Dear Parents and Guardians,
Two of Country Parkway’s largest assets are our dedicated teachers and our incredible diversity. Students will have the opportunity to say the announcements in a language other than English, parents and students will be invited to share part of their culture in school, and in late January we will hold our annual International Night. Details will be forthcoming . . . stay tuned! We are so grateful to all the parents who are so supportive in these activities. It is so critical that children at a young age gain an appreciation for the diversity found in their community. Ultimately, we want students to come away with the knowledge that we are more alike than unlike in this world!
One of Country Parkway’s goals this year is to fully implement the Units of Study of Teachers’ College, also known as Reading and Writing Workshop. The workshop model is an incredibly powerful structure that incorporates research-based best practices into your child’s literacy development. Students have access to books that are a “just right fit” for them, they get to choose what they want to read and write about, and there is a significant amount of time that children are engaged in reading and writing during the school day. We have committed to implementing five units over the course of the year. We will be ending our second unit in early December and launching our third unit shortly thereafter. The results have been overwhelmingly positive very early into our implementation. Student engagement and enthusiasm is optimized in the classroom. While children are reading and writing independently, teachers are working with small groups of children within their classroom to provide explicit, tailored instruction to what that child needs to progress in his or her learning. It is, in essence, on-demand teaching. This model of teaching takes a tremendous amount of work on the part of the teachers in order to implement it effectively. My sincere appreciation to all our teachers who have embraced this new style of literacy instruction and for valuing genuine and powerful learning.
I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season. While it can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of this time of year, it is my sincere wish that you are able to slow down and appreciate the important things in your life.
Thank you for being such a supportive community. I am truly fortunate to be the leader of Country Parkway.
Proudly Your Principal,