I want to begin by saying that I really enjoyed meeting and speaking with parents during last month's coffee chat. During that time, I shared some school-wide data and discussed key ways we are working with scholars to ensure they stay on the right track. This month, families will have even more opportunities to get involved at the following events; Family Fitness Night on 2/6, Parents & Pancakes on 2/7, the PTA's next meeting on 2/12 and our Black History Month Assembly Program & Gallery Walk on 2/28.
February is Black History Month. Scholars will learn about the contributions of Black Men and Women in the fields of music, art, sports, literature and science. On 2/28, scholars will present their projects and reports at our annual Gallery Walk. We will also have performances from Music for Many and the Dazzling Penguins. We are encouraging scholars and staff to celebrate by wearing all black with a splash of kente cloth.
Our Instructional Focus this year is student to student discourse/rich discussion. Our scholars are learning important habits of discussion such as active listening, building off of each other, responding to others' ideas, sharing and defending their ideas, explaining their thinking and inviting others to share their thinking. One way you can help us with our goal is to engage your children in discussions about events that are taking place within your family, local community or in our country. For example, right now, many scholars are asking questions about the coronavirus. Set aside 5-10 minutes each night to discuss things that are on their minds or how their day went. Talk to them about your day as well. Encourage them to ask you questions and to add on to the ideas you share.
As always, I thank you for supporting the work we do at BLES and for entrusting us with the care and education of your most precious gifts. I look forward to seeing you soon!