Reflections from Katie: April 2, 2019

As the days get longer and the weather starts to turn warmer, it is easy to feel like we need to just keep packing more into our days. What felt like “an extra hour” a few weeks ago, now has been filled with outdoor activities and new commitments. The spring time in a school community is a busy time, and we all have to make choices about how we divide our time. We have to prioritize with the knowledge and understanding that if we can not make it to one particular event, that does not mean we are less committed or invested.

In the next few months, there will be many opportunities for you to be involved in the Cambridgeport School community. We love bringing our community together to celebrate and have fun together, and we also have some important work to do together. There will be parent conferences, there will be family movie nights, talent shows, pine car derby races, celebrations of learning, plays, and more. There will be school council meetings, there will be meetings about racism at Cambridgeport, there will be school committee meetings, and district meetings. Each of these represents a way for families and the school to work and celebrate together. We do not expect that everyone will come to everything. We recognize that beyond school there are many activities and opportunities that pull you and your family in a range of different directions.  

Most importantly, we hope that you find opportunities here at Cambridgeport support your child in their own personal growth and development, to connect with other families, and to celebrate learning. We also hope you know that your voice, your opinions, and your perspective are invaluable resources for us in our quest to always improve our ability to make a learning environment that reflects the diversity of our community.

Some people have asked me in the past to help them prioritize the various events and opportunities for engagement at the school. Anything that is going to directly impact your child’s ability to learn and grow should be your top priority. Parent conferences are the most obvious example of this. Working in partnership with your child’s teacher is critical for their success. A next level of priority would be anything that allows you to show your child how proud you are of their work and their engagement at school. This could mean finding a day you can come by the classroom at drop off time to see their writing notebook, or it could mean coming to an All School Share when they are performing. It could also mean reading with them occasionally so you can hear about how they are making sense of what they are reading, or support them in figuring out new words.  

As has probably become clear, there are many opportunities to be involved at school in the coming months. Hope to see you at our very next event, Family Movie Night, on Friday from 5:30-7:30PM.

Also, please help us continue to improve our efforts at family engagement by answering our Family Survey. Take the survey here >>
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