Save the Dates: Curriculum Night (Wednesday 11/29) & Parent-Teacher Conferences (Thursday 11/30 - Friday 12/1)
Save the Dates!
Wednesday, November 29: Curriculum Night 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (with supervision of children from 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.)
Thursday, November 30: School ends at 12 p.m. followed by parent-teacher conferences.
Friday, December 1: Parent-teacher conferences all day (no school).
(Conference sign-ups will be posted on the bulletin board before Thanksgiving break).
"Yes!!! I have a few. So, um, what's Curriculum Night and what's going to happen and have we ever done this before and do I really have to go?"
"Curriculum Night is new. The teachers recognized that Parent-Teacher Conferences have become, shall we say, LONG (60-90 minutes each!). Much of this time was spent discussing the curriculum in general to create the context for discussing each child's growth. We created Curriculum Night to answer the Big Picture questions, enabling shorter Parent-Teacher Conferences."
"But what exactly is Curriculum Night?"
Curriculum Night is, more or less, like Back-to-School Night. It's a chance to learn what the class has been doing so far this year, and where we're migrating to next (just like whales, always on the move!)"
"But aren't Parent-Teacher Conferences when we find out what our child has been learning, and how she/he/they is doing?"
"Well, Curriculum Night will give you the big picture -- for example, you'll get an overview of the Explode the Code reading program and learn what phonics skills are covered in each book. We'll also discuss the history of the school, the educational approaches and philosophies that influence the curriculum, our conflict resolution principles and process, and how children are assessed academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. You'll also spend time in your child's classroom, taking a long look around, asking questions, and clarifying any concerns or curiosities (so bring a list of questions, if you like!)."
"Is there a schedule for Curriculum Night?"
Yep. (The schedule may change a bit as we move closer towards the day).
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Teachers prepare classrooms (Children are supervised).
3:30 - 4 p.m.
Grown-ups gather together for a short presentation and Q & A about the history of the elementary program, educational influences, and upcoming changes (Children are supervised).
4:00 - 5 p.m.
Grown-ups divide into the Main Classroom (1st-2nd) or Amethyst Room (3rd-5th). Explore each group's curriculum through interactive dialogue with the teachers. Please ask questions, share any concerns, offer advice for the program, you name it ... we want feedback.
Please come. There will be snacks. (In teacher/parent talk, we call that last sentence "bribery.").
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