RISD Elementary Parent Newsletter
Week of 1/7/19
Message from Julie
Dear RISD Elementary Parents,
Wow! We cannot BELIEVE what a success our first "new" winter program was! We are SO appreciative of the hard work of all our teachers, SEAs, volunteers, parent groups, etc. As we seek equity for all our students, it is wonderful to know that there are multiple options for all students.
Thank you to everyone for being so flexible as we continue to provide these great learning opportunities for kids (outside the traditional walls of the classroom).
1/17 - Winter Programming Continues:
**************PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR KIDS ARE ON TIME! WES BUS LEAVES AT8:15 SHARP!!!!!!!!!
A note for skiers:
*******If you are transporting your children from the mountain (having them stay later, etc., you must have a note turned into the office****************
Don't forget to label your skis!
We have begun our winter assessments, and though it is important to see academic progress for our students, this is one of my favorite quotes about learning (that I believe puts testing into perspective)
"We are concerned that these tests do not always assess all of what it is that make each of you special and unique. The people who create these tests and score them do not know each of you-- the way your teachers do, the way I hope to, and certainly not the way your families do. They do not know that you can play a musical instrument, sports or that you can dance or paint a picture. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them or that your laughter can brighten the dreariest day. They do not know that you write poetry or songs, play or participate in sports, wonder about the future, or that sometimes you take care of your little brother or sister after school. They do not know that you have traveled to a really neat place or that you know how to tell a great story or that you really love spending time with special family members and friends. They do not know that you can be trustworthy, kind or thoughtful, and that you try, every day, to be your very best... the scores you get will tell you something, but they will not tell you everything. There are many ways of being smart."
Have a great week!
Each time a student or class demonstrates one of these characteristics, they receive a rock.
Success in schools!
What's New for the 2018-2019 School Year
We will be focusing on consistency between the two schools. A copy of the handbook will be sent home, but you can also access it online.