Principal's Message, 9/15/19

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 2:26pm

As the first month of school wraps up, the staff and I have been busy implementing our programs and routines. Related to our social/emotional programs across campus, we had a large number of applicants for the Playworks Junior Coach program and the 3rd-5th grade student applicants are in the process of being trained as equipment managers and game leaders. Our Project Cornerstone volunteers also recently held their first parent readers training, so the teachers have begun collaborating with these guest readers to explore various life skills through literature.
Our classroom teachers have been busy assessing students in the core subjects so they have a baseline regarding the various skills and strengths each child brings and how to differentiate instruction. The teachers went to Walter Hays School this past Wednesday to analyze and score writing samples in grade level teams, which was a great opportunity to work with cross grade level colleagues at another site. Also, our Tier 2 interventions began after Labor Day for students who may need a little extra support in reading for grades K-5, and math in grades 1-2. We are currently planning for math intervention in grades 3-5 which should start in October. Letters will be sent home if your child is invited to any of these boost programs. Also, results of the beginning of the year assessments will be shared at the Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences.
I held the first Principal's Coffee this past Friday and focused on reading growth and achievement. I shared with the families that I participated in a training this past summer by the Senior Deputy Director of Columbia University Teacher's College Reading Writing Project. We focused mostly on classroom instruction but I also handed out a summary and resources that might be interesting and useful for parents. Teachers will be able to share your child's reading level at conferences and the resources include recommended book series at that level and comprehension question stems. Please note that in the guidelines of how many books a child should read each week, the number of books reduce when children begin reading chapter books. Shared reading between a child and guardian is also highly encouraged if a child is interested in hearing a story above their reading level!
I've mentioned this many times before but it's our community building and events that make Addison unique and special. We have two great events coming up this Fall that I hope you can attend with me - the Hoedown on September 27 and the Addison Adult Party & Auction on October 19. It's a great way to connect with other families and support your school community!
Finally, our 5th grade overnight field trips are underway as room 15 left today for the Age of Sail program in San Francisco. Students will participate in a historical reenactment and learn critical thinking, team work, leadership and perseverance while living the life of a sailor. Bon voyage!

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