John Baldwin Elementary School

Principal's Message

Feb. 21, 2018

John Baldwin Community,


Greetings from not-so-sunny Phoenix, Arizona! While I will miss seeing the students and community of John Baldwin this week, I am very excited to be able to participate in a special professional development opportunity. Ms. Tapfer, Mrs. Candelaria, Mrs. Kolokithas and I are attending a response to intervention conference, along with 2,300 educators from around the country, to learn about best educational practices and to further explore how we can provide all of our students, including those below, at, and above grade level standard, an opportunity to master essential grade level standards in math and language arts. We are looking forward to sharing our learning with the entire JB staff.

Please note in this week's Cougar Weekly important information regarding open PTA board positions. We have a number of essential positions that are pivotal in further growing our John Baldwin parent/teacher community. I know that the current volunteers are eager to train new board members so that the wonderful work of our JB PTA continue.

Also, please note the invitation to attend a special Parent Education opportunity below. We have received positive feedback from parents that have attended in the past!

Thank you, as always, for your continued partnership in your child's learning!


Feb. 14, 2018

John Baldwin Community,

Over the next several weeks you might notice that your child's teacher, as well as the teacher's grade level colleagues, are out of the classroom for a full or half day of ...more

Feb. 7, 2018

John Baldwin Community,

This week, across our district, we acknowledge Words Matter Week. The message conveyed to students is that words can build people up, but can also very easily bring people ...more

Jan. 31, 2018



Calling all John Baldwin Students, 1st through 5th grades,

This is an opportunity to build a bridge with 100 craft sticks!

  • Connect the sticks any way you want.
  • You ...more

Jan. 24, 2018

John Baldwin Community,

We can use your help if you pick up students via car at the front of our school. Since implementing a few changes to our pick-up procedures earlier this year, our staff that ...more

Jan. 10, 2018

John Baldwin Community,

Happy New Year! I hope that you were able to enjoy some quality time with your family over break. The Romagna family stayed local and enjoyed quite a few day trips, including ...more

Dec. 13, 2017

John Baldwin Community,

Last week, El Verano Elementary School from the Sonoma Valley Unified School District visited our campus to observe our reading and writing instruction. Their principal and ...more

Dec. 6, 2017

John Baldwin Community,

At our last School Site Council meeting the topic of the number of solicitations for resources and donations made towards our parent community was discussed. The conversation ...more

Nov. 29, 2017

John Baldwin Community,

I hope that you were able to enjoy some quality time with your family over break. My wife, kids, and I were fortunate enough to be able to spend some time with my parents up in ...more

Nov. 15, 2017

John Baldwin Community,

Last week, our third-grade students introduced our next school wide character trait: Gratitude. This theme will carry over into the month of December as well. During their ...more

Nov. 2, 2017

John Baldwin Families,

On Wednesday, November 1st, our staff took advantage of our site professional development day to tackle a number of important topics. With the late release of state assessments ...more

Oct. 26, 2017

John Baldwin Community,

When I turn on the I notice myself starting to cringe in anticipation of what I am going to hear about globally, nationally, and even locally. To provide a little beacon of ...more

Oct. 18, 2017

John Baldwin Community,

Over the past several weeks we have had the privilege of hosting staff developers from Columbia University's Teacher College to work with our TK-2nd grade and 3rd through 5th ...more

Oct. 11,2017

John Baldwin Community,

In October, our district recognizes several important initiatives, including Dyslexia Awareness Month, Abilities Awareness Week, and National Bullying Prevention Month. Our ...more

Oct. 5, 2017

John Baldwin Community,

Last Thursday night the Baldwin team felt like we had just won the World Series and Super Bowl when Marissa Ware was announced to have been selected as Teacher of the Year by ...more

Sept. 27, 2017

Dear John Baldwin Community,

In this week's installment of the Cougar Weekly you might note a plug for some of our Season of Enrichment activities. Season of Enrichment is an award-winning PTA program ...more

Sept. 20, 2017

Baldwin Families,

Next Monday we are going to introduce a modified car pick up procedure for 1st through 5th grade students at John Baldwin. Your classroom teacher will be sending home a colored ...more

Sept. 12, 2017


Show us how you can hang loose and share some aloha spirit for our PTA Family Dance on Friday, September 15th, with our first Spirit Day of the year! On Friday, September 15th, ...more

Sept. 7, 2018

John Baldwin Families,

Starting next Monday, we will be introducing a new student leadership group called the Safety Patrol. This team of 4th and 5th grade students will be assisting students during ...more

August 31, 2017

John Baldwin Families,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your time and generosity with our fall registration. So far, 430 of our 534 students have registered online. Additionally, our school ...more

Aug. 23, 2017

John Baldwin Families,

It has been wonderful to see many of you at our first two Back to School Nights (both last week and this past Monday evening). Our final Back to School Night is this Wednesday, ...more

Aug. 17, 2017

John Baldwin Families,

Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year! I am hoping that I get the opportunity to see you at one of our three Back to School Nights: TK, K on August 16th, 1-2nd on August 21st, and ...more

August 14, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 School year! The staff is excited and eager to see our students return. I hope that I have the opportunity to see you at one of our three Back to School Nights! TK and K will ...more

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