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Principal’s Message

Date: May 18, 2012 Author: admin Categories: Principals Message

Hello BA Community.

We are midway through our state-mandated testing, and all is well. Thank you for your efforts to get children to school on time, well rested, and ready to shine!

Shanghai Schools Visit
I will be visiting schools in Shanghai, China May 11-18 as part of an exchange program with the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission. You may remember our two visiting Shanghai Principals Jenny Li and Lily Xu, hosted by BA/CMS families for 5 weeks last fall. Now Jenny and Lily will share their schools with CMS Principal Steve Kaufman and me, and we will also visit other schools in Shanghai and neighboring Hangzhou with a delegation of California principals in this California School Boards Association partnership. I expect to learn a great deal about Shanghai’s version of 21st Century Learning, and hope to share my insights with you when I return.

Welcome Principal Dina Conti
While I’m away, Dina Conti of Arundel School has graciously agreed to sit in as BA Principal-In-Charge. Dina’s excellent background includes her MA in Education Administration from SFSU, and experience as a substitute principal, a summer school principal, and teacher for several years. I know you will give her a big BA welcome when you see her. To contact Ms. Conti starting Friday, please call the school at 508-7307 to let Mrs. Eitel connect you, or email her at

Save the Date: Open House is Wednesday, May 23
5:30-6:30         Kindergarten and K/1 classrooms, Special Services, and Friendship
6:30-7:00         Mr. Triska’s Welcome & Shanghai Tidbits, and PTA Honorary Service Awards
7:00-8:00         1st – 4th Grade classrooms
**The Library Used Book Sale will be open in the Library during Open House, too!

Best wishes,
John Triska