Dear Stratton families:
We (almost) made it! Today was a very strong example of how this special year has unfolded: our new kindergarten parents were meeting with me and the PTO leadership in the much smaller and hot cafeteria, while current kindergarten students walked up the stairs behind us to do programming in the 'music room' (read: stage with a temporary wall), all while we say good-bye to our 5th graders heading out to Canobie Lake, and the lunch schedule gets rearranged for our author visit from Matt Tavares, which will happen very soon in that very same cafeteria! I can say with confidence that we got through this unusual year with much success, with opportunities and strengthening experiences we might not have otherwise have had. Although the whole community is very much looking forward to moving back, I believe that we are a deeper community because of having faced this challenge together. I want to thank all of you for your patience and flexibility, and of course also the faculty, who did some things I saw, but many, many more things I did not see to make sure this was a successful year of thriving for all of their students. Stay tuned for news of a family tour of the new building before the start of the next school year! In the meantime, please enjoy this special time of year, and pop by and say hello - once the construction fencing comes down!
all my very best,
An unrelated item is the following link to an article I published recently with a colleague from Lesley and Harvard's Graduate Schools of Education. It concerns methods for cultivating habits of democratic citizenship in early childhood classrooms. Please let me know what you think if you have a moment. The actual text of the article is NOT all these pages; lots of appendices!
I won't be writing again until after the break, so I wish everyone some fun and rest over the holidays. And thank you to the PTO for hosting lunch this Friday - the faculty so appreciate it!
Under construction! Please see PTO website for an updated calendar!
The Stratton renovation advisory group met in early October to discuss topics relating to both the modular classrooms and the new Stratton building coming in 2017. The minutes from that meeting and previous meetings can be seen below.
October, 2016 Meeting Notes:
January, 2016 Meeting Notes:
December, 2015 Meeting Notes:
November, 2015 Meeting Notes:
Not an Arlington Public Schools official web page.