Letter from Claire - October 13

Dear families,

In order to ensure a safe learning environment, the Department of Education now requires that every exit door be alarmed.  Alarms have been installed on all of the 14 exit doors in our building, with the exception of the front doors.   All staff and families must enter and exit only through the front door.  Alarms will sound when using any other door in the building.  

For accessibility continue to use the door in the auditorium.  If the door is closed, please ring the bell and security will buzz you in.  During drop-off and dismissal, the door will be available for use.   If you need to exit thru the auditorium outside of dismissal hours, please inform security before leaving the building.

Safety Issue

Please remind your children it is unsafe and dangerous to hang, climb and/or play on the scaffolding surrounding our building.  Any student found playing on the scaffolding will lose the privilege of playing in the yard. 


From the Classroom

This past week our school was visited by a group of 8 educators participating in The National Progressive Education Network Conference.  The Progressive Education Network promotes the vision of progressive education on a national basis, while providing opportunities for educators to connect, support and learn from one another.

Big shout out to Alice for planning and organizing the visit.  


The visitors shared how they saw progressive education weaving its way through our school:


·      Our school is warm, kind and there is gentleness in the building that flows into the pace of the classroom and school day.

·      The classrooms are the children’s.  Student centered and inquiry based.  Students know structures and routines.

·      Teachers are members of the classroom.

·      There is vertical articulation from primary to intermediate.

·      Consistent classroom management and common ways/language throughout the school.

·      Group learning, two meeting areas, and purposeful ways for learning.

·      Students working together and engaged in the work.

·      So much movement, art and music infused in curriculum.

·      Students are on task, and working collaboratively.

·      Students have ownership of their learning. The voice of students is strong.

·      Students are polite and respectful with each other.

·      Students are given time to wonder and work at their own pace. 


Mini Congress

Our delegates met in two groups to share class rules. Delegates read over class rules, and picked 10 words that resonated with importance. This week all 52 delegates will meet to share each group's work and elect 2 delegates to represent each grade.



A letter regarding lice was shared with families this past week.  Please read it.  It is simply to prepare our families in case it occurs.  On October 20, the PTA will be hosting an informational session on lice, lice detection, removal and treatment. The session will take place at 8:45-9:15 in Room B-17.  Please attend.  


Important Dates:

October 6th: PTA Executive Board Meeting @ 8:45 in 516

October 7th: SLT @ 3:15 in room 519

October 13th: PA General Meeting plus SLT Workshop #1 (Partnership Mixer). Note new time and location: 6:00 p.m. in the Greenhouse (3rd floor)

October 14th: IDC Meeting @ 8:45 in room 516

October 20th: Lice Clinic @ 8:45-9:15AM in Room B-17 (basement)

October 20th-22nd: Photo Days, schedule will be coming

October 27th: Chat with Claire @ 6:00 pm in cafeteria