Weekly Digest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We’ve just released our second Mannequin Challenge video, which is actually three parts sewn into one.  Just scroll down to view it, or link to it here.  This was a lot of fun to do and the possibilities are endless for creativity.

Report cards are in the finishing stages and are set to go home on Monday February 13th; interviews will follow on Thursday the 16th.  Today, instructions on how to reserve an interview time were sent home.  Use your child’s student id to register and select an appointment time.

As I’ve highlighted before, assessment for your child’s progress is multifaceted.  There’s so much more going on in the learning environment than tests, quizzes and projects – which is about the only thing you see in the way of grades.  Speaking of grades, I honestly feel they’re overrated.  Rewarding a child for every “A” he/she earns puts too much attention on a single letter grade.  If students embrace their learning and make their very best effort, they should be satisfied with whatever they’ve earned; and if they’re not pleased, that is a time to reflect on what needs to be done to improve.  I would be in favour of a system that focuses solely on student progress, rather than an overall mark.  All the small victories and growing successes are often overlooked when that letter grade winds up on the report card.  Ultimately, if you want to get an accurate picture of your child’s progress, come and see me and we’ll have a wonderful discussion about his/her learning.  There’s nothing wrong with having high expectations, but they don’t have to be in the form of a letter grade.

Students are about to embark on a research task regarding astronomy.  While the project itself will be done in school, students are welcome to research and gather materials on their own time.  Feel free to check in with your child to see what he/she is learning about.

The week after next, we will be taking a short trip to the Harrow OPP detachment as part of our VIP experience with Cst. MacKinnon.  Due to limited space, and the shortness of the time out of school, we are not in need of chaperones for this excursion.  I will, however, keep you updated with photos posted to Class Story.  Keep your eyes open for permission forms next week.

Have a great weekend!

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