Note from Francie

Parent Nights were held this week for South EL, Kindergarten, and Junior High. Thanks to those of you who attended. I hope you found them informative and are as excited as we are about the year ahead.

As I visit classrooms this is some of what I’m seeing:

  • All of the classrooms are developing their classroom behavior expectations. This involves students in thinking how they want to be together as a community. They generate “rules” that are stated in the positive. For example, from the Junior High, “Pay attention to the person talking” and from Primary, “Everyone gets to play and LEARN.”
  • The Primary is also learning reading routines including “Read to self”. In “read to self” each child selects what they are reading. Today they looked at how choosing the right shoe is similar to choosing the right book.
  • Junior High students are developing Personal Learning Plans. They are thinking about the ways in which they learn best and areas in which they want to improve. Junior High parents can look forward to seeing these plans at conferences later this fall.
  • In Kindergarten everything is new! – learning their way around the school, learning how to use the materials in the room and clean up their spaces and themselves, and learning how to interact with each other respectfully. They will be practicing and refining these skills all their lives.
  • North EL is harvesting the vegetable garden and sharing the delicious bounty with all of us.
  • South EL is on an overnight to Woodford State Park where they will hike and canoe and build their classroom community.

In my Summer Note I told you about many of the building projects accomplished over the summer, but I neglected to mention the new windows in the Junior High. Jorge Romo, Willow and Dalia’s father, did a beautiful job of replacing both the frame and the windows.

You may have heard from your child that the school was broken into over the Labor Day weekend. Sadly, this is true. Nothing was taken and the damage is not too bad, but we will be instituting more security measures. There has been a rash of break-ins in town. The Select Board is giving this their full attention and asks that all of us take precautions in our homes and keep an eye out for our neighbors.

Finally, a reminder about River Valley Credit Union School Savings Program. Information came home in last week’s Friday Notes. It seems like a great way to encourage your child to learn the value of saving their money.

Have a good weekend!

~ Francie