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Back To School Night - What to expect…
We hope to see all of you at Back To School Night this Thursday, September 20.  We will begin with an informal time beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the foyer of the auditorium where you can come to meet other parents and staff and enjoy light refreshments.  At 6 p.m. we will gather inside the auditorium for a division presentation which will be followed by meetings in the classrooms.  In your classrooms, you will have an opportunity to introduce your child to your community.  Your teachers may have sent you some guidelines of how these introductions will work.  This is a special time when you can share aspects about your child's unique story that will be valuable for others to know.  We ask that parents keep their stories to a maximum of 2 minutes.  You will also have an opportunity to leave a promise for your child as your commitment to supporting a safe, respectful and responsible learning experience. 

For parents of multiple children, we recommend that parents split up, or that parents attend some time in one class and some time in a different class.  Teachers will be understanding and can send information missed to parents who are not able to attend full sessions.  Because all of our staff will be participating, we are not able to offer child care during Back to School Night.

Please be aware that teachers will present on general aspects of learning.  If you have questions about your child's personal learning progress, please make an appointment for a different time. 

We look forward to a great evening with you!

Learning in community
This Tuesday, September 18, our elementary faculty will participate in a half-day of professional learning.  The focus of this first half-day is on the Primary Years Program (PYP), which is our curricular inquiry based umbrella.  We will engage in deep reflection of our practices, identify areas of strength that we should maintain, and also identify areas where we would like to see improvement.  This work will inform our re-authorization self-study.  Our elementary school was the first in the country to receive PYP authorization in 2005, and we have been learning and teaching within the framework since then. If you would like to contribute to our self-study as a parent in a PYP school, please contact Laura Fried, our PYP coordinator at

Inquiry Corner:
At Academia Cotopaxi we follow a student-led inquiry model supported by the Primary Years Program (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).   It takes student inquiries, interests, and curiosities to drive learning. Direct student involvement makes learning relevant, encouraging students to develop their own agency and critical thinking skills.  What can we as adults do to develop inquisitive learners? - Train ourselves how to ask meaningful questions that foster critical thinking.  Examples:
How does ________ relate to _________?
How would ________ react to this?
How is _________ connected to other things?
What is __________ analogues for?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of _______?
What makes you say __________?
What is another example of __________?
How else could we use ____________?
Try out some of these questions during this week with day-to-day conversations/events with your children this week, and notice deeper thinking and reflection!

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal