Principal's Message

Elias Ashton at his desk
Dear Madison Families,
 
We have reached the beginning of December and it seems that this strange and unusual school year is flying by at a rapid speed.  I was so pleased that we were able to keep some of our traditions alive last month with our virtual recognition of our veterans in lieu of our Veteran’s Day Assembly and the running of the Turkey Trot.  Congratulations to all our winners and all the support from our staff. 
 
This time of year also gives us time to reflect on the things we are thankful for during the current year.  Though that may seem difficult in the year 2020, we are truly fortunate to be members of the Madison community.  I am thankful for students being able to attend school.  Nothing gives me more joy than seeing their smiling faces and interacting with them daily.  I am also thankful for our staff at Madison.  We have some of the best teachers and support personnel in the world, who genuinely care about children and want nothing more than the best for each and every one of them.  Finally, I am thankful for the best parents and families in the area.  You all have been so patient and flexible as we attempt to navigate this unusual time and provide an education to your students. 
 
The month of December also brings with it cold temperatures and annual sicknesses.  Remember to bundle up prior to coming to school.  If you are in need of warm clothing, please let the office know.  I cannot stress enough the importance of being vigilant about monitoring your children prior to leaving the home.  If you have questions about symptoms, please call the office or the nurse for guidance.  It has been a rough few months with COVID at Madison.  I am pleased to see that our protocols and procedures have mitigated the exposures to simply exposures, and no one has contracted the virus from school.  It is important that we continue to maintain social distancing, wash/sanitize your hands frequently, and wear your mask.
 
I hope you have found the announcements on our school webpage informative.  If I am missing any topics that you would like addressed, don’t hesitate to give me a call.  Another great source of information is the Madison elementary Facebook page.  If you are not on our Facebook page, please request to be added.  We have a lot of great information on the page.  Our goal is continuing to keep the Madison traditions and school year events alive and thriving during this unique time.  We will have many of our events and meetings go virtual and adjust for ones that can take place with social distancing.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call, 541-888-1211, or email, eliasa@coos-bay.k12.or.us.
 
Warmest Regards,
 
 
Mr. Elias Ashton
Principal