From the Principal

Dear Parents,

My name is Mr. Kevin Kelly and I am joining the Philadelphia Primary School staff as principal for the 2020-2021 school year. I am also the director of ENL/ELL for the Indian Indian River School District. I am excited and honored to be the principal of Philadelphia Primary School, a community based school with a team environment. 

Thank you for your support and for preparing your students for school on a daily basis whether they are heading to the school bus to attend in person or if they are attending via computer sitting at the kitchen table. Since March, school sure looked different and come September, we still will have many opportunities to learn in a safe environment. We may have a different model(s) for learning but please know you have my support as a listener. 

First, I have an open door policy. Please make an appointment if you have a question or concern. You are also welcome to call the school or send an email. I will respond quickly. Please find  contact information at the bottom of this letter.

Secondly, Indian River will be opening in September. I ask that all review the 2020-2021 Reopening Plan at Within the Reopening Plan, it states the many needs to communicate for information, as well as for instructional purposes (Google Meet/Classroom). The plan outlines this information for parents, as well as students.  Keeping these lines open will better help with the processing of information and academics at Philadelphia Primary. The school will send out information via website, Facebook, Peachjar, others, etc. 

There will be many challenges across the board for everyone. However, I want to remain cautiously optimistic that with proper planning, ample time to prepare and with clear expectations, the challenges will transition to success stories. However, I want to be sure all know that we at Philly are here to maximize resources to help in ways that we can to support students and families. From social and emotional support to technology and academics, we are on your side. I know personally that it all starts with positive relationships. Please consider the staff at the school your partners. 

Thank you to everyone for remaining strong since March. This closure attached to summer has not been easy. We will move forward together. The only “I in team” is (“I”R-Indian River). Stay safe and stay well.


Mr. Kevin T. Kelly
Principal, Philadelphia Primary School/ELL Director
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