My theme for the 2014-2015 school year is, ‘A community based- quality driven- student centered school.’ Webster defines a community as a ‘unified body of individuals; people with common interests living in a particular area.’ Each family in this community has its own particular interests. Each parent is the personal cheerleader for his or her child. Our area of unified common interest is the students of Gideons Elementary School. It is imperative that our community embraces the idea of doing whatever it takes to ensure the academic growth of our students. As a professional learning community, we are committed to working tirelessly to provide challenging educational opportunities for children each day. However, if we are to be successful, we need your help. You are an essential and unique part of our learning community. Collaboration with your child's teacher is the main ingredient for a healthy and successful year. Open communication is vital to ensure a successful home-school partnership throughout the year. Parent involvement is an important aspect of every child's education and is the primary factor in a students' success in school.