Principal's Monday Message

  • April 24, 2017

    Happy Monday Morning! Thank you for your support in attending Palmer’s PTO Annual Spring carnival this past Friday.  Hats off to the Palmer PTO Board Members, parent volunteers, and staff volunteers for putting together this event for students and the community to enjoy.

    Our District Reading Assessment (DRA) testing begins this week for students.  This test determines student reading level.  For kinder and 1st grade students, the end of the year reading level is one of the determining factors when making promotion decisions for students.  During the DRA testing, students are expected to read fluently and answer comprehension questions.  To help your child do his or her best on this assessment, please make sure he or she is getting an adequate amount of sleep at night.  When students are tired, it affects their participation level in school. 

    This Wednesday is Administrative Professionals’ Day and we are recognizing and thanking our front office staff members Clair, Barbara, Abby, Mallory, and April, for all that they do to keep our school running efficiently.


    This Thursday our second grade students will perform, The Missing Tart at 6:00 pm.  We hope that all second grade parents are able to attend the program.  We will have a repeat performance on Friday at 8:45 am.


    If you purchased a 2016-2017 school yearbook, it will be distributed to students May 30th-June 1st.  We have ordered only 30 additional yearbooks for purchase and they will be sold on a first come basis.  Sending a huge thank you to our Yearbook Coordinator, Mrs. Carolyn Jones, for putting our yearbook together.  It would not have happened without you!  If you are interested in becoming the 2017 Yearbook Coordinator, please send me an email. 


    Save the date.  May 1st-May 5th is Teacher Appreciation Week.  One way to show your appreciation is to email me a note explaining why you appreciate your child’s teacher or outclass teachers, including Mrs. Boullion, Mrs. Alderete, Coach Simmonds, and Mrs. Alvarado.  Your note will be read during the morning announcements.  Please participate and begin to send your note to  I will gladly accept your notes starting today, April 24th through May 1st. I am excited that I have already received a few emails from parents expressing their appreciation.  


    We have two weeks remaining until our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders tackle the STAAR.  Please know that we are heavy into STAAR testing preparation.  You may see homework or classwork that is similar to STAAR.  This is to ensure that our students are ready to tackle the test.     Remember STAAR testing begins May 8th and ends May 10th.  Keep in mind there will be no campus visitors at this time, including eating lunch with your child.  Your cooperation and support during this critical time of the year is appreciated.   


    We have several Palmer Bears who represent Girl Scout Troop 28308 and they are hosting a donation drive to provide much needed supplies to Salvation Army.  Their donation box is set up in our front lobby area.  Please consider donating items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, disposable razors, first aid supplies, laundry detergent powder, baby supplies, bath soap, and shower gel.  Not only will you be assisting Salvation Army, but you will be helping our Palmer Bears earn their community service badge.  The drive will be held from April 21st through May 13th. Please drop off your donations during school hours.  

    If you have a question, concern, or just want to share information, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Don’t forget to submit your appreciation note and have a good week.  

    Mrs. Clay, Principal

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