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    Dear Families:

    Every year following the start of school, the Seattle School District assesses the district’s actual enrollment. Unfortunately, for the 2018-19 school year enrollment is significantly lower than anticipated.

    The outcome is that the district needs to move educators from schools with lower enrollment to schools that need additional teachers.

    It is with a heavy heart I have to announce that Whittier Elementary School is one of the schools identified as having a lower enrollment. Our student enrollment came in 24 less students than what we projected and planned for in the spring. With that said, we have been asked to reduce our staff by one teacher. We know that staffing adjustments are disruptive and frustrating for staff, families and students, but I know our Wildcat community will be able to work together to provide support during this transition.

    Tracy Anderson, a wonderful first grade teacher will be moved to assist another school. Ms. Anderson is moving because she has the least seniority based on the Seattle School District formula. We are very sad to lose her and are prepared to support her with her new role in the Seattle School District. We will also work with Ms. Anderson’s first grade students and families as they build their community and welcome a new teacher.

    In order to fill the above vacancy, we are working to reconfigure Ms. Barret’s second-grade class. Ms. Barrett will be the new first grade teacher and her students will be redistributed in groups to Ms. Smart’s, Ms. Mayo’s, Ms. McGrath’s and Ms. Leming’s classrooms. This reconfiguration will still provide us with manageable class sizes in the second grade. Three classes will top out at 24 and one classroom will be 25.

    If your child is impacted by this move, you will receive direct communication from the school letting you know of your child’s new teaching assignment. Out of respect for Ms. Anderson, and so that all kids are transitioned at the same time and in the same way, we ask that you allow us to communicate this change with the students. On Friday, September 28th we will introduce students to their new classroom communities. On Monday, October 1st, students will start in their new classroom.

    I want to thank you in advance for helping me manage this situation. I will be hosting coffee in the library on Monday after drop off to be available for questions. In the meantime, please let me know if you have any concerns and thank you for your support. Below, I have inserted a link to provide you with additional information.

    http://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/staffing_adjustments

    Principal Clark