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Head of School Blog
List of 2 news stories.
The Parent-Teacher Conference Dance
Parent-Teacher conferences are a special dance unto themselves. Successful conferences come about as a result of intentional choreography, sufficient preparation, and the ability to express oneself freely and gracefully.
In an effort to support positive and effective conferences in the coming weeks, I asked teachers for advice to share with parents. “Be open and honest about what you have read,” offered Second Grade Teacher Ronnie Loving. “Remember that the teacher likes your child and is painting a picture about what they see at school in order to help everyone be on the same page.”
As we begin our new spirituality season of Awe and Wonder, I was really taken with the story that Ms. Wachtler shared in our Spirituality Assembly, and asked her permission to share it with you here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! – Jill Singleton
When I was asked to write a story for our new theme awe and wonder, I asked my students what are some things that you wonder about? Some responses were How does Santa fit through the chimney? Why is the sky blue? How was water made? When I go to college, will I go during the nighttime?
These responses made me think back to when I was in First Grade. What were the things that I used to wonder about? I remember also wondering, “How does Santa and the Easter Bunny get into my house to leave presents without waking anyone up?” I remember also wondering about my future. “What will I be when I grow up? Will I go to college? Will I be famous?” But the one thing that I wondered about the most was will I be able to play soccer when I get older.
For the 13th year in row, students donated shoes to the charity Soles4Souls. Soles4Souls' mission is to be "a not for profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing." The 181 paris of shoes students donated will be distributed to children in this country and around the world who lack adequate footwear. Many thanks to our wonderful students and families for doing their part to help Soles4Souls achieve their vision of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030.
Trick-or-Treat for Unicef
Many thanks to our Student Government Association for running a very successful Trick-or-Treat for Unicef campaign. A total of $2,653 was raised. A friendly competition was arranged between the classes, and Fifth Grade South was deemed the winner. The "prize" for winning the competition is the use of two free periods to be determined by students and teachers. Once again, the work of our students will go a long way to helping those in need around the world.
A Night Out for Parents and Students
Students and parents ended the week with a special evening designed to have something for everyone - parents enjoy an evening out while students engage in a variety of activities at school. Eighth Graders host this special fundraiser as a way to raise money for their annual Student Exchange Program with Ecuador. "The October Parents' Night Out is my favorite because our Ecuadorian exchange students are here at this time and get to be a part of the fun," said Jill Singleton, Head of School. One of the things that makes the evening special is the multiage aspect to the event. Students from all grade levels enjoy interacting with one another. “One Eighth Grade student said he really enjoyed Parents' Night Out because he got to lead an activity for younger students and then hear them describe to their parents at pickup how much fun they had over the course of the evening,” said Noah Guzman, Dean of Students. Parents' Night Out is one of several different fundraisers connected with the Ecuadorian Exchange Program.