ES Oct2

This week you are going to connect with your child’s learning at very personal levels.  Enjoy these moments where they will speak about the ways in which they learn, reflect on what works for them and celebrate their success!  

Your responses on SeeSaw 
It is wonderful to see so many of you posting responses on SeeSaw  in your child’s journals.  Please avoid any negative comments, and if you want to address the teacher, please email them directly.   We encourage you to provide your children with feedback on their posts that is related to their learning and encourage their continued learning.   Here are some examples of GREAT responses:
Not so good:
*I like your drawing.
*Great job!
*Your English is great!

Great because it is descriptive:
*Your drawing makes me think of xxx.  I like how you included xxx.
*The way in which you explained your thinking tells me that you understand the problem.
*I hear that you are speaking in English with confidence and have learned many words.

Use of video games 
We have had many parents approach us regarding children and video games.  They have raised questions regarding a now popular game, Fortnite.  Fortnite’s cover lists it as “T” - appropriate for teens.  We encourage parents to check ratings and make informed decisions regarding what games children play.  Speaking to other parents and reaching agreements for “device free playdates” is a great strategy to get children to find other healthier alternatives. As we shared in our parent workshop at the beginning of the school year, there are many positive uses of technology and you can support your child by determining if the engagement is contributing to their lives in positive ways.  Here’s one link where you can check on ratings and information about games, movies and media in general

Inquiry Corner
This year the Elementary School is going through a PYP re-accreditation process.  It is a reflective learning experience that occurs every 5 years as a way to align PYP Standards and Academia Cotopaxi's practices to directly impact student learning.  The process starts with an in depth self-study of where we stand in regards to standards established by the PYP with evidence to demonstrate our rating within each standard, and with recommendations to address areas of need.  The self-study process involves all stakeholders (students, parents, teaching staff, administrators, and Board).  As an important stakeholder, we kindly ask you to complete this PYP Parent Survey. 

Paola de Pereira
ES Principal