Helping OthersWednesday, January 17th, 2018 -
Dear ELMO Friends & Family,
We thought you might appreciate an update on how ELMO is working to help our community as Montecito literally digs out from the rain and flooding. Last Wednesday, our Parent Association met here on campus. We discussed ways ELMO could be a direct support to our community. One suggestion was to partner with schools in Montecito that would be closed. Immediately El Montecito Early School came to mind and we contacted their director, Suzy Dobreski. Several text messages and emails culminated in a planning meeting last Friday. As a result, this morning we welcomed just over a dozen students and three teachers from El Montecito Early School to our campus. We are glad to host these students and teachers whose school is not accessible. As you know, we began at El Montecito Presbyterian Church and so have a strong connection and shared history with them.
We see this opportunity as the result of God’s work. Last summer we opened a second PreK classroom. Community Care Licensing unexpectedly approved our campus to serve 72 preschool students; we never anticipated exceeding 60 students. Then, John Davies (an Alum parent and former president of the PFCE board) and Ken Marshall (who works for Dudek Law Firm) helped us work with the city to increase our preschool Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to match our license. Since on our busiest day we have 55 preschool students, we can legally host the displaced children.
As I look back on the process of opening a fourth preschool classroom and the approval for increased enrollment, I see that God’s hand orchestrated things for this exact day. This time last year, we would not have been in a position to help.
Our partnership with El Montecito Early School is both a step of faith and one of showing love to our neighbors in a time of need. We are incredibly proud of the willingness of our preschool teachers to embrace this endeavor. Although we never anticipated operating with 72 preschool students, we feel this is something we must do and are excited for our time together!
During the Parent Association meeting we talked of additional ways to support families. Since Thursday we have been collecting canned food to help stock the shelves of the local Santa Barbara Foodbank. Also, last Friday we hosted a few elementary students who normally attend public school in Montecito. These students needed a day out of the mud and muck and we were glad to welcome them. We may well host additional elementary students in the next week or two. If you happen to know families with elementary-aged students who need to temporarily be here, please contact me or call the school office, 962-3091.
Last Tuesday, I came across Romans 12:12 which says “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” While sometimes it may feel hollow to say, “I am praying for you” or to say “please be in prayer for …” this is exactly what Paul tells us to do! And so I finish by saying again, please continue to be in prayer for our community and those affected by the fire and flood.
Tim Loomer, Ed D
Head of School
AB 500 Faculty Interactions With StudentsThursday, January 4th, 2018 -
Pursuant to CA AB500 and Education Code 44050, El Montecito School posts this link to the section in the employee handbook that guides employee interactions with pupils.
CHILI ROUND-UP NOVEMBER 11, 1-5 PMThursday, October 12th, 2017 -
PRESCHOOL CAMP ELMO June 19-23 & June 26-30Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 -
TECHSPLORATION DAY: Friday, Feb 3, 2017Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 -
STUDENTS IN ALL CLASSES DIVE INTO S.T.E.M. LEARNING ACTIVITIES THANKS TO MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY
Our ELMO students are eagerly looking forward to Techsploration 2017 scheduled for Friday, February 3rd. Both elementary and preschool students will have time to engage and explore several hands-on technology and science related experiences organized by parents, local schools and businesses, and community members – discover what’s in a TV, program and drive Lego robots, manage water, check out a 3D printer, and more. Techsploration Day is a great way to excite students about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and get them thinking about future careers. Preschool Techsploration will occur by class between 10:00am and noon. Elementary Techsploration will be by groups from 12:30-2:30pm.
K-6th SEMESTER SHOWCASE & OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, January 22, 2-4pmTuesday, January 17th, 2017 -
Current and prospective families are invited to the K-6th Semester Showcase & Open House, SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 2017 from 2-4pm (rain or shine!) Explore the classrooms & first semester projects, meet teachers, hear student reflections & presentations, enjoy the chorus and worship band performances, play math games in the Library and do art projects in the Art Room. Our sixth grade “ELMO experts” are waiting to give school tours. We look forward to your visit!
DEMONSTRATION SITE RECOGNITIONFriday, October 2nd, 2015 -
YOU ARE INVITED TO VISITFriday, September 11th, 2015 -
Our next Open House will be Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 9-10am. Guests will join Jeannine Morgan, our Director and current parent hosts for a school tour and Q&A. We welcome all. Help us plan for your visit by sending an RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 962-3091
END OF SCHOOL YEAR EVENTSFriday, May 22nd, 2015 -
RSVP for EXTRAVAGANZA! This FRIDAY, JUNE 5th gathering is for all parents and students. At 4:00pm there will be a Kickball Game in Willowglen Park – parents vs. kids! Then at 5:30pm in the Quad, we will gather for dinner. The menu is BBQ chicken, baked beans, corn on the cob, salad and watermelon. A veggie version will be provided, subbing a pasta salad for the chicken. Cost is $10 adults/$5 children. RSVP to the office 962-3091. At 6:16pm the students will present the musical “Angels Aware” in the Quad.
Monday, June 8th, is the Parent Association End-of-year Brunch. After drop off, parents are invited to stay for Coffee Fellowship at 8:30am and Brunch at 9:00am and celebrate a year — or years — at ELMO! There will be time for sharing. Meets in Parish Hall.
Tuesday, June 9th is FIELD DAY for elementary students. Drop off at 8:30am at Mackenzie Park and pick up at 1:30pm. Students will be assigned mixed-grade teams and t-shirt colors. Watch for that news from teachers.
BACCALAURATE is being held on Tuesday, June 9th at 7:00pm at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian. Come here the first half of the 6th Grade student speeches and worship with them as they begin to celebrate the completion of their elementary education.
GRADUATION is set for 11:00am on Wednesday, June 10th in San Roque Church, next to school. All are invited to come here the rest of the 6th grade speeches and see the granting of the diplomas and class awards.
THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL is Wednesday, June 10th. Minimum day schedules will be used for all students: Preschool dismiss 12:00noon; K-1 dismiss at 12:15; Grades 2-5 dismiss at 12:30. (Graduates can leave with their families after the ceremony.)
COME TO THE REVUETuesday, May 12th, 2015 -
The curtain’s going up on the talented kids of ELMO School: 6pm in Parish Hall, Thursday, May 14. Parents and friends are especially invited to be our guests!