July 29, 2015
Dear Wateree Parents/Guardians:
We look forward to a great 2015-16 school year and are excited to have your child as a Wateree Elementary Cardinal! One of the best ways to have a successful school year is for us to keep the lines of communication open, so I wanted to let you know about an important issue that affects your child.
In past years, our school has been able to provide teacher names to students on Registration Day in order to help relieve anxiety and to provide families with as much knowledge about the upcoming year as possible before school starts. This year, however, we will not be able to provide teacher names on Registration Day, and I want you to be aware of it in advance of registration so that neither you nor your children will be disappointed in having to wait to find out who their new teacher will be.
Kindergarten enrollment at our school, and actually across the whole school district, is much lower than in previous years. This causes a domino effect in that, if there are fewer children enrolled, fewer teachers will be needed. In kindergarten, this also means that fewer teacher assistants might be needed; therefore, teachers/assistants might have to be transferred within the school or from one school to another. Until registration is completed on Wednesday, July 29, we will not know how many teachers we need in kindergarten and in some other grade levels where the enrollment has shifted drastically. Please know, however, that all students will be placed in classrooms by Thursday, August 13 when we have Meet the Teacher night. All students can find out their teacher names and tour their classrooms that evening. Meet the Teacher night is from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., and I look forward to seeing you there.
Thank you for your understanding. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Gail Stehle, Principal