September 23, 2014
Dear Congdon Park Families,
Fall is here, and the school year is well underway. Students are becoming familiar with teacher expectations, and classroom routines. I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone for the great start we have had to the school year. The staff, students, and families have transitioned well to being back in school and we are off and running.
Congdon Park Fall Harvest Festival was a great success! We had over 200 students participate. It is always fun to meet and greet other families and to celebrate all of the great learning going on here at Congdon. Thank you to Loll Design for the beautiful new sign out in the garden. I would invite you to talk a stroll through the beautiful garden to see all of the wonderful items we have growing.
The Congdon Park Wednesday Folders continue to go green. Congdon Park School made a commitment to use less paper and started to send a weekly electronic e-mail with all important school information and a link to the Wednesday folders. We hope this approach is working for your family. Each week PTA volunteers come in to organize this. It seems to be going well, but I want to make sure that the school news is reaching all of our families. Our hope is to save thousands of pieces of paper and make it easier for everyone to digest all of the information that is sent home with your student. Please know, if you have any suggestions, comments, etc. we would love to hear from you at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Responsive Classroom Approach. This approach focuses on positive behavior at school through strong, consistent, and positive discipline. Staff will offer practical strategies for building a safe, calm, and respectful school climate. Some of the positive changes that will be implemented are:
· Establishing signals that get children’s attention. This is called “show 5.” All staff will use this approach when asking for quiet attention anytime and anywhere in school.
· Establishing School Rules: Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible.
· Work on creating peaceful recesses, lunchtimes, hallways and bus rides.
· Work with staff on methods for quickly restoring positive behavior when a discipline problem comes up. Using an apology of action.
· Involving families in improving school discipline.
One underlying belief of the Responsive Classroom approach is that it is important to know children individually, culturally, and developmentally. As a school we will value responsible community membership and will strive to balance the needs of the individual with the needs of the community. Together we will continue to work towards full implementation within the next three years.
I would like to also take this opportunity to continue to remind families about traffic patterns before and after school. Please remember that if you are dropping off your child before school or picking them up after school that you do so carefully. Please slow down, especially while traveling on Greysolon Road. The new procedures seem to be going very well. Please use extra caution when you know that students will be on their way to and from school.
Kathi Kusch Marshall/Principal