Elmonica Elementary School
When you walk in the blue double-doors of Elmonica Elementary School, you are welcomed… in 28 different languages. The word borders the top of the main hallway. From English to Spanish, Chinese to Arabic, a few summers back, a parent hand-painted the greetings. It's exactly what Principal Cynthia Lam Moffett wants visitors, parents and the school's 595 students to feel when they walk through the doors.
Moffett says the school is working toward becoming an International Baccalaureate Primary Years School. The curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. The candidacy application process takes about two years to complete. This year, the students are working on being "internationally minded."
The story behind the name:
When the Oregon Electric Railroad was being built in 1908, a landowner gave the company right-of-way only if they would name the station that would be built on his land after his two daughters, Eleanor and Monica.
Elmonica School opened in the fall of 1980. The school's first principal was Donald Dunbar.