Please take a look at the calendar in the side bar titled "Upcoming Dates" and all the event information that Kelly Marsh includes in both the digital and paper (if requested) newsletters. The email version goes out every Sunday, and the hard copies and flyers go home on Mondays. Ms. Kathy also attaches forms and flyers when she and Ms. Donna assemble the hard copy newsletters on Monday and distribute them to the classrooms. Please ask your child for this information on Mondays. Since tomorrow (Monday, 10/24) is a professional day for staff, the hard copies of this newsletter will come home Tuesday. Monday is a holiday for all students.
Probably the most frequent complaint we receive concerns the lack of communication. We are using several methods to get the information about academics and events to you, but we still hear that parents don't know about an activity until we call saying their child cannot participate unless we have a permission sent in immediately. Teachers who are sponsoring a field trip will send home a permission slip with field trip information two weeks before the date. (I know that in some cases this doesn't happen because of last minute scheduling, but we try.) As of last week, the music trip permissions have been posted in Google Classroom for the middle school choruses and on the school website in the Performing Arts & Music Program section for all classes. This week we will begin posting all permissions online on the Field Trip/Permissions Slip tab. We do not yet have the capability for you to electronically sign the slips, so you will have to print and return to the office, fax, or scan and attach to an email. Of course, the simplest way is to sign and return the paper form your child brings home. You can print from Google Classroom or the SAA website. You will receive more information on Google Classroom as the teachers become more adept at using it themselves. This is a learning process for everyone.
Last week, there were two important events scheduled for parents. Tuesday was the "Back to School" Night for middle school parents. Regretfully, of the 118 students, only 30 students had parents in attendance. This was very disappointing. This was a time for teachers to explain their curriculum and expectations, for parents to ask questions and schedule conferences, and for parents to become familiar with the important digital programs the students are using. Thursday evening was the International Fair. We had 51 parents in attendance. Students in ALL grades participated by learning about countries all over the world and presenting what they knew through posters or videos. Here is the link to the 6th grade project on archaeology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXWKC8X2rrk. (It's about 15 minutes long.) Many parents sent delicious food and each of the elementary classes performed songs from the global community. The middle schoolers displayed their art and through the silent auction raised money for a field trip to the Dali Museum. It was a wonderful event that showcased the hard work of the students.
Thank you to all of the students, parents, and teachers who participated. We'd like to see more participation at future events because the students do love to see their parents here so they can show off what they are learning. The teachers are proud of them and also want them to share their hard work. If anyone has suggestions as to how we can increase participation, please let Kelly or me know.
The elementary students are celebrating Halloween this Friday during the school day. You have received information from your child's homeroom teacher but if you need clarification, please call or email. The middle schoolers have their Halloween/Fall dance Friday night. Information was posted last week and another flyer is going home Tuesday. There are no parties or events scheduled for Monday, 10/31. This leaves Monday free for students to take part in Halloween or Fall Festival events with their families in the evening.
Have a great week!