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    Post-Boundary Welcome Letter
    Posted on 01/10/2019

    January 10, 2019

    Dear Magnolia Elementary Students and Family Members,

    I am so excited to welcome you all to our new school community! My name is Katie Cryan Leary, and I am your principal. I have been committed to the important work of Seattle Public Schools since 2001, leading as a principal for nine years at the middle school level before taking on a founding teacher and parent role in the creation of Queen Anne Elementary. I am also the parent of an 8th grade son who will be attending high school at Lincoln, also reopening next fall.

    Throughout my 24-year career as a public-school educator, I have been passionate about helping students become academically, socially and emotionally confident and competent learners. I want students to love school and leave my care eager to learn and inspired to make positive contributions to the world around them. In addition to strong academic skills, I believe we need to teach our students important social and leadership skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging, allowing them to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. I want our Magnolia Elementary graduates to head off to middle school with a deep understanding of what empathy, resilience, perseverance, compassion and courage feel like and know with confidence that they have the capacity to be all of these things.

    I am also passionate about connecting with parents to create a community of adults that learns and grows together as we work collaboratively to support our students. Our staff is committed to creating an environment that allows all members to feel they are significant and that they belong. Together, we will work to ensure that our school is enriched by differences and is welcoming and supportive, a place where children are actively taught to celebrate differences by adults who are committed to awareness of and education about diversity and equity.

    As I prepare to meet many of you soon, I look forward to the relationships we will develop with each other. I understand that some of you are preparing for this transition with mixed emotions, this new journey the result of a loss of a school community that you currently feel very connected to. Please know that, as your future principal, I am aware that this is challenging for both students and parents and that I am here to support you in this transition. The Lead Team of teachers I have hired to date will be working with me to co-create student and family transition plans, which we will be sharing with you soon and asking for your feedback. Always, we welcome you to share any ideas or thoughts you have with us.

    I hope that you will be able to attend our first community information night on Tuesday, February 5 from 6:30 to 8 at Catherine Blaine K-8! This first meeting will be targeted to an adult audience. We will be inviting your family to other community-building events that will be more welcoming for kids later this spring. If you are ready to start learning about our school before February 5th, you can check out our school profile page, which includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.

    I am confident that this journey will be an exciting one, and I feel so lucky to be given the opportunity to lead it. I look forward to learning, exploring, and dreaming with you.

    With excited anticipation,

    Katie Cryan Leary
    Magnolia Elementary Principal