Dear Staff:  
On behalf of the Dr. King Administration, we welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year.  I extend a hand of fellowship to our returning parents and especially to our newest members to the King Family.  I am excited about the teaching and learning that will be taking place this year, and I am excited about the opportunities for learning, personal growth and new experiences that we will discover together as we carry out our duties in the ‘Dr. King Way”.
This year, we will focus on building a stronger King community, both in and outside of our school doors. Academic performance is always the ultimate goal of every staff member at Dr. King, however, that first begins with strong and meaningful relationships that promote optimal engagement of our students through the assistance and support of our parents.  My goal is to join you in continuing to provide the best possible educational experience for your child.
This year, we have added Personalized Learning (PL) as another extension to our outstanding WIN Intervention Program. Additionally, we have partnered with Syracuse University in launching our school’s first STEM program at every grade level. We are proud of the successes we achieved last year, and I look forward to this being another stellar year as we work together to positively impact learning outcomes for every child.
My mission is to first seek to understand then to support the needs of the existing culture. I will always work to provide expanded opportunities for our students to acquire skills to become citizens in a global and every changing society. We can accomplish our goals for our children by working as a team and I have no doubt we will again achieve excellence in our academic growth. 
Have an outstanding school year.
Mrs. Andrea Ellis-Smith,
Proud Principal

 Best Regards,
rea Ellis-Smith, Principal
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN: Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communications
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY:  Master’s Degree in Education Leadership and Supervision
College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale, NY:  Master’s Degree in ESOL and Multicultural Education
Columbia University, Teachers’ College, New York, NY: Certificate of Coaching Credentials
Dr. King will again be a UNIFORM SCHOOL!
Parents, please begin to prepare for the 2017-2018 school year by purchasing your child’s school uniform(s).  As your new Principal, I will be communicating with you throughout the summer and working diligently to partner with various companies and community organizations to off-set the cost of our school uniforms.  This is a work in progress; therefore, it is important that you prepare early and ensure your child is ready for opening day, Wednesday, September 7th
Uniform Expectations: White, Black or Red Polo Shirts     Black or Khaki Shorts, Skirts or Pants
Open House and Kindergarten Orientation at Dr. King
 Save the Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 2:00-4:00PM
            School Opens: Wednesday, September  6th

Parents, We Need You!  ~ Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
Dr. King Elementary is forming an Executive School Advisory Committee (SAC).  This will be a parent group who will serve as the parent representative body who will vote on behalf of all parents when matters are presented at our monthly SAC meetings.  This 7-8 member team will work closely with the principal and SAC Chair personnel in the decision making process that will impact the school.  Please contact the front office of further details if you are committed as a parent representative.
PTO 2016-2017 Dates & Time: 9:30AM
~ 9/14, 10/12, 11/9, 12/14, 1/11, 2/15, 3/8, 4/12, 5/10, 6/14