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Principal's Message | October/November

“Empathy is putting yourself in another's shoes to find out what exactly that person is feeling or going through at the given time. It basically refers to being at a common wavelength with someone.”

Dear Parents,

As we head into our second month of school, we settle into routines, cooler days, and positive learning times. September has been a time of transitions, welcomes, and welcome backs as well as many changes. I would like to express my gratitude to all of our families as you have faced some adjustments in busses, bus stops, fee payments, and the multitude of paper work September brings. We thank you for your patience and support as we respond to the required alterations regarding transportation, and school start and end times. Thank you to all families who have sent back the forms required in the midst of a busy family month of papers – papers - papers. Now that we have most everyone’s information, we can proceed with the day to day business of teaching and learning.

We would like to thank each one of you for participating in the first Parent/Student/Teacher (PST) interviews. The Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences in late September initiated the home-school partnership and provided our teachers with further insight into each of their students. Working together in collaboration between home and school serves to support and enhance each child’s personal success. Teachers and students have been settling in; getting to know one another and building community in the classrooms. Teachers have been and will continue to contact any families who did not attend the PST conferences in September. As parents of TLC students, you have expressed your commitment and desire to work closely with staff to ensure excellence in learning and living together in Colonel Sanders TLC School. Please contact your child’s teacher, or Mrs. Schlaak and Mrs. Harms in the office, if you have any concerns or questions regarding your child’s learning. Please call your child’s teacher for help if you are not getting weekly classroom updates about learning in the classrooms.

Another important way of supporting your child’s education and school is by attending the monthly School Council meetings. School Council supports the creation of a sense of community and spirit of cooperation among teachers, students, parents and the community at large in addition to acting as an advisory group to the school administration. The next meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Thursday, November 2. There is always a principal’s report in which current topics are shared. At this meeting, we will share our upcoming School Improvement Plan based on the analysis of our data.

As a staff, we continue to reflect on our teaching practices in collaborative and connected ways. All staff members working in TLC schools belong to the TLC Community of Practice in which common resources, research, and best practices are discussed and reviewed. Gone are the days that teachers simply deliver curriculum content. Now we need to know our students, what motivates them, what engages them, and what they are curious about, all the while weaving through the Programs of Studies in appropriate and meaningful ways.

As our students in the 21st century evolve, we must ensure that we too evolve in the learning tasks we design for our learners. Students need to be involved in tasks that are engaging, active and effortful, and have them "think about their thinking".

Some of the questions you may ask your children after a day of learning are:

  • What do you now know that you didn’t know this morning?
  • How do you know that?
  • What new questions do you have now?
  • What is your next step in understanding this?
  • How did you contribute to your own learning goals today?

It is through the conversations we have with children we not only discover what it is they are learning but give them a voice in their learning so that they remain engaged and curious and look forward to each day as a learner.

I look forward to our work together in the upcoming year as together we focus on the personal success of each one of our learners.

Mrs. Harms