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Principal's Message

Dear Cornell Families,
I hope you are enjoying a wonderful, relaxing summer – filled with just the things you and your family need to refresh, restore, and relax during these beautiful summer days. We just have a few remaining days before our first day of school on August 26th. I want to extend my wishes for all new and returning families to have a wonderful year filled with social and academic learning. Certainly, it is a privilege to be a staff member, student, or parent at Cornell. It is such a pleasure for me to be joining this fine school as your new principal.
As I begin my first year at Cornell, I look forward to meeting all of you as I feel strong and trusting relationships are the key to a successful school. One of my passions is facilitating work to this end as we empower our youth to be all that they can be. My goal will be to keep the well being of our students in the forefront of our minds.
As we warm up for the new year, I’m just getting started in the office and have many, many faces to learn along with learning all about the culture, programs, and needs of Cornell students, staff, and families. You’ll notice that this first message is primarily just a warm ‘Hello’ from me to you and a wish to share my great enthusiasm in joining Cornell. Many of the day-to-day details are going to come along quickly and I promise to share them in my future news out to families. Please expect a regular weekly newsletter from me throughout the year. I so look forward to meeting folks at the Meet-and-Greet coming up on the 24th. For details, please look for the PTA mailer coming this week (8/20-8/22) from our wonderful 2014-2015 PTA board. Additionally, you should be receiving a phone call directly from our school between 8/20-8/21 and I will ask that if you do not, please let our office know sometime during the first week of school so that we can be sure your contact information is updated. This will be an important way for us to reach you with important information throughout the year.
This school year promises to be student-centered with a focus on the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of your child. As educational partners, we will each make a positive contribution toward the success of each Cornell student. Please look for me on campus and if you ever have any questions, concerns, or things to share, don’t hesitate to bring them to my attention. I am eager to support families and I would also love to hear from you about the many, many great things that happen every day. In addition to face-to-face, I can also be reached by email at hduncan@ausdk12.org. Please also be sure to meet our new office staff, Janet Scaglione (office manager), and Pat Pope (office clerk). These ladies are wonderful and together we want the office to be a helpful, informative, and welcoming place at Cornell.
Enjoy the last few days of summer! See you all soon.

With warm regards,
Mrs. Duncan, Principal Cornell

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Aeries Parent Portal and Back to School Information
Aeries Parent Portal opens August 11, 2014!
Update - emergency contacts, medical conditions, authorizations/prohibitions and student data confirmation.
See important information - Student Medical Insurance, Food and Nutrition Services, AUSD Polices and Annual Notice to Parents
Sunday, August 24 1-4pm: MEET AND GREET
The PTA is organizing an August Welcome Back Meet & Greet for new and returning families on Sunday, August 24th. This event will be held at Cornell and it will give kids and parents an opportunity to reconnect right before school begins on Tuesday, August 26. Our PTA will provide snacks. Look for summer mailer to come between 8/20-8/22.
Monday, August 25: KINDERGARTEN WELCOME
Kindergarten teachers welcome parents and children to come and meet the teacher and see their classrooms. Please join them from 11:00-11:45am.
Tuesday, August 26: FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
We look forward to seeing everyone back to school on Tuesday, August 26. Schedule for *first week (Tuesday, 8/26-Friday, 8/29) is below.

Kindergarten: 8:30-1:00, everyone is on early bird schedule
Grade 1-3: 8:30-1:45, minimum day/Wednesday schedule
Grade 4-5: 8:30-3:05 Tu/Th/F, Wed 8:30-1:40 (this is a typical week schedule)

*No school on Monday, September 1st in honor of Labor Day. Early bird/Late bird schedule begins on Tuesday, September 2nd. Our daily schedule can be viewed under OUR SCHOOL on the toolbar at the top of our website.

If you haven't seen them already, class assignments will be posted by 1pm on Sunday, 8/24 at our Meet-and-Greet event.
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