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  • Angie EllenbeckerDear Adelaide Elementary Community,

    It is with great pleasure to introduce myself as the new principal of Adelaide Elementary School and join this amazing school community.  I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such persevering students, an extremely dedicated staff, and a supportive school community.  I feel very fortunate to be part of this school and to support the students and families. My official start date at Adelaide was July 1. Mrs. Heidi Smith, our Assistant Principal, and I are working together to ensure a smooth transition.

    I earned a Bachelor's in Education in Education from Saint Martin's College, a Master's in Education from Lesley University, and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification from Grand Canyon University. I  am a dedicated professional in the field of education for the past twenty-five years.  I have worked with students ranging in age from Kindergarten through 12th grade in a variety of roles.  I have served as a paraprofessional, classroom teacher, gifted education LAP/Title Interventionist, High School Dean of Students, and a K-8 Principal. My most recent position was as the Interim Principal at Silver Lake Elementary in FWPS.  I am thrilled to bring my skills as an Educational Leader to Adelaide Elementary School and work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success.

    I am excited to partner with Heidi Smith, our returning Adelaide Assistant Principal. Heidi earned her Bachelor's of Science and Master's Degree at the University of Puget Sound.  She completed her Principal Certification through the Danforth Program at the University of Washington.  Heidi has worked in Federal Way Schools for over 20 years as a Teacher, Instructional Coach, Literacy Development Teacher and is currently in her third year as the Assistant Principal at Adelaide.  She is excited to continue working with students and staff as we return to in-person instruction for students this fall.

    To our scholars, I cannot wait to meet you all! I hope that you are excited about this coming school year and that you are out this summer playing and reading tons of books with your family.

    Fall Re-Opening: Using guidance from OSPI and the Department of Health, we are planning for a safe return that prioritizes learning.  In accordance with Gov. Inslee and OSPI direction, we will be opening the year with full face to face instruction.  Please stay tuned for more information to come in the coming weeks.

    Health and Safety and Re-Opening:  Our scholars’  health and safety are priority. As we prepare for our face to face fall re-opening, our district is hard at work developing health and safety protocols which include social distancing guidelines, arranging schedules that minimize high traffic contact, considering bus transportation and engaging in deep cleaning protocols to minimize the spread of germs. As part of ensuring a safe learning environment, all scholars and staff will be required to wear face masks. Please take the time this summer to both reinforce and practice the wearing of face masks.  FWPS will continue to place health and safety as a priority as we look forward to welcoming our scholars back on September 1st. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

    Heidi and I whole heartily welcome your conversation and positive input throughout this year. As we work together, let us always keep our students the primary focus of our work. We look forward to celebrating our collective successes during the 2021-2022 school year.

    Enjoy the remaining days of summer!

    In partnership,

    Angie Ellenbecker

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