstanding students. I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than sixteen years. My most recent administrative experience has been shaped by five years of successful leadership as an Early Childhood Principal for Harvey School District 152 and ten years as an elementary classroom teacher for Chicago Public Schools. I am elated to bring my skills as an educational leader to Sandburg Elementary School and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.
Together, we’re looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:
1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
2) Completes all homework assignments given by teachers
3) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
4) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life
5) Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
6) Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and go on to college
Along with teachers and staff, we will work hard to continue the legacy of success established at Sandburg by building strong relationships with parents, students, and community partners. We will focus on character education initiatives, Common Core skills, use of data to inform instruction, consistent implementation of instruction strategies to increase students’ achievement, and providing exciting and challenging enrichment opportunities for all students.
All of us at Sandburg are eager and excited to begin what promises to be the best year ever. This year, we will “SOAR TO HIGHER HEIGHTS”, as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant and builds relationships. As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors—teachers, students and parents—are excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun and nurturing environment. My door is
always open and I welcome your input. Please feel free to stop in, call or email me to discuss any concerns, suggestions, or ideas to help make this the best year yet!
I feel truly blessed to be the instructional leader of such an awesome school community.
Dr. Deborah Watson-Hill
Crossing Busy Intersections and Safe Passage
Any students crossing 147th St. are to cross at 147th St. and Loomis. Police officers have reported our students running across 147th St. and Myrtle. This is very dangerous! Parents, please speak with your children about this issue. Also, parents that pick up students after school please pull your cars further up. Please do not block the front areas. It makes it difficult for cars and buses to enter and exit in a timely manner.
Sandburg School offers the following activities for your child/ren: