Hello AWESOME Parent Community
A few quick updates:
Report cards will go home this Friday. There is a certain opaqueness to report cards and your child’s teacher(s) spend many hours (every year) trying to figure out how to align our district provided materials with the report card with the coming CCSS. It is hard to make sense out of all of it, for us too. With that in mind, this third term is a tough one and fourth is even harder. The goal post keeps moving and there is no single assessment tool that the second grade English teachers use to make the call on these grades. I use some formal tests but then also rely on all the hours I spend observing and working with a student to make the final judgment on grades. I use both subjective and objective measures because students are extremely complicated individuals. There is still A LOT of school left for gains, too, so keep the spotlight on school. We’re not slowing down but speeding up. Your child will need lots of rest. J
With spring/summer headed our way, please help us reinforce all those positive behaviors we’ve seen all year. This is the time of year that schools see the most behavior challenges. Knock on wood, I think both our groups are doing a nice job at regulating themselves in the building. I know this because when I see them at recess I’m like “Whoa, you guys really hold back in class.” That said, let’s avoid problems early. I’ll be doing this in the class too.
The Hallway! Please help us with clothing and not allowing students (any, they don’t have to be yours) leave stuff on the ground. We continue to have a big mess out there. We’re asking for some community parenting. The kids are always in a rush at Richmond, but please stop them and ask them to pick up if you see someone leaving a pile.
Please sign up for Mt. Tabor! We can take extra people too. However, no siblings. Sorry, District rules. Liability issues, etc. This is always so fun and it is our END OF YEAR party, so we won’t have a party in-class on the last day. This IS the party.
Homework for the next few weeks is REALLY important. This is our final push and we’ll be asking for your support at home. You’ll see. It’s big. It’s tough. You’ll survive, but it won’t be easy. Try to store a little extra time for homework in the next month.
School-wide policy issue: We do not have supervision for your children after 2:15. Your child/children need to stay with you at all times. If you are waiting for your child’s Japanese tutor time you MUST be with him or her in the building or on the playground.
Thank you very much. We can’t do this work without our super supportive community.