Donna Lesher

Elementary School Principal
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Welcome back Coyote Parents and Guardians to the 2022-2023 school year.  The first day of school is Tuesday, September 6, 2022.  Just like your child, I get excited about the start of school as each year marks a new beginning and presents opportunities for emotional and academic growth.    

This year we will Celebrate the Coyote Calling along with the positive traits implicit in the calling.  As always, our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and our Positive Behaviors, Interventions and Support Team (PBIS) are preparing for a special Coyote welcome and monthly celebrations.  For the first week of school, if possible, we ask that students come in their spirit ware or dress in green and white. 

The safety of your child remains a priority.  The district has two School Resource Officers who maintain daily security in the building and on the school grounds.  The officers also assist with drills and update us on best practices.  We have one fire drill each month along with one school safety drill.  These drills are mandated.  Your child’s teacher will prepare your child to appropriately respond to these drills.  After each safety drill, we announce an “all is safe” message to staff and students and then notify you of the type of drill that was held.   

We have several supports in place to address students’ emotional needs. Please watch for information from Ms. Mallory Zolinas, our guidance counselor, Ms. Emily Chau, our representative from Atlantic Care, and Ms. Heather Costello from the Youth Advocacy Program. 

The district has a very active and supportive PTA.  You will be receiving information about joining this worthwhile organization as they sponsor many daytime and evening events.  Please consider supporting the PTA by making a one-time contribution of $5.00 dollars. 

After Monday, August 22, 2022, please log into OnCourse and update your child’s/children’s information and acknowledge forms presented to you. 

We look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.  If you need assistance prior to September 21st, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. 


Donna M. Lesher, Principal