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Welcome to Anna Reynolds ElementarySchool Open House/Curriculum Night Thursday, September 19, 2013
Schedule for the Evening • 6:30-7:00: ClassroomPresentations for Kindergarten, Grade 2, and Grade 3 • 6:30-7:00: Principal Presentation in Cafeteria for PreK, Grade 1, and Grade 4 • 7:10-7:40: ClassroomPresentations for PreK, Grade 1, and Grade 4 • 7:10-7:40: Principal Presentation in Cafeteria for Kindergarten, Grade 2, and Grade 3 • 6:30-7:40: Specialsteachers are available to meetwith parents in theirrooms.
Communication • Reynolds Reporter: bimonthly • Website: most up-to-date • Rapid Notification: make sure your contact information is current—if not, contact us in writing • Closures and emergencies • Upcoming events • Phone calls and emails • Start with teachers for questions: reasonable frequency
Curriculum: WhatisCurrent? • iPads in every grade continues • Math Workshop: joins writing and reading with this model continues • Vocabulary instruction pilot in Kindergarten with UConn continues • Making Meaning comprehension kits continues • Nonfiction libraries and use expanding continues • MAP Assessments • School goals: • Students will improve their understanding of math concepts and their ability to apply this understanding to various tasks. • Students will improve their Reading Comprehension skills. • Students will treat each other with respect. • Parents will have knowledge about their child’s progress in reading and math prior to progress reporting periods.
Curriculum: WhatisCurrent? A few words about the Common Core State Standards • adopted by almost all states at this point • ELA: more nonfiction, more complex texts, close reading, evidence within the text, writing to argue, research to present • Math: real-world problem solving, application of concepts, fluency and automaticity with facts, deep understanding, math practice standards (ex. make sense and persevere in solving problems)
Whatelseis new thisyear? • Longer school day 8:40-3:25 • 5 Kindergarten and Grade 1 classrooms • Growing enrollment continues • Canyon Creek: conference scheduling software program
Online Scheduler • Why schedule online? • Eliminates the need for back and forth correspondence in order for the teacher to schedule everyone at a convenient time • Allows parents to view schedules of teachers of all children in order to coordinate appointments • System provides confirmation and a reminder 2 days in advance
Choose child’s school (AR) and enter password • ARsuccess1 • Enter your child’s ID number (or select LOOK UP) and verify birthday • Select the teacher’s or teachers’ schedule to view available appointments and select a time that works for you • Assistance is only a click away!
School-Wide Events and Programs • Garden Show (next Wednesday) • Conferences (September, December, March—see later slide) • Summer Reading Recognition Assembly (last week) • Grandparents and Special Friends Week (October 21-25) • Holiday Shop (Saturday, December 7; snow date December 14) • Winter Concert (December)
School-Wide Events and Programs • Writer-in-Residence (November; Grade 4 only) • Author-in-Residence (May) • Spring Concert (May) • Field Day (May/June) • Celebration of Learning (May) • School Spirit Day (June)
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Protocols/Safety • Please watch your speed! • Drop-off is a quick one along sidewalk • Pick-up is in cafeteria for K-4 (foyer for PreK) • If student is on pick-up list, must be signed out • Please alert your child’s teacher and office with changes in status
Parent/TeacherConferences • September: 2 days (optional) • Parent or teacher may request • Purpose: Informal opportunity to share information about the child • December – 3 days • Purpose: To review student progress • March – 3 days (optional) • Parent or teacher may request • Purpose: To review student progress
Parent TeacherOrganization: PTO • Our PTO is the best! • Meetings: first Tuesday of most months • Website: TBD • What they do: • Organize events • Raise funds • Support our efforts to make the children’s experience better