Monday, April 17, 2017
Younger Kids News
Our final Parent/Teacher Conferences for the school year are rapidly approaching! Look for sign up sheets going up outside of our classrooms in the very near future. For this round, we will be preparing your child’s report card for the school year. We have been talking a great deal on our team about these report cards and the information that we are recording therein.
Like all student reports, your child’s report card will be divided into categories such as ‘Reading’, ‘Math’, ‘Writing’ and ‘Social and Emotional’. What we have been discussing on our team, however, is how interconnected all of these areas of focus are! You can not, for instance, assess a student’s growth in reading without taking into account her/his approach to worksessions and working one-on-one with adults. Similarly, you cannot assess how well a student is developing self confidence without looking at how successful she/he is with demonstrating independence or a willingness to ask for help when she/he needs it. Because of this, it is important to remember that your child’s teachers in partnership with your child are working on much more than just math during math worksessions and that play times outside are much more than just an opportunity to get the wiggles out! This is a big part of individualizing here at Rivendell.
Worksessions will get a large share of the conversation at conferences and there is good reason for this. Your child, with our guidance, is working on so many different things during these core academic times. Your child is learning how to responsibly complete work, how to follow a process, how to attend to the task at hand and how to fix mistakes. Your child may be working on developing their skill levels to match their knowledge in a certain content area, or perhaps she/he may be working on the opposite. On a sheet of addition problems, your child may be challenged by writing the numbers the right way or even holding her/his pencil appropriately. Every student we have is unique in the challenges she/he faces and in the ways in which we celebrate them as learners and people. We look forward to sharing your child’s individual story with you at conference time!
Last week was our final week exploring Immigration and the Industrial Revolution here at school. This week we will begin our new unit under the umbrella of Ponds, Rivers, Fish and Amphibians. Our unit will start with an examination of watersheds. Our students will learn what this word means and how every habitable spot on Earth can be defined by the watershed in which it lies. This foundation of knowledge will give us a way to tie together all of the different topics that we are covering in this unit along a common theme.
This Thursday and Friday we will be hosting a team of evaluators for renewing our accreditation. We have been working through the accreditation process for the last several years (particularly this one!) and we are excited to see the culmination of this process at the end of the week.
Saturday gives us a chance to celebrate our school with you at our 40th Fiesta spring fundraiser. We hope to see you all there!
Have a terrific week,
Seth, Rachael and Annie