1. Parent Council Meeting
Ms. Speck presented what each grade at the Manning is doing in science this year and gave us some examples of how students have used the outdoor classroom and enjoyed experiential learning.
In most classes, the FOSS science kits are used, but there are a few classes using the Carolina Biological kits. Links to the websites of both programs are below and these sites include information about the activities and ways that families can extend learning.NOTE: the Carolina site correlates to the 3rd edition of lessons while the BPS still uses the 2nd.
2. Academic Rigor
- Communicate standards with families more clearly
- More explicit interventions for supporting students
- Honest assessment of how to build academic rigor and effects +/- of inclusion environment
- Consensus about what individualized instruction means
3. School Committee News
Last newsletter, we updated you a little on the progress towards expansion. There is even more information in the Site Council Minutes.
Without a doubt, one highlight of the past two weeks was the group of parents who attended the School Committee meeting. Raynah T., the parent of a 4th grader spoke eloquently and passionately about our school. You can view her two minutes of fame in the BPS video. Raynah’s comments are at 50:30 (approx). I give you fair warning: the writer of this newsletter was in tears.
The second highlight is that Mr. Mitchell was appointed to the District-wide Inclusion Committee. This announcement can also be viewed on the School Committee video.
4. Technology News!
If you haven’t had the chance to meet Mr. Joyner, one of the new 5th grade teachers, take some time to introduce yourself. This year, Mr. Joyner is working hard to get the Manning included in a laptop program that will provide technology resources to families who don’t have access.
Part of this effort is training the students and their families on how to use the laptops.
The Parent Council is looking for parents/guardians who are interested in being on a Technology Committee to assess needs, make recommendations, and strategize for training.
Please contact Anna Litten if you are interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Nurse Joan Needs Clorox Wipes and Tissues!
On your next trip to Costco, BJs, Roche Brothers, or wherever you choose to shop, please consider picking up an extra box of tissues or wipes to donate to the nurse’s office. As winter and flu season are upon us, these are critical supplies!
6. School Tours
Volunteers are always needed!
12/3 5:30-7:30 pm
12/19 7-8:30 am
7. Parent Council
Keep informed about what’s going on in the parent community and at school events!
Use the link below to read the Parent Council Meeting minutes.
DON’T FORGET: Everyone is a member of the Parent Council.