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Principal’s Message

September 2nd, 2019


Dear Parents and Guardians, 

We hope that you and your child have had an enjoyable summer and are ready for a wonderful new school year at Henry D. Ward Elementary School! Our goal is to make this an enjoyable and challenging year for WES students. Our theme this year is “ForWARD and UpWARD: Destination Excellence!” and we are committed to challenging our students to achieve excellence academically by providing enriching and engaging instruction. The Henrico Learner Profile with its emphasis on teaching students to Collaborate, be Critical and Creative Thinkers, Global Citizens, demonstrate Quality Character, and be effective Communicators will drive a lot of our learning and teaching this year. We will continue to incorporate STEAM into our instruction Through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) projects, our students will continue to learn the traits of perseverance and determination as they work to solve real world problems through authentic learning experiences.

Ward will also continue to offer STEAM as a separate resource class for the 2019-2020 school year in addition to the traditional resource classes of Art, Music, Library, and P.E. We opted to keep this resource class one more year as we simultaneously move forward with plans to incorporate a STEAM instructional focus in our classrooms. We are looking forward to continuing to offer this resource to our students for this final year!

We will continue to facilitate a school wide, multi-grade level STEAM project this year by working with our students, teachers, parents, and the larger community to create an outdoor classroom for our students! We worked on planning the projects for our outdoor space last year with students and will execute Phase I of our outdoor space this school year! We cannot wait to collaborate with our school community to make our outdoor classroom a reality!

We also continue to challenge our parents this year to get involved by participating in our Ward Strong Parent Honor Roll! This will be a point based system where parents can earn points for attending various school events and simply getting involved. Also, Ward will be starting a Parent Advisory Committee this year to ensure that we are hearing the voices of our parents. Parent Advisory will meet quarterly to discuss updates on Ward and ways to continue to help our school achieve excellence in all areas. If you are interested in learning more about Parent Advisory, sign-up to attend our introductory meeting that will take place at the start of the school year.

Additionally, we are excited to offer clubs and school teams again this year for 3rd-5th grade students! Beginning in the fall, students may have the opportunity to sign up and participate in clubs such as Art, Gardening, and STEAM and join school teams such as basketball, cheer team, and dance team!

I am looking forward to working with the wonderful students of Ward Elementary School, fantastic parents and community members, and our talented faculty and staff this school year to “build success” at Ward.


Yours in Education,

Dr. Tiffany Chatman

Proud Principal of Ward Elementary School


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