ES Jan9

During the break, I know that you have enjoyed time with your children, have been marveled with their talents, with their growth and have enjoyed their laughter and their unconditional love for you... and are probably feeling pretty grateful for all the blessings in your life. We are certainly feeling grateful for the amazing opportunity that you give us to learn with your children.  Each one of our students brings a personal story of childhood that inspires us.  

You have probably already received many beautiful wishes for a 2019 year filled with happiness, and we also want to send ours to each of our families.  Enjoy every moment and may your 2019 resolutions be focused on health, family and love.

This week, 5th graders will begin to take work to do at home.  This more formal approach to home-learning will support their transition into MS where research shows that there is a positive correlation between homework and student performance.  Because this correlation has proven to be minimal in elementary grades, we moved away from traditional homework four years ago.  Inspiration projects (see inquiry corner below) are intended to support home learning for younger students where they use their understanding and skills to solve, create and showcase.

Here are some important events coming up:
January 10, 2019 - Visitors from Melbourne University’s, Australia-Latin America Training Academy (ALATA) will visit our division to learn about our approach to inclusion.  ALATA is working with the Ecuadorian government to provide training for inclusive practices in the public school sector.  

January 10, 2019 - PTSA meeting - all parents are invited at 2 p.m. We will not hold a parent rep meeting for elementary this month.  We will hold our regular meeting in February.

January 11, 2019 - Sweet morning charities from 7:30 to 8 a.m. in the HS Cafeteria - all members are invited to stop by this student-led coffee shop that runs every Friday.  Profits are use to support projects by Fundacion Reina de Quito that works with children with Down Syndrome.

January 14-18, 2019 - MAP Testing for grades 3 - 5

January 15, 2019 - Professional Development Day - Half-Day for students, with dismissal at noon.

January 17, 2019 - Inspiration Projects Showcase - 8:15 a.m.

January 18, 2019 - PK & K Pajama Day

Inquiry Corner
Welcome back, and may this 2019 be filled with learning! An integral part of Inquiry is finding our personal passions and following up on them.  Children at AC follow the design cycle to create projects based on their passions.  You can support your child by:

1. What interests do you have?  What problems do you want to solve?
2. How does this passion impact yourself, the community, the world?
3. Research, learn, ask, take notes.
4. Experiment, try, create
5. Evaluate and reflect

Paola de Pereira
Elementary Principal