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August 1, 2022

Greetings Knolls Families,

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! I hope you enjoyed a summer break filled with fun, rest, time with loved ones, and things that bring you joy! My name is Dr. Jill Craft and I am the new principal here at Knolls Elementary. This is my 22nd year as an educator in the Simi Valley Unified School District. I taught at Sycamore Elementary from 2001 to 2016 (3rd through 5th grades), and for the last six years I coached/supported nearly 200 beginning teachers across our district, all the way from JK/TK through high school and adult education. I have also been an SVUSD parent as my children attended schools in our district. I am honored and grateful to begin this journey with you as a part of the Knolls community! 

Knolls is beginning its sixth year of specializing in Project-Based Learning (PBL) schoolwide. This instructional strategy allows students to develop critical thinking, problem solving, time management, and collaboration skills. Essentially, PBL allows students to take ownership of their learning. Our teachers will continue to serve as facilitators of knowledge who help students problem solve and think critically. Knolls’ PBL Academy approach focuses on real-world meaningful challenges that are incorporated throughout the academic curriculum. This helps students to see the connections between their academic learning and the world around them in order to apply what they have learned. Students who engage in PBL develop skills that are in high demand in both educational and workplace settings thus promoting success no matter the path they choose to take in the future!

School begins Wednesday, August 10, 2022! All students will begin their day at 8:00 a.m. and dismissal is at 2:09 p.m. In order to access your child’s class schedule, you will need to complete the data confirmation forms in Aeries. Directions for updating your child’s information in the portal can be found by clicking on this link: Aeries Parent Portal Directions. Families that complete this process for each student will be able to view their child’s schedule by logging into the Aeries Parent Portal on Tuesday, August 9th, starting at 5:00 p.m. If you need assistance logging into the Aeries Parent Portal, please call the Knolls main office at 805-520-6735. Staff members will be available on campus before school on August 10th to help students navigate the campus and find their classroom. 

As a parent, I recognize the importance of a strong home and school connection. By working together we can make sure your child’s academic, social, and emotional needs are met. All students are welcome here! The staff and I look forward to partnering with you to provide our students with an engaging, rigorous, and high-quality experience! 

Again, I want to welcome you to Knolls! I’m looking forward to a fantastic 2022-2023 school year with you! 

Warmest regards,

Dr. Jill Craft, Principal

Dr. Jill Craft, Principal
Dr. Jill Craft