From the Principal's Desk

August 2023

Dear Kolb Elementary Families,

I am thrilled to introduce myself as the incoming Principal of Kolb Elementary School. My name is Sheri Maher, and I am honored to be joining this incredible community of students, parents, and educators. Although I am new to the Building Principal role, I am beginning my 24th year of service working for Ridgeland School District 122, with 10 years working at Harnew Elementary School as a classroom teacher, and 13 years at the District Office in the curriculum department.  With a heart full of enthusiasm and dedication, I am eager to work collaboratively to foster a nurturing and inspiring learning environment for every young mind that walks through the doors of Kolb School. 

I am equally excited to introduce Mr. Jeff Summers, who will be joining us as the Assistant Principal. Together, Mr. Summers and I are committed to ensuring that each student's academic journey is not only enriched with knowledge but also enriched with a strong sense of belonging and emotional well-being. Our school's mascot, the tiger, symbolizes strength, courage, and the pursuit of excellence – values that we aim to instill in our students as they grow and learn.

At Kolb Elementary, we are proud to embrace Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to create a respectful and inclusive learning atmosphere. This year, our PBIS theme "Outer Space" will launch us on a stellar journey, encouraging students to reach for the stars in their behavior, interactions, and contributions to our school community.

I look forward to seeing all the students back on the first day of school, August 18th. The first day is a half day for students in Grades 1 to 5 beginning at 8:50am and ending at 12:10pm.  In addition, all kindergarteners will attend Kindergarten Orientation with their parents on August 18th from 9:30-10:30a.m.

We are excited to invite all Kolb Elementary families to mark their calendars for the upcoming Open House event, scheduled for Thursday, August 31st, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. This event presents a wonderful opportunity for parents, guardians, and students to familiarize themselves with our school environment, meet our dedicated educators, and gain valuable insights into the upcoming academic year.

Thank you for entrusting us with the privilege of shaping the hearts and minds of your precious children. I am truly looking forward to an enriching and rewarding school year ahead!

Warmest Regards,

Principal Sheri Maher

Kolb Elementary School

Principal Maher and Assistant Principal Summers getting to know Kolby!