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Principal's Update and Coleman Connect - Sunday, November 12

Posted Date: 11/12/23 (7:30 PM)

         The Principal's Update and Coleman Connect 
Date: Sunday, November 12

Message from the Principal


As I think about all the things I'm grateful for, our amazing school community stands out the most. What makes Coleman so special? It's the people! We have wonderful students, families, and the best staff I've ever worked with. Greeting everyone every day brings me so much joy. Thank you for making Coleman a special place!

Thanksgiving break is just around the corner - gobble, gobble! School will be closed from Monday, November 20 to November 24. Keeping up with Coleman tradition, our Coleman PTO and Dad’s Group hosted the annual Turkey Trot, and it was a big success! A huge thank you to Robin Kamiya, Christine Barnard, Nick Stone, and our families who made the event possible. 

The funds raised during events like these support our students. 

Over the past two weeks, your students might have shared about fun challenges led by their teachers and Mr. Dave Nettell. To students, these challenges are like games, but it's important to note that Mr. Nettell has created activities to teach strategies that help students work together, communicate well, and have a growth mindset. He teaches them to make good decisions, think first, learn from mistakes, and more. Each class has a half day with Mr. Nettell in the fall and another in the spring.

Exciting news! This year, we're bringing the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) trucks to our campus for awesome Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning opportunities. Grades 2nd - 5th will have at least three sessions this year. Our goal is to make STEM come alive through hands-on learning experiences!

For TK, Kindergarten, and first grade, Nicole Breznak, a former teacher, will lead weekly Garden Science classes. This is the first year we're using our garden behind the grass field. It's a great chance for students to learn while getting their hands dirty. A big thank you to our Dad’s Group for clearing the space last winter and spring. Families will have opportunities to help get the space ready for lessons.

Before the break, we suggest that your students visit the public library for some good books to enjoy. It's important that they keep practicing rainbow words, read for 20-30 minutes, work on numbers, and math facts. Most importantly, Thanksgiving break is a wonderful time for students to spend with their families and share what they're thankful for this year.

Wishing you all a fantastic Thanksgiving break filled with joy and gratitude!

Important Dates and Updates 


Coleman Connect:


11/12/23 Coleman Connect 


Coleman Elementary School
800 Belle Ave
San Rafael, CA 94901