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Oct' 2013 Issue

Parent Café Now Open for ALL Parents

 

After moving from one part of the building to the room attached to the cafeteria, the Parent Café is once again open for all parents to enjoy. 

 

Hello one and all, come and check out our new Parent Café.  This room is for all of you parents.  You can use it to meet other parents or to plan how to help your child at school. You can use it to read about our school.  You can use it to hold school-related parents meetings such as SSC, Parent Association, and ELAC.  Or you can use it to merely to enjoy a cup of coffee with your fellow volunteers during your break time and discuss how to support our school.

 

On Thursday, Oct. 31 @ 8:45-9:30 am, we are planning to inaugurate the Parent Café by having our fist Principal’s Tea.  Parents, come and join us for pastries and tea with the Principal.  You can also bring and share your favorite pastries.  There is no formal agenda.  Topics we will discuss will be your own questions. So, save the date and plan to attend.  It is my hope that you will join me for tea, pastry and lovely conversation about our wonderful school community.

 

Increasing academic achievement

 

Fall is a new academic beginning for students, teachers, school staff and parents.  It’s the time when we reflect and re-evaluate last year’s work, and then focus on opportunities for improvements, with the objective of doing better this year. 

 

As we embark on an exciting school year, and as previously shared in our September issue, we have set the following goals for our school:   academic achievement, increased attendance, positive school climate, and increase community involvement. 

 

Last issue focused on attendance.  This issue will focus on Academic Achievement

                                           

  1. Increase academic excellence.  This can be accomplished by:

 

  • Challenging students by providing them with rigorous Common Core standards-based instruction.  Our focus this year is on Writing.  Students will  be spending between 30 to 50 minutes daily writing in the classroom, depending on grade level.  Parents, you can help at home by asking your child to write a minimum of 15 minutes daily. A journal could be a wonderful way to encourage writing..

 

  • Students focusing on learning, completing their assignments and becoming proficient and responsible citizens. 

 

  • Coming to school on time and on a regular basis.

 

  • Parents supporting their students and the school by getting them to school on time on a daily basis, by helping them with their home assignments, by providing students with a quiet place at home to complete their homework, by developing a daily routine for the child, and by asking the students to read at least 20-30 minutes before bedtime daily.

 

  • Parents may also want to volunteer at school and help the child’s teacher in various other ways.  Please contact your child’s teacher for ways to help in the classroom.

 

It is our hope that every member of the school community will become part of this goal, and work together to implement this objective, by doing their share in improving our school and helping students achieve their highest potential.   

 

 

Responsible Students become

Successful  Students

 

According to the Parent Institute, 2009, successful students practice what they call the Seven Habits of Highly Responsible students. Responsible students tend to do well at school. Below are seven habits that help students achieve at school.

 

  1. Responsible students set goals.

 

  • Goals help students stay focused on what needs to be accomplished.  For example, if they want to get good grades, they know that they must study. Knowing what to do will help them to become more focused and avoid irresponsible behaviors.

 

  1. Responsible students use their time wisely and are organized.

 

  • In order to use time wisely, one needs to plan.  Students need to use a calendar to put due dates in so that school work is completed and turned in on time.  This takes organization.

 

  1. Responsible students plan and set aside time to study regularly. 

 

  1. Responsible students take good notes.
  • Often times, teachers write important information on the board and share what is important.  Students who pay attention to what is being taught are more likely to remember what they learned, or to go back to their notes to study and remind themselves of the instruction.

 

  1. Responsible students bring their tools to school.
  • In any profession, employees bring their tools to work.  A doctor uses a stethoscope to do his job. A student’s job is to be a student.  A student must bring his/her tools to school to be ready to learn. A student’s tools include notebooks, pen, pencils, paper, etc.

 

  1. Responsible students keep their commitments to others and to themselves.  Students who signed up for a project, for example, must complete the project on time.

 

  1. Responsible students prepare for what they need ahead of time.
  • For example, instead of rushing to complete a project on the morning of the day it’s due, a responsible student plans and creates a timeline to help him/her budget his/her time wisely so that he/she can complete his/her assignment on time.  Other habits that can help could be as simple as getting clothes ready the night before, putting assignments in back pack the night before, and making lunch the night before.

 

Research shows that if a person repeats an action for 21 consecutive days, it can become a habit.  Boys and girls, we are challenging to try these the next 21 days and see what happens.  Have fun practicing.  You have a lot to gain!  You can do it!  Boys and girls, let’s set this goal together, let’s work together in making you become successful students and increase academic performance, and provide opportunities for a better future!

 

 Faith Ringgold, An EXTRA Ordinary School

             

 

People ask who we are.  The answer is that Faith Ringgold is a school where rigorous Common Core standards-based Language Arts and Mathematics curricula are implemented in the classrooms on a daily basis.  This year, our focus is on Writing. Science, Social Studies, Arts, Music, PE are integrated within the curricula.

 

But to fully answer this question, one must think of Leonardo Da Vinci, a Renaissance man:  engineer, inventor, scientist, artist, and more. MichaelAngelo learned and taught others about the world around him through the lenses of an artist and a scientist.  Faith Ringgold is sort of like that.  We aim to be a project-based, hands-on learning school where we implement and deliver a curriculum with a strong emphasis on and integration of subjects with the Performing Arts (dance, music and drama), Visual Arts (drawing), and Science (hands-on).  Over the last few years, students have enjoyed drawing, writing poetry, pottery, crafts, ballroom dancing, hula, Tahitian dancing, playing the ukulele, drama, sports, film making, etc. during “Science and Arts Block” sessions once a week.  Students really enjoy and look forward to this portion of the week.

 

Currently, during Science/Art Blocks, one of the blocks integrates the study of dance and movement with physiology and physics and creation of simple machines. Another class integrates Science and Singing by having music with content about tide pools and salt marshes.  The Seasonal Science/Art block class integrates culturally sensitive art themes with science content.  For example, in the Fall, in October, students will be creating artwork related to Anatomy and the human skeleton. Another example, in the winter, studies of icicle formation may be included in the lessons.  In the upper grade, Biology/physical sciences and visual arts will be integrated with their garden and horticultural projects.  Another block incorporates arts and singing with Astronomy.  Future Art blocks in the process of creation are ukulele and hula classes.

 

We also have instrumental music and vocal/choir music on a pull out basis for the students in Grades 5 to 8.

 

We have an active Student Council and Student Leadership Club with students who are involved in public speaking.  The afterschool Drama Club enjoys working on mini-skits and presenting them to their peers.

 

Our teachers are all very talented and special, each possessing unique talents that make them well-qualified educators here at Faith Ringgold. In addition to being highly qualified individuals, they are creative accomplished artists, poets, crafters, actresses, musicians, dancers, writers, and “scientists.”  

 

We have students from Kindergarten through Eight Graders.  The classrooms consist of an average of 20:1 student to teacher ratio for the primary students and 23 on average for the upper grades. 

 

At our special school, we enjoy and value high parent participation.  Our parents are very active and involved in our school and classrooms. We love seeing and working with our parents.  With parent support, each classroom has opportunities to participate in numerous study trips.  Last year, and in years before that, students from our school had opportunities to participate in approximately six standards-based study trips per year.  Students benefited from outdoor learning and rich educational experiences gained from these standards-based and grade level standards-correlated study trips.  With tremendous parent and community support, past study trips have included trips to the Nutcracker Ballet, Cable Cars Museum, Chinatown, Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Exploratorium, Chabot Space Center, theaters, UC Berkeley, As Games at the Coliseum, Ardenwood Farm, Pumpkin Patch Farms, The Egyptian Museum in San Jose, Great America, Santa Cruz Board Walk, Science Camp and much, much, more.  Students have learned tremendously from these unforgettable and remarkable study trips. 

 

There are many more reasons why our school is unique and different from other schools.  We are all humbled and honored to be a part of this wonderful school.  Students take pride in attending Faith Ringgold.          

                                                                                              

DATES TO REMEMBER

Oct. 16

SSC, SBDM

Oct. 28

ELAC

Nov. 1

Staff Professional Development Day, No School for students

Nov. 11

Veterans’ Day

Nov. 15

Trimester Ends.

Nov. 25-29

Thanksgiving Break

December 3-5

Parent conferences, minimum days

December 6

Parent conference, no school

 Dec. 23-Jan. 3

Winter Recess