May 22, 2019

Dear Families,

I am watching a basketball game with my husband (not by choice;) and I am not at all drawn to the teams playing (no clue) or the score (who cares). But I am very interested in watching the teamwork. I have no idea who the star players are or their areas of expertise. Dunking? Free throws? Passing? I just see bodies running up and down the court, effortlessly, with hardly a glance, throwing the ball to a teammate. The players skip backwards and place themselves for a ball thrown their way (or not). They are always ready and constantly in position to move. They travel around the court quickly and, while they may be talking a bit, most of the communicating is through movement, watching, predicting and experience.

It is clear that they have practiced to the point that they know each other and are so tuned in to their teammates’ thinking. This is actually the behavior we work towards as a staff running a school together – and by staff, I mean all of the adults in the building. We pass your children amongst us all day. Our goal is to give consistent messages, to work off of the same playbook, to have language, expectations, reactions and responses that are so similar that our students sense the community and unity of the environment in which they spend six hours a day.

This is far from easy and, as we grow the next layer of our staff (25 new teachers!), we will be working towards this goal for another few years. Our students – and all of you – can help us reach that goal with your questions and feedback to our communications, which is always helpful. When we offer you time to meet your child’s Bungalow, when I encourage you to email with your questions, when I say we try to answer within 24 hours... it is all TRUE.

Thanks so much for reaching out, for being patient with us and for being team members. That is what makes a community.

With respect,

Jacqui

P.S. Speaking of teamwork, I want to encourage you all to pitch in and volunteer and/or buy tickets to some of the MANY events set for the final weeks of school. I know we’re all tired, and the summer is just around the corner, but we really need YOUR HELP to get us to the finish line. Please click on the links below to see what’s coming up… or get details in our weekly newsletter!

Volunteer here:

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