Friday, September 22, 2017
It has been another wonderful, busy week at JFK Elementary. Students were busy creating their class matrix of expectations, engaging in their beginning math and literacy units, and continuing to work on the school HEART expectations.
As part of Responsive Classroom, we believe in and follow the practices of the First Six Weeks of School. This time is used to teach expectations and establish routines. Students are introduced to the classroom and school, school expectations, and routines that help students learn. The first six weeks is planned so that students will be engaged in all of these introductions. They practice the expected skills and behaviors—at first with teacher guidance, and as their knowledge and ability grow, with increasing amounts of independence. Each year, the details must be intentionally taught during the first weeks through modeling and practice. Taking this time at the beginning of the school year to teach expectations creates common language and a common understanding that enables a successful year with strong academic learning.
Part of Responsive Classroom is that each student and adult identified their Hopes and Dreams for this school year. The students’ Hopes and Dreams are linked to classroom expectations, and what they need to do to make their goals happen. After each student in the classroom creates their Hopes and Dreams, they invite me in to present them to me. Some classes take it even a step further, and connect these Hopes and Dreams to future professions!
It is going to be a beautiful, hot weekend. I hope you and your family get some time to enjoy the sun together. Have a wonderful weekend.
Important Upcoming Dates:
October 18th: Early Dismissal – No After School Activities – ALL students dismissed at 12:15
October 19th & 20th: No School
November 8th: Early Dismissal – Early Dismissal with Early Release Activities
November 20th: Parent Teacher Conferences
November 21st – 24th: No School for Thanksgiving Break