Letter from Principal Culbertson

Principal Gary Culbertson Dear Lacey Families:
Summer is over….at least for me….and we are in the midst of making sure everything is ready to go.  The hallways have a polished glean, teachers are in what was a silent building setting up their classrooms, putting up bulletin boards….and the buzz of excitement for the arrival of our students is clearly in the air.  The school may have a bit of a “carnival” look to it with strings of flags on our roof.  The reason is that our roof is undergoing major repair work.  We are hoping to have this work complete early this Fall, but weather may play into our time table.  
Over the summer we lost two of our classroom teachers as other adventures presented themselves to them and their families.  Kate Turek, who taught first grade has moved to Portland where her husband got his “dream job”.  We were very fortunate to have a veteran first grade teacher from Yelm apply.  We are pleased to welcome Mrs. Charbonneau and her consider talent to our already awesome first grade team.  Mrs. Dixon was returning to us after taking a year to finish her doctorate when a fabulous opportunity came her way to coach new teachers in Tacoma.  Again fortune shined upon Lacey and we were able to hire a veteran 2ndc grade teacher all the way from Florida.  We are thrilled to have Mrs. Petrich join the fabulous 2nd grade team.  For those that did not know, we also had a growth opening in 2nd grade and were able to snare Ms. Taft from Chambers Prairie Elementary school.  Once again, we were able to hire a veteran who can add her talent to the consider talent that already exists at Lacey.
As we left for the summer I promised everyone an update when we came back regarding our KCTS-9 Pathways to Excellence Award and when that might be airing.  Unfortunately, I do not have any further updates for you, other than they are busy editing and getting things set to go.  As soon as I have further information, I will be sure to pass it along to all of you.
Many wonderful changes are coming our way and I’ll update all of you as details become available.  Our library has received three separate grants, one spectacular one for technology.  Details to come.  We are also welcoming back WSECU as one of our Partners in Education and have a new and exciting partner in Mint Landscapes.  For those who used i-Ready at home last year, we are fortunate enough to be able to use it again this year.
Reminder to all that I have an open door policy but still recommend you make an appointment to guarantee my availability.  You can call Linda Gallivan at our front office (360-412-4650) should you need to set up an appointment.  I am excited about what I believe will be our best year yet at Lacey….and that’s pretty spectacular!  
Gary Culbertson