Principal's Welcome

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    Dear Families,

    Welcome to Dows Lane Elementary School! This is where your child’s journey begins!  At Dows Lane, we understand that childhood is a journey where the needs and interests of our students are at the heart of all teaching and learning.  At Dows Lane we honor students’ learning, their special talents, and their innate curiosity. Our students are provided with a joyful, yet academically rigorous elementary education.  We nurture the whole child and tend to their social emotional learning through character building, habits of mind, and mindfulness.

    Students are greeted each day with a morning message that resonates through all classrooms and learning spaces, “At Dows Lane, we are a respectful and kind community. We do our work with pride, persistence, and cooperation each and every day. Make it a great day Dows Lane!  The choice is yours!” This message is the foundation of all that we do!

    Dows Lane gathers families as part of a special community.  We value the role of our parents and welcome involvement through visits to school (guest reader, garden program, writing celebrations, Eyes on Art, class trips, etc.) and school based partnerships (PTSA, IEF, PAC, Site Based Committee, etc.).  This home-school connection is extremely important.

    We have wonderful programs as part of daily instruction, as well as enrichment experiences through clubs and grants that foster innovation, creativity and curiosity.  Throughout your child’s four years at Dows Lane, we know they will each have wonderful opportunities to learn and grow together.

    We know that you will love Dows Lane as much as our students and staff do!  We strive for excellence and nurture with love. From our hearts to yours, welcome!

    My best,
    Deb Mariniello

    Photo of Dows Lane Principal, Deborah Mariniello