Elections and voting time are wonderful learning opportunities for students. Please take the time to talk with your child about various propositions on the ballot, the pros and cons of each, why people might have differing (yet valid) points of view about the options, and (if you feel it is appropriate) your opinions and thinking about each. Also, thinking about the philosophies and beliefs of those who want to be of service in elected positions, what those jobs entail (responsibilities and privileges) and how the various branches of government work are timely topics. Take them with you to vote and let them see the process. Interview a poll worker. Above all, VOTE!
Here are a few highlights from our week and things for the radar:
Not signed up for SLCs, yet? Make an appointment here. Reminder: Students will be expected to share about the project they are presenting at Exhibition during their SLC. They do not need to have completed the project but should be able to share the topic, what they have done, so far and what they are thinking of sharing at Exhibition (and how).
Field Trips: It was great to have so many Collaborative families at Polliwog Park on Thursday. Our next field trip will be to see the King Tut exhibit and Mysteries of Egypt IMAX movie at the Science Center. Sign ups have closed and we look forward to seeing everyone who signed up. All of our field trips for the remainder of 2018 have been scheduled and announced. See previous posts, the Calendar page and the Sign Ups page for more info.
2019 Field Trips: Please let me or Jennifer know if you have a suggestion for a field trip, hike or social activity for the new year. We are starting to work on the schedule and would appreciate your input!
Robotics: This week we started building robots in small teams. Fun with block programming, WeDo robots and EV3 robots. I have a real appreciation for how our kids work together and learn from each other. They are an amazing group! And many thanks to all of the participating parents. Next week, we will continue learning the ins and outs of the robots. After Thanksgiving, we will begin working on the First Lego League and First Lego League Jr. challenges for the season.
Professional Development: Did you ever wonder what happens on those days on the calendar labeled "professional development?" While each one is different, they entail a full day of staff engagement in workshops and/or meetings (within Connect or Da Vinci-wide) focusing on topics such as: planning robust learning and support experiences for our students and families, connecting our community, developing systems that support our programs, reflecting upon and honing all that we do and sharing our best practices. These are intensive work days for us and so important for our success. They help us to stay tightly connected and on the same page. We know that it can be inconvenient for families to have workshops, co-ops, office hours, etc. unavailable on PD days and appreciate the gift of the time.
Lastly, I am uploading photos to the Photos page tonight, so you might want to check out what's new.