April 12, 2017
Dear Open Families,
We hope that everyone had a pleasurable break. The weather was certainly archetypal of springtime in Michigan. The emergence of verdant foliage and daffodils reminds us that we are in the homestretch of the school year. One sure sign of spring in an elementary school is the work of generating class lists for the upcoming school year. This year the task will be complicated by a few new teaching assignments. Due to retirements and different cohort sizes, there are few changes on the horizon. Because our numbers do not necessitate a grade 2-3 classroom next year, Josh will teach a grade 1-2 classroom as he has in past years. Tyra is eager for the occasion to teach Kindergarten next year, and Tracey is excited about the opportunity to teach grades 3-4. We will have five grade 3-4 classrooms next year. Sent home on goldenrod-colored paper and included in this packet is the annual class placement input forms. Please return the input form by April 26th so that our staff can begin the long and thoughtful process of creating 2017-18 class lists.
Prior to the break, students were immersed in hands-on learning during our second round of Focus Studies. We are quite thankful for Christine’s organization and appreciative of the many parents who taught classes. Some of the projects students created during Focus Studies will be displayed at our 4th Annual Maker Fair this Thursday from 6:00-8:00pm. As in years past, we will be displaying the creative work of students. We will also showcase some of the creativity elicited by our K-8 Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum. A big thanks to Pete Pasque for orchestrating the Maker Fair and to Anessa for bringing PLTW projects to this enjoyable annual event.
Given the innumerable contributions of parents and guardians, we are pleased to host a volunteer appreciation breakfast on Wednesday, April 26th. Please join us from 7:45-8:45am for coffee and breakfast items prepared by our staff. This is just a small gesture so show our sincere gratitude and appreciation for the varied ways parents positively contribute to our school.
In our mission statement we advocate for learning that honors diversity and supports students’ personal growth. As a community of teacher learners, we too seek personal and pedagogical growth. This school year we have endeavored to create and foster an environment where it is safe to engage in discussions about race and equity issues. Our staff and families both seem to have a desire to learn about, and act upon, the socio-political forces that oppress various ethnic and racial groups. To the end, we will host another evening opportunity for families to learn with us as we work to create a culturally responsive learning community. Parents/guardians and children are invited to Open on April 18th from 6:00-8:00pm for another opportunity to learn and grow together. Angela K. Guy-Lee will lead an opportunity to learn and discuss biological assumptions and the social construction of race.
We are hosting another opportunity for parents to learn and support their children’s journey on April 24th. From parents are invited to the Talk Early, Talk Often (TETO) workshop, aimed at helping parents talk to their children about sexualtiy. See the attached flyer for details and contact info. Just prior to the TETO workshop, we will host a short presentation from 5:30-6:00pm so families can learn more about the 2017 Sinking Fund Millage from Chris and Meg. You can visit https://goo.gl/zh1prs to learn more about the proposed sinking fund millage increase and to see when other community presentations are being held by Dr. Swift.
Meg & Chris, A2O principals