Each December, with its holiday cheer, gives us reason to celebrate and reconnect with important people in our lives. Indeed, December in our elementary school marks two annual events that allow us to both acknowledge our students work while reaffirming the parent-teacher partnership that is critical for each child’s success.
Our parent-teacher conferences held on Thursday, December 3rd and Friday, December 4th provide the opportunity for families to receive important feedback regarding their child’s performance. Although conversation around a child’s performance in relation to grade-level standards is an important component of the conference, students’ agency or those skills less measured through the use of formal assessments and data are of equal importance. As we continue to explore authentic learning experiences for our students, the development of a growth mindset and such skills as collaboration, persistence, curiosity and self-directedness should be important information about your child that is discussed. Such anecdotal feedback that speaks to a child’s mindset is a valuable indicator of a student’s continued growth and success.
Always a joyous and festive event, our Winter Concert, held on Wednesday, December 16th, celebrates the hard work and commitment of our elementary school musicians. It is always a pleasure to witness such enthusiastic participation from the majority of our students who choose to dedicate themselves to our music program. It certainly is a testament to our community and its commitment to the performing arts. We ask that parents enjoy the show through its entirety and refrain from exiting after their child’s performance is complete. The enthusiastic support of the entire audience would mean a great deal to the students in the band and the chorus.
From Garden Education, STEM initiatives, Chef-in-the Classroom, Think Ahead Chess and Project-Based Learning there is much to celebrate at Haldane. Indeed, our students are exposed to many opportunities beyond the curriculum that ensures that the “what” and “how” of our teaching is relevant and engaging for our students.
It is a joyous time of year, and it is with sincere gratitude and enthusiasm that I look forward to our continued work together in the New Year.