September Fisher Forecast
What's Happening at Fisher?
On Friday, September 4, Dr. John D’Auria, former superintendent in Canton and president of Teachers21, presented to teachers and staff the importance of developing a vibrant school culture supporting the social emotional well-being of students.
We want to support our students to take risks as they learn new concepts and skills this year. With that goal in mind, we wish to partner with parents and guardians to cultivate a "growth mindset" The concept of a growth mindset was developed by a Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, and popularized in her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work…..This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment,” writes Dweck. Students who embrace growth mindsets—may learn more, learn it more quickly, and view challenges and failures as opportunities to improve their learning and skills.
We can start by carefully choosing the words we say when a child succeeds. When we praise the planning, preparation, and strategies used to achieve a success we better enable our children to view a “win” as a result of their effort and hard work. Alternately loses, struggles, and challenges are part of the journey towards success. Mistakes and misconceptions are inherent to the learning process and experienced frequently.
Instead of saying, “you are so smart” when your child earns a good grade on a test, say “by practicing your math facts and using the strategies for problem solving, you were able to achieve so well on that math test.”
Ice Cream Social
Harlem Wizards Basketball game - Sunday, September 20 at 5 pm at WHS!
OPEN HOUSE SEPTEMBER 30
Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30 from 6:00- 8:00 pm. Please note, this is a different night than the other elementary schools to allow parents to attend Open House for siblings at another school. Families whose names begin with M-Z should plan to attend at 6:00 p.m and families whose names begin with A-L should plan to attend at 7:00 p.m. This is an evening to visit the school with your child to learn about the curriculum and special events. It is always an exciting night for our students as they escort families through the school and talk about what they do during the hours away from home. This is not an evening to discuss individual students as we have Parent/ Teacher Conferences scheduled for October (Gr. K-5). Mark your calendars for this special evening.
Student Profile Forms
Student Profile Sheets are coming home the first day of school.
You will receive a Student Profile form, which will be used to provide detailed information to the office and the nurse if we need to contact you during the day. Please complete both sides of this form and return it to the office as soon as possible. Please indicate which phone numbers should be used in case of an emergency in priority order (the numbers where we most likely will be able to reach you). If any information should change during the year, please advise us immediately.
It is very important for you to read and review the Elementary Handbook, Code of Conduct, AUP, and Bus Regulations with your child. You will then sign the back of the student profile sheet verifying that you have reviewed these documents. These documents- Elementary Handbook, Code of Conduct, AUP, and Bus Regulations are found on our district website at http://walpole.k12.ma.us/fis/ using the tab-School Documents- Policy and Forms. Please have your child return the signed form to school by September 11, 2015.
One tool for students’ organization and study skills is the use of an assignment notebook. Students in grades 2 through 5 will be encouraged to use the assignment notebooks that have been ordered by the school. The cost for these assignment notebooks is $6.00. A check payable to “Walpole Public Schools” can be sent in to the classroom teachers. Kindergarten and first grade students will use a durable “Communication Folder” to transport notices, school notes, and homework assignments to and from school. These folders are a convenient way to send and receive school information.