Dear Parents:
 
It is with honor and great pleasure that I greet you as the new Principal of Fairfield Elementary School.  I hope this summer has been a relaxing one spent with family, friends, and loved ones. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Fairfield Elementary family. I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than twenty-three years. During this time, my experiences include teaching elementary, being a middle school assistant principal, an elementary school principal, and the principal of a middle school.  
 
As parents, you play a vital role on our team.  Greek Philosopher, Aristotle stated, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”  This quote has been used on multiple occasions to communicate the importance of synergy and teamwork.  Your involvement in your student’s education is critical to ensure their success and provide a memorable elementary school experience.  We encourage you to communicate with your student’s teachers and administration so that we will work together for the success of our students, our school, and our community.
 
The summer provides our faculty, staff, and administration the opportunity to prepare for a great school year.  We have been working collaboratively and diligently to ensure the academic, social, and emotional growth of our students.  Our goal is to continue to provide a positive educational experience, preparing our students to be life-long learners.  I take great pride in serving as your principal, and I look forward to a successful school year. 
 
Sincerely,
 
J. Kelly Holmes, Jr.
Principal
kelly_holmes@rockbridge.k12.va.us