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Principal's Message

Dear Brightwood Families,
Welcome to an exciting new school year at Brightwood STARs! As we embark on this journey together, I want to express my heartfelt enthusiasm and gratitude for your unwavering support. Last year was filled with amazing experiences and opportunities for our students, and I am confident that the 2023-2024 school year will bring even greater achievements.
I am thrilled to continue serving as the Principal of Brightwood Elementary School. Our dedicated team is committed to fostering a safe, inclusive, and nurturing environment where every student can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. In line with this commitment, we are focusing on social-emotional learning (SEL) and equity.
We recognize the importance of nurturing the whole child, and our social-emotional learning program will provide students with essential skills to manage their emotions, build positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Through engaging activities, meaningful discussions, and supportive resources, we will empower our students to navigate life's challenges and develop into confident and compassionate individuals.
Equity is at the heart of our daily work at Brightwood. We are dedicated to creating a learning community that celebrates diversity and ensures that every student has equitable opportunities, and support. We will continue to work diligently to eliminate any barriers that hinder students from reaching their full potential. We value and embrace the unique strengths and experiences that each student brings, and we are committed to providing an inclusive and equitable educational experience for all.
Together, let's work collaboratively to provide our students with the best opportunities to prepare them for their future endeavors. I value your input and ideas, and my door is always open for discussions. Feel free to call or email to schedule an appointment to share your concerns, suggestions, or thoughts on how we can make this year the best it can be.
As we look forward to the beginning of the school year, Alhambra Unified School District and I will provide detailed information to keep you informed about our programs, events, and important updates. Stay tuned for these communications, as they will provide valuable insights to help you and your child have a successful school year.
To our new families, a warm and enthusiastic welcome to Brightwood! We are excited to have you join our community, and we look forward to building meaningful connections with you and your children.
Remember, at Brightwood, our students are shining S.T.A.R.s—Safe, Trying, Accountable & Respectful! Together, let's foster a culture of social-emotional growth and equity, ensuring that every student thrives and achieves their full potential.
Thank you for your continued trust and partnership. Let's make this year an extraordinary one!
Yours in service,

Candace Griego


Brightwood Elementary School