Aug. 17, 2015
As you know, there has been a change in the school-day schedule for the new school year. This was done to provide teachers with more sustained collaborative planning time without compromising instructional time for students. The goal is to provide continuous improvement in teaching and learning to enhance student achievement. Our schedule is:
Grades 1 – 3: M , T, W, F: 8:20 – 3:20
Thursday: 8:20 – 1:55
Morning Pre-K and K: M, T, W, F: 8:20 – 11:05
Thursday: 8:20 – 10:40
Afternoon Pre-K and K: M, T, W, F: 12:35 – 3:20
Thursday: 11:30 – 1:55
Walkers may be dropped off between 8:00 – 8:20am.
As a benefit to students and families, we are also exploring ways to provide Academic Support to students on Early Release Thursdays. After lengthy discussions, this is what we envision:
We will offer four Learning Labs- two for Math and two for Reading/Writing. The labs will be organized around grade levels (i.e. A Math Lab and a Reading/writing Lab for 2nd and 3rd graders, and a Math Lab and a Reading/Writing Lab for1st graders.)
Ed. Techs will facilitate Academic Support activities to students from 2:00-3:20 on Thursday afternoons.
The Learning Labs will run on 6-week cycles so that families do not have to register their children for these Learning Lab cycles for the entire year. Families may have their children “dip-in” or “dip-out” for each new cycle as the family needs change throughout the year.
We ask that students sign-up for the entire cycle so that we can plan appropriately for their academic needs.
Ed. Techs will collaborate with classroom teachers regarding skills students may need extra help in strengthening. For example, activities may include practicing word study skills, math facts, reading fluency, reading comprehension, number sense, and problem-solving strategies.
Parents are responsible for picking students up from the Learning Lab at 3:20 on Thursdays- there will not be bus transportation from the Learning Labs home on Thursday. School buses will only run at the regular Thursday dismissal time, which is 1:55.
There is no charge to families for students to take advantage of the Academic Support Learning Labs.
Parents must sign-up in advance for each cycle so we can appropriately staff, plan and prepare Academic Support activities to benefit student learning.
Having time and resources to offer the Learning Labs for our students has been a dream for us for a long time. There will likely be adjustments as we launch this program, but the anticipated benefits to students are very exciting!
The first Early Release Day is Thursday, September 10th. The Learning Labs will be available to students who have signed up beginning that first Early Release Day (9/10/15). Sign up sheets will be sent home on the first day of school.
Nina D’Aran, Principal