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March 13, 2017

Dear Families,

image of students' art Congratulations to our East School Singers on their exciting Sound Tigers performance! We also send a special thank you to the many family and friends in the East School community that came out for the game to support our Singers!

East School Reading Celebration!

There’s been a whole lot of reading happening at East this month! Our East School Reading Celebration is held each year in March, with lots of excitement for our young readers. Earlier this month, East celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Read-Across-America Day with teachers sharing favorite Dr. Seuss books with students. Last week, teachers “swapped” classes for Monday Morning Meeting to be guest readers. image of students reading Students loved making connections and getting to know teachers from other grades in this way! Since then, students have been reading and collecting pajamas and books in support of the Reading Celebration community service project, a “PJs and Books” collection to benefit Vine Cottage in New Canaan. Thanks to all of our East families for supporting this event and nurturing a love of reading for our children.

Thank you, PTC!

Our third graders enjoyed a wonderful performance of Chinese Acrobats at the Ridgefield Playhouse earlier this month. This field trip was made possible by the PTC Enrichment funds at East – thank you! It was not only an exciting event for all to see, but it has opened conversations of other cultures and will be revisited as our third graders move into their spring study of Ancient China.

Looking Ahead

  • Last week, you should have received an email that outlines the guidelines and principles of our class placement process. Your attention to this memo is appreciated – please let us know if you did not receive the memo and call or email if you have any questions.

*** Please note that second trimester report cards will be sent home on Thursday of this week, March 16th. As we shared in the fall, the “About Progress Reports” note below highlights some important points to keep in mind as you review your child’s progress report.

Enjoy a wonderful week!

Take care,

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About Progress Reports

This week, your child will bring home his or her winter progress report. We wanted to share with you some helpful notes as you review the progress report.

  • Remember that our children “Work Hard and Be Kind” each and every day. Celebrate that work and focus on how they have put forth effort to learn and improve … this sends a message of efficacy to your child, communicating that their commitment and hard work matters and can lead to growth in the future.
  • Before jumping to the indicators, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the meaning of each mark on the progress reports. A “key” explaining each term is provided at the top of the progress report and can help demystify the markings. Note that these indicators are not intended to correlate with traditional “letter grades”. Instead, they communicate the consistency of your child’s performance and your child’s level of independence related to a given skill or concept.
  • Every child has areas of strength as well as areas for growth. This is to be expected (and in fact is true of all of us). Help your child to consider these areas in a manageable way – perhaps noting one or two areas of strength and one (or two) areas for improvement. It can be especially helpful to support your child in brainstorming an action step he or she might take next and “how” he or she will do this in a concrete way. All of this also supports your child in understanding the value of feedback and how to use feedback as a springboard for growth.
  • It is important to remember that these progress reports are based on assessments and student work undertaken throughout the winter months, not any single assignment or test.
  • Please keep in mind that these progress reports (completed three times each year) track the journey of learning your child is on this year. It is not any one indicator or note that is most critical. It is about the story that is told over time (over the course of the year) about your child’s growth and learning. Enjoy this journey with them!