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Welcome Back to Manila!

My name is Paul Finlayson. I have spent 13 years in the Alpine School District in various capacities and I am excited for the opportunity to be the principal of Manila Elementary and continue expanding the legacy you all have built as a community.

When I was appointed principal here, one of the first things I discovered was the mission statement of the school which, in part, says “…to create academically successful students and productive citizens”. This is a great goal that is absolutely attainable for each student. We as a faculty and staff are committed to providing a nurturing and safe environment where students can be involved in the discovery of their full potential.

I invite you to come and spend some time on our campus with your students. One of the greatest influences on the academic success of your student is the amount of involvement you have in their daily activities at school and at home. Read to them and have them read to you. You will be amazed at what will happen when you give your student 10-15 minutes a day.

Again, I am excited to be here. We have a great school and I am looking forward to getting to know your students throughout the year. Please contact me if I can do anything to make your student’s experience at Manila Elementary the best it can be.

Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                                                      Paul Finlayson, Principal