Dear Peralta Families and friends,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2021-22 school year at Peralta Elementary. My name is Kristi Batchelder, and I am extremely excited to introduce myself as the new Principal at Peralta Elementary. I have been a teacher and principal in Jurupa Unified School District for the last 21 years and have heard many wonderful things about our Panda family. I look forward to welcoming students back to in person instruction and my goal is to ensure that all of our students are healthy, happy, and safe so they may learn as much as they can.
We are excited to share many opportunities for growth, exploration, and collaboration as students embark on the journey of the year ahead. We will embrace a mindset to accelerate learning and partner with staff, families, and the community to help our students succeed and build towards a strong and bright future. I know that through our hard work and support for one another, this year will be a successful endeavor.
I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our children. We will accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for all students and providing supportive systems to assure they are met. Teachers will continue to collaborate around building instruction of the Common Core Standards and communicate with you regarding student progress, so necessary intervention and enrichment can be offered. As Peralta Pandas, we will also continue to build our Positive Behavior/Social Emotional Learning Program to ensure we guide students with skills as well as grace, patience, and understanding upon transitioning back to in person instruction. With knowledge and practice of social skills to help students meet learning expectations, success can be achieved by all.
Peralta students in grades K-6 will continue to build their technology skills using Chromebooks daily as a way to enhance their learning, connect with their world, and meet 21st century expectations for success. Students in Grades 2-6 will take the devices home nightly to extend their learning opportunities beyond the school day. It will be essential to remind students to use these tools for academic support, balance their time on and off of technology, and to demonstrate digital citizenship when using their tech tools. We will further enhance the rigor of instruction by continuing to take steps forward as an AVID Elementary. Our school culture and instructional practices will emphasize preparing students to be college and career ready; assisting students in the development of organizational & notetaking skills as well as other strategies; guiding them along the road towards a successful future.
Great success at any school does not happen without a team effort. We invite you to become an active participant in our school community.. Throughout the year, you will be receiving announcements of upcoming meetings, parent-teacher conferences, events, etc. I ask that you please be a part of the Peralta school community and that you support our school by attending these important functions. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children's success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child's learning by ensuring that he/she:
1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
2) Completes any/all homework assignments given by teachers
3) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
4) Practices basic math facts as a foundation for learning
5) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life
6) Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school
7) Understands the importance of maintaining good character and integrity at all times
We will make communication a top priority and invite you to partner with us as we absolutely can grow stronger together. Please sign up with your student's teacher to participate in class dojo and look for Peralta information on our website and social media to stay up to date. I look forward to working with our remarkable staff, involved parents, and committed students in the year ahead. The wonderful Peralta staff and I feel privileged to be a part of this school family. We thank you for your support and look forward to meeting you. If you have any questions, please contact the school at (951) 222-7701 during our regular office hours.