Principal's Message

Welcome to Arbolita Visual and Performing Arts Academy!

I am so excited that you have chosen to reach out to Arbolita and eagerly anticipate you being part of our educational journey at here! Our school has been reconfigured into a transitional kindergarten through sixth grade school this year. We also have a new and exciting school focus--visual and performing arts! We have so many exciting instructional programs and parent involvement opportunities to share with you.

The staff at Arbolita shares a desire and commitment to provide our students with a 21st Century education emphasizing Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Communication. It is our goal for students to become lifelong learners who are responsible citizens, fluent readers, problem solvers, technologically aware and effective communicators prepared for college and careers.

By working together in a cooperative spirit we expect to achieve wonderful things for our students. The Arbolita staff embraces the qualities of a Professional Learning Community. Being a Professional Learning Community school means our teachers will be meeting regularly to discuss the performance of students; hold collaborative discussions of grade level planning; conduct Professional Development training; and review our expectations for student achievement and progress. Our goal is to seek the best in every child and create improvement in academics and student responsibility for positive behavior. Students and parents should continue to see increased academic rigor in our curriculum throughout the school year.

This year, as a new visual and performing arts academy, I am so excited to share with you our exciting plans for the year. We have a music director who will be teaching
music to all grades. Specifically in grades 2 and 3, our students will benefit from our Lang Lang grant and will spend two periods a week learning the piano in our brand new state-of-the-art piano lab. Students in grades 4-6 also have the opportunity to learn the piano. In addition, our 5th and 6th grade students can participate in our choir as well as learn how to play the ukulele. Our 3rd through 6th grades have the opportunity to participate in our Disney Musicals in Schools production after school. We are excited to continue to add in the arts and are excited to partner with the Kennedy Center in planning for a community involved in the arts.

We look forward to continuing in the partnership of involvement and support that we have experienced from parents and the community at Arbolita. It is our hope that our community and families continue enriching our our school and participates in school events during this school year.

Come stop by to say hello or have a tour! We would love to meet you!

Thank you for your support of Arbolita Elementary!

Jennifer McCully-Rodriguez, Principal