Lu Sutton is a respected California Distinguished School that creates an alliance between our dedicated staff, supportive families, and community partners in order to provide an excellent educational experience for ALL students with a commitment to fostering critical thinking, collaboration, communication skills, and creativity as the guiding principles that bind our learning community together.
There has been a lot of discussion lately questioning the benefits of homework in elementary school. After studying the research and listening to our community last year we modified our homework policy.
All Lu Sutton students are expected to read or be read to everyday. Reading comprehension is enhanced when an adult discusses what was read with the child. Some examples: What was the main idea? How was the problem in the story resolved? Do you agree with how the character behaved or what would you have done differently? What do you think is going to happen next? All Lu Sutton students should practice math concepts or math facts daily. This can be done with games, flash cards, following a recipe, figuring out the cost of dinner or how much tip to add. Reflex Math, Khan Academy, and Tenmarks are some fun web-based programs that you can access from home for extra practice. What you won’t see are packets of papers and worksheets coming home that need to be completed and turned in. If you do desire some practice sheets to work on with your child, please talk with your child’s teacher.
We realize you want to build a rich family life and that you have things you want to teach your children, whether it’s cooking, building things, or fixing cars we want you to have that time. Kids have passions they want to pursue as well, sports, music, dance, and scouting. At the end of the day, it’s about how you balance work, family, and educational goals and we don’t want to dictate how your family time is spent. You are your child’s first teachers, we are here to encourage and support you and your child. Let us know how we can help you and if you need some ideas!
SOME EXCITING CHANGES
This year we are thrilled to share the principal position. Bonnie will be at school on Tuesdays as well as Wednesdays or Thursdays. Jennifer will be Principal on the days Bonnie is not here and Literacy Coach the other days. Some background behind this change… For the past seven years, Lu Sutton has been part of a county-wide preschool to third grade grant to ensure all students are at grade level by third grade. We have focused on high quality teaching, academic intervention and alignment, family engagement, and a welcoming school culture. This year we will continue to go deeper with this powerful work. On the days Bonnie is not on our site she will be supporting all NUSD elementary schools with this same P3 grant work.
A LITTLE ABOUT BONNIE
I am happily beginning my seventh year as principal at Lu Sutton. Prior to here I was a principal for nine years in Sonoma County and a teacher for 15 years in Nevada County. I have two wonderful sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and five amazing grandchildren. My favorite pastime is to spend time with my family. I am passionate about our P3 grant and super excited to be sharing our work with the other NUSD elementary schools this year.
A LITTLE ABOUT JEN
I am very fortunate to call Lu Sutton my home away from home. There is a magic about our school that comes from our amazing community. Prior to my eight years at Lu Sutton, I taught in San Diego and was also a stay-at-home mom. When I am not working, I love relaxing with my incredible husband (my high school sweetheart) and two imaginative and rambunctious boys, ages three and nine. We love tending to our huge vegetable garden, running around at the beach, hiking in the woods, and playing at the grandparents’ home on the Russian River.
OUR EQUITY IMPERATIVE
We invite you to join us as we continue to nurture your children in our caring culture. Equity is a common thread throughout all our work. We provide meaningful school experiences so our students know they belong, have a deep sense of purpose, and feel successful. This is done through experiences such as Project Based Learning (PBL), Lucy Calkins writing, new Science curriculum, social-emotional development with Second Step and Hearty Kids, Maker Space, and Fun Fridays. Teachers will be using district rubrics to assess the college and career readiness skills of collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.
To hear more about all we are doing at Lu Sutton, please join us at Wednesday Community Time or come to one of our PTA, ELAC, or SSC meetings or stop by our office… the door is always open.
Set in the rolling hills of Novato, Lu Sutton Elementary boasts a beautiful campus with spectacular views of nature, a vibrant campus, and welcoming staff. We hope you’ll take the time to visit our community and see everything that Lu Sutton Elementary has to offer!