Directors Letter Spring 2015

March, 2015

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that this school year will soon reach its final days, and that we are already planning for next school year. The enrollment packets for next year will be going out this week. Please return the completed forms by April 1st with all required documents. Also, if your child will not be returning to our schools, we need you to complete the section with the last day of attendance and return that by April 1st. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions: 777-1600.

Each year we assess the academic achievements of our elementary students using the WRAT-4. This test is given without the students being prepared to take it, so it is truly a reflection of their academic abilities. I am pleased to report that our students have done very well. Parents will receive a copy of the results during parent/teacher conferences. If you are not having a conference, they will be sent home with report cards.

Spring Festival Dragon Next school year we will increase Mandarin classes to twice a week. We are still working out the details with Ms. Tina and will let you know before the beginning of the school year the final schedule. Not everyone has linguistic abilities, and foreign languages can be challenging to learn, but they remain an important task for brain development. Additionally, it gives our students the great opportunity to learn about different cultures. On February 19th we celebrated the Chinese New Year. The upper elementary students built a beautiful Dragon, while the lower elementary students and Kindergarteners made masks and noise makers. We played games and tried out some food prepared by Ms. Tina. It was a wonderful celebration!
2015 State Robotics TeamWe will be adding a new Robotic teacher to our team. Ms. aMandaline will join Evan and Katie to teach our elementary students. Evan will primarily work with the First Lego League team, and conduct the after school Robotic program. The FLL team did extremely well at the State competition. They were rewarded for their hard work with winning the Gracious Professionalism Award in the core values category.
Mobious Science Center Field TripOur elementary students had several field trips this school year. Ms. Darlene’s class recently went the Bird Museum & Invention center located in Sagle. This proved to be a wonderful experience for the students, as there is an impressive collection of planes and inventions. Ms. Alysha’s class went to the Mobius science center, which will soon move to a new location in Spokane.
Everyone had a great time, including the parents who volunteered to help out. A big thanks to all the parents who are able to assist us with field trips…
class photoMeanwhile, at Circle of Care, Ms. Mary’s students are hard at work to prepare for their Kindergarten transition. Parents are often asking if 3 days a week will be enough for kindergarten attendance. I would recommend that you discuss this with Ms. Mary. For some children 3 days is enough, and for others full time is really recommended. [
St Patty's DayNow on another hand, in Ms. Shannon’s classroom the focus is currently on catching that little Leprechaun… Every year the effort falls short but maybe this is the year…
Please note that we will most likely rotate the classrooms at Circle of Care in June. We will let you know as we get closer. Also we will be switching rooms between the Toddlers and Pre-K. We typically have more students in the Pre-K classroom, so it does make sense to make the change.

Spring pictures are right around the corner, and scheduled for early May. These will include classroom pictures as well as individual pictures for those who want them. We will have more information out very soon. The Lifetouch Picture team will take the pictures of the children at the Circle of Care and A Developing Mind.

Ms. Darlene will have a presentation on the Montessori education this June, we will email you the date and time as soon as possible.

The themed weeks for the summer program at A Developing Mind will be coming out in May. If you have ideas or areas of expertise that you would like to donate, please let us know.

We all strive to provide your children with the best of care and education. If at any time you do have ideas, concerns, or questions, please always feel free to contact me. I can be reached at: (208)777-1600, or email: fssofni@msn.com

Sincerely,
Pascale Cafferty