Albert Michelson Elementary

Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges grades TK-5.
WASC Accredidation
Dear Michelson Community,

I hope you are well. I ran into various folks this weekend, and they happily shared news about their kids playing baseball and other activities! I know you are all embracing a return to "normal."  I thank you for your continued cooperation, as we follow the guidance required to remain open. I am excited that same recess class cohorts will be allowed to play outside together beginning Tuesday, as we create new stable co-horts for outside play. The kids are really looking forward to reaching out to other peers outside of their class. They have done a great job, but have experienced some friendship fatigue. Some new opportunities to socialize and play will be most welcome!

I hope you enjoyed "The Road Back". If anyone needs an extra copy, please let me know. A huge THANK YOU to our Wintercreek benefactor who made the book project a reality for our District. We are very grateful for the foundation's generosity. It was so cool for me to see students' reactions to being included in a book. Two students burst in to tears, some were reading it at lunch and talking about other students' stories, and one looked at me and just said, "I am so glad we are back in school". I think we all echo that!

I continue to receive many questions about what are requirements for next year, and the only thing I can share is we will be following whatever guidance is required. The county has done a great job offering immunizations, so we just need to see what transpires over the next few months. If you have a chance to take a test on Wednesday between 3:15 and 4:15 up at Avery, those negative tests really help move our tier color down to less restrictive parameters.

This week is staff appreciation and I would just like to say THANK YOU to the amazing certificated and classified staff that have created the EXTRAORDINARY in a crazy and stressful year.  I will be forever grateful to you for making sure we took care of our kids.  I am so privileged to work with you, and am so inspired by you, each and every day.

For our fifth grade families, Mrs. Rocco and Mrs. Fleck are planning an IN PERSON graduation at Feeney Park on Wednesday, June 16 at 9:00 a.m. More information to follow! Reservations are required. Please send back the attendees' names when we send out the form next week.

For the last day of school, Field Day is in the works, and of course, we can't miss Chicken in a Barrel! More messages about Chicken in a Barrel (CIAB) to follow!

Be well, be happy, and please know we are so grateful to you for your on-going support and cooperation!

Take care,
Louise Simson
Principal/Assistant Superintendent
At Albert Michelson Elementary, we believe strongly in the home/school connection as a driver for our students' success.  Communication plays a huge role in creating a transformative learning environment.  Each week, the school emails a "News and Update" message in English and Spanish. If you are not currently receiving this regular email and would like to be added to the list, please contact and ask Mrs. Bergantz to add you to the list.  Michelson staff and teachers are just a phone call or email away.  Reach out to us and let us know how we can support your child in the best way possible!
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
—William Butler Yeats
Albert Michelson Elementary
196 Pennsylvania Gulch Road
Murphys, CA 95247
Telephone:  (209) 728-3441
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 329 Avery, CA 95224
Louise Simson
Principal/Assistant Superintendent
Judy Bergantz
Administrative Assistant
Call in Absence Line:
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