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Principal's Message

Dear Quailwood Friends & Families;

Welcome “Back” Cougars. We have an exciting adventure awaiting us this 2020-21 school year and I cannot wait to begin it with you!  As we continue on this new Distance Learning journey together, I have to say, I couldn’t be more proud of the staff and students of Quailwood. We rallied together at the end of 2019-20, finding inventive ways to continue school, assemblies, and celebrations.  A huge shout-out to our amazing Cafeteria Staff and the many teachers, aides, and volunteers who helped serve meals over the summer. As essential workers, their commitment to preparing and serving breakfast and lunches every day was amazing.  Covid19 has nothing on us!  Although we cannot start this new school year face-to-face, I can assure you that the teachers and staff of Quailwood have been working very hard preparing lessons, learning all about Canvas, the new teaching platform, and attending webinars and training to make this year a rigorous and successful one for our students. 

We embark on this journey missing Mrs. Finley, who celebrated her retirement from Fruitvale after 25 years of teaching 1st grade.  She will be dearly missed, but we know she’ll be back to support and help her Quailwood Family.  We also say goodbye to Mrs. Nichols, or Speech Teacher. Mrs. Nichols left her mark on Quailwood with her desire to reach every student she worked with. We wish her the very best as she embarks on her new adventure.  We welcome Alyssa Martinez, our new Speech Teacher and know she will love the Quailwood family. 

This year, the Fruitvale School District is excited to implement a new reading process called Walk to Learn. This intensive approach to teaching reading will benefit all our students in Kindergarten-6th. This is a data driven approach which will begin even during Distance Learning. This approach will be crucial in helping us mitigate learning loss, not only from Covid, but also that age-old “Summer Slide”.  

We also begin this year with a new Parent Communication System, called “ParentSquare”.  This is a well-researched and effective communication tool that the Fruitvale School District will use for consistency and prompt alerts, notifications, and messages. In this time of uncertainty, communication will be key, and we believe this to be a very user-friendly tool.

Let’s work hard together to make up for lost time. I ask you to partner with us by helping your child set good work habits, attendance habits, and organize their time and work space.  This is new for everyone, both teachers, parents, and students.  Let’s remember to show grace, kindness, and patience to one another.  By working together, we can ensure a successful year for our kids. 

Best wishes & Go Cougars!

Mrs. Olinger


*Relationships before Rigor, Grace before Grades, Patience before Programs, Love before Lessons*