Welcome to winter! November is always a busy time around schools. Many of our fall extra-curricular activities are wrapping up and we are looking forward to basketball, yearbook and drama starting soon. We loved welcoming you into the school for parent-teacher-student conferences in October and you can expect progress reports to come home at the end of November.
We want to thank Leanne Deobald for her work in organizing and running the book fair during conferences; this fair raises important funds for our library and we couldn’t do it without her and the rest of our dedicated volunteers. We are also thankful to all of you who purchased gift cards through our Fundscrip fundraiser – we raised $2579.10 that will be integral to support field trips and extracurricular programming for the year.
We’ve done some updating to our website with the intention of making the calendar, most recent posts (including daily announcements) and Twitter feed with pictures easily accessible to you. Please check here regularly, as this will be our “hub” for communication. We welcome any feedback you might have on this.
We are excited to be continuing our work learning about family engagement as a staff and alongside our SCC. 6 members of the SCC, Ms. Funk, Ms. Baker and myself had the pleasure of attending the Growing Together SCC conference featuring Dr. Jody Carrington on October 26th. This session provided a wonderful opportunity to think about how we teach our kids the skill of emotional regulation. Please check out Dr. Jody’s work at http://www.drjodycarrington.com/ and let me or any member of the SCC know if you’d like to borrow a copy of her book “Kids These Days”.
As a teaching staff, we are continuing to dig into the concept of family engagement and are starting to think about the ways we might try some new ideas or tweak things that are already in place at our school, with the intent to tap into parent knowledge. Thank you to those of you who responded to our “Community Contributors” initiative during conferences. This was a huge success and we are looking forward to seeing how it can facilitate teachers bringing more of your voice into their classrooms. Teachers may be experts in the content they teach and the strategies they use to do that, but YOU are the expert on your child (and a gazillion other things!) – the closer we’re able to work together, the richer the learning will be.
Please always feel welcome to stop in the office and chat with Ms. Martin or I at any time. Have a great long weekend!