May 13, 2019

Dear Families,

First off, a quick reminder to join us at our PTA meeting this Wednesday, May 15, at 8:45am in the Library. This is your last chance to nominate yourself (or a friend!) for a position on next year’s PTA Executive Board or School Leadership Team. Both of these groups are so important as we build our school together. Please consider running – push yourself! We’ll also be looking at the proposed PTA budget for 2019-20. And, of course, there’s always delicious coffee, bagels and yogurt shots!

I was so impressed when I saw the number of parents who are joining us for Career Days this week. Almost 40 of you have answered our request and are coming in to inspire our students. When we did this last year, I was a bit skeptical. Many of us were not sure that students would be moved by listening to adults talk about a variety of careers. But the students LOVED it – they were so polite and interested and motivated. The gym was filled with raised hands and questions and comments.

I am so excited for Wednesday and Thursday this week, when we do it all over again! These events serve to open up the world of possibilities for our students. They see stereotypes broken and passionate adults, they rethink definitions of careers and, maybe, get a glimpse into their future selves.

We want our children prepared with 21st century skills:

  1. Critical thinking
  2. Creativity
  3. Collaboration
  4. Communication
  5. Information literacy
  6. Media literacy
  7. Technology literacy
  8. Flexibility
  9. Leadership
  10. Initiative
  11. Productivity
  12. Social skills

If you did not sign up for this year’s Career Day, feel free to visit and enjoy – and maybe you will sign up next year! Thanks to all of you who are joining us. And thanks to Val (7th grade science teacher) for organizing!

With respect,