Reflections from Katie: September 2018

What is School Home Partnership Night?

It’s happening next week! Wednesday, September 26th, 5:30-7:30PM. 
Read on for specific information.

At Cambridgeport, we truly believe that we can do our best work as educators when we work in partnership with families. The purpose of School Home Partnership Night is to provide time and space for families as a group to form partnerships with one another and also to form partnerships with the classroom teacher and specialist teachers.  

The structure of the evening is quite simple (though admittedly more complex if you have multiple children who are relatively close in age). The evening starts with a period of time (5:30-6:15) in which teachers in the younger grade classrooms (JK-2nd grade) are holding whole group sessions for families. These sessions vary from classroom to classroom in terms of the ways partnership is built, but in each of them, teachers will share information about what will be happening in the classroom throughout the course of the year. This information helps families be partners.

In the middle portion of the evening (6:15-6:45) families are invited to meet the range of specialist teachers who work with your children. These teachers will be set up at tables in the gym, and will be able to share some of the bigger picture information about how they work with your children. Here you will find our new art and PE teachers, Mr. Wynn and Mr. Lore. You will also find our music teacher, Mr. Mooney, our new librarian, Emily Litman, our technology teacher, Heather French, as well as our special education team and other educators who work with students throughout the building in various roles (ESL, Early Literacy, Coaching, etc). There will also be some light snacks in the gym.

The last portion of the evening (6:45-7:30) is classroom presentations for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms. These sessions will be similar to the sessions the JK-2nd grade teachers did in the earlier portion of the evening.

For those with multiple children in different rooms, or those who have other time conflicts, you are welcome to stop by the classroom during a time when the presentations are not in session. However, this is really just a time to gather information. Teachers won’t be doing any kind of formal presentation at this time, and at the same time, it isn’t a good time for private conversations about your child because the setting isn’t private.

Childcare is offered in the cafeteria. There tends to be a large number of children at this event, and while we have amazing teachers who make a great time of it, it tends to be a little bit hectic and perhaps overstimulating for some children.  

I hope this gives you a sense of how the evening will go, and I look forward to seeing everyone there!
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