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Landmark Elementary•Middle School

Elementary•Middle School Calendar

Week of July 14, 2019

Time Sunday 7/14 Monday 7/15 Tuesday 7/16 Wednesday 7/17 Thursday 7/18 Friday 7/19 Saturday 7/20

rob kahn head of landmark elementary middle schoolWelcome

As the start of the 2019­–2020 school year nears, the EMS campus is busy on several fronts. Our facilities team has been hard at work maintaining, cleaning, and upgrading the buildings and grounds, while outside contractors have also been completing many projects: painting, connecting generators, and installing whiteboards in our elementary classrooms to name a few. Days after the Summer Program concluded, our scheduling team reconvened and has been hard at work planning student groupings, tutorial classes, and teaching assignments for September.

The excitement of assembling classes for incoming students is an annual joy. Not only does it offer a glimpse at how our 100 returning students are growing ("Can she/he really be in eighth grade?"), but it also reminds us that 61 new students will be experiencing their first full school year at EMS. Educators look at every September as a new beginning, but for our new arrivals, we’re keenly aware of the mixed emotions that they bring to this special fresh start at a new school. Many are eager to come to Landmark based on their tours, admission interviews, or previous summer sessions. Yet many are also consciously or subconsciously wary of any school environment, based on understandable past history. We know all our students are experiencing some level of change, but for those just joining Landmark, we feel a special responsibility to make their early days with us reassuring and welcoming. We want them to quickly feel this is their school, that the teachers understand who they are as learners, and the returning students represent a welcoming peer group for all.

Our theme at EMS this year is Preservation Is Progress, a thought that flows from the teaching principles that have characterized Landmark’s educational philosophy for nearly 50 years. With all that has changed in that time, our belief is that a school community that meets students at their particular level, builds skills in logically sequenced increments, and incorporates success-oriented, metacognitive learning is essential to our mission. We want to preserve that philosophy for every incoming class, producing an atmosphere sensed by all our students, returning and new, as we get ready for a great year.




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• Used Coat Drive 

Cleaning out your coat closet? We're collecting gently used children and adult coats to be shared with people in need. Anton's Cleaners collects the coats, professionally cleans them, and distributes them to several local nonprofit organizations. Bins are available in the lobby.

• Gift & Toy Drive

As is our annual tradition, we're collecting NEW gifts such for Wellspring House. Suggested items for their Holiday Store include: toys, dolls, games, sports equipment, art supplied, gift cards, books, and clothing. On Friday, December 6, students from EMS will be helping Wellspring organize the gifts for their store. Permission slips will be given in advance for interested volunteers.