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Principal’s Message

Date: August 28, 2011 Author: admin Categories: Principals Message

Hello BA families,

We are off to a wonderful start of the 2011-2012 school year. The children are full of enthusiasm and curiosity, learning their classroom routines, and beginning to come out of their shells to let us see who they truly are. Teachers are taking note of each child’s apparent strengths and possible areas of need, feeling the pulse of their classrooms, and planning the many strategies and materials they will use to engage the children and build towards their greatest success.

Back to School Night Wednesday, August 31
At Back to School Night teachers will share the ways your children will learn in class this year, and you will learn more about what you can do to support the process. Consider this a date night; children do not attend Back to School to allow for very clear communication at an adult level. The schedule is as follows:

5:30 – 6:30    Kindergarten and K/1 Multiage Classroom Presentations, Rm. 12 Visits with RSP Mrs. Green and SLP Mrs. Soman

6:30 – 7:00    Mr. Triska’s and PTA’s Welcome Back in the MUR: Please come in!

7:00 – 8:00    1st – 4th Grade Classroom Presentations

The teachers are due back in class early the following morning, so please resist the temptation to conference with your child’s teacher at Back To School Night. If you feel you need an in depth conversation about your child, please call or email the teacher to set up a more private meeting instead.

District-wide Math Curriculum Pilots
At Back to School Night you may be surprised to discover siblings are learning math differently this year, utilizing different publishers’ materials. In order to better coordinate our mathematics curriculum and instruction K-8, our district is piloting a variety of math materials this year, with the goal of selecting one program to adopt district-wide for 2012-13. We are especially cognizant of the newly adopted Common Core Standards that will elevate and unite mathematics instruction nationally over the next several years—and want to be certain that the programs we use to teach are aligned to those key standards.

At Brittan Acres, teachers are piloting Houghton Mifflin’s Go Math!, McGraw-Hill’s Everyday Math, and Pearson’s enVisionMATH. As a principal with 21 classrooms, I have the good fortune to learn about each by interacting with the children and teachers during classroom instruction, and also by participating in the professional development around each program. Teachers will also be comparing and contrasting the results of their lessons with each other, trying to best determine which programs support student learning most ideally. As we move further into the school year, I will share with you what we are discovering, and keep you informed about the process being used to make the final decision at the School Board level.

Gorgeous Green Fields
Finally, you may have heard from your children that the beautiful, green fields on the upper playground are still surrounded by temporary fencing. It’s true, and frustratingly this means the playground structure is also fenced off. All I can tell you is that one fine day we will be able to play on those lush lawns and cross over to our old standby playground—and we will all be very, very happy. I expect it to be another two to three weeks before the turf has sufficiently taken root, allowing the children to play on the grass. In the meantime we will be practicing the life skill of patience!

See you Wednesday night, if not sooner!

John Triska