Principal Newsletter

From the desk of Mrs. Sharon O’Toole

November 7, 2018

Dear St. Walter Family,

I am excited to share with you that SWS is one of five schools on the southside in the Archdiocese that is piloting the i-Ready Assessments for students in Kindergarten, first and second grade. These diagnostic assessments will provide valuable data in reading and mathematics to teachers along with targeted lesson plans. Reading focuses on phonological awareness, phonics, high-frequency words, vocabulary and comprehension. Mathematics focuses on numbers and operations, algebra and algebraic thinking, measurement and data and geometry.

Students will have access to weekly personalized digital instruction based on their performance, where they can work independently to meet identified gaps and achieve their personalized learning goal. The digital lessons are presented in a fun, interactive way, and can be completed in the computer lab or on the iPads within the classroom. The first assessments will take place in mid-November.

We MUST HAVE a great turn-out for the Community Meeting this evening at 6:30 in church. It is so very important that school parents and parishioners attend this meeting so we can show the Archdiocese that WE believe in our school. Parents will be asked to sign-in and you will receive a Dress Down Day pass for your child/ren.

There is nothing we cannot accomplish when we work together.  The Archdiocese needs to see and hear from you. They need to know that no one can break apart our family and we are willing to do whatever it takes to keep SWS, our family, growing and thriving for many years to come.

Most sincerely,

Mrs. Sharon O’Toole, Principal

Mrs. Sharon O'Toole - Principal

“My plans for St. Walter School  – to grow and move forward. Highlight the things we do well, improve on the areas that need attention such as resources, implement a clearly defined Continuous School Improvement Plan based on data from test scores and bring back a welcoming environment where everyone feels at home.”