• Dear Families of James Monroe Elementary School,

    On behalf of the staff at James Monroe Elementary, it is my pleasure to welcome you to a new and exciting school year. For those of you whose children have attended our school in the past, we are so glad to have you returning. For those of you whose children are just entering Monroe, we are pleased to have you as a part of our school community.

    I know from meeting with teachers, parents, community members, and from my year as the Assistant Principal, that Monroe is a school committed to excellence. Academic achievement, character development, commitment to safety, and a sense of belonging and community are clearly high priorities at Monroe.

    As a member of our community, you are always welcome to visit our campus, meet our staff, volunteer, and find out what makes Monroe such a great place to learn. The staff and I look forward to partnering with you in a variety of ways. Please consider volunteering—we will have new opportunities this year, including Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students), in addition to the many activities coordinated with our PTA. Of course, volunteering in your child’s classroom is always appreciated as well. Also, be sure to check our schedule for my monthly "Coffee with the Principal" chats, which will take place in our cafeteria. This informal conversation will provide you the opportunity to share your ideas and to discover more about the learning and activities that are happening around the school.

    Thank you for sharing your children with all of us here at Monroe and for trusting us to give them a first-rate education. I am honored and feel very fortunate to serve this school community, which is dedicated to supporting every child in growing academically, socially, and emotionally.

    Again, I want to welcome all of you to what we hope will be your best school year yet!

     --Heather Paddock, Principal