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Week of November 6
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Dear Blue School Families,

This coming Thursday evening and during the day on Friday, almost everyone at Blue School will take part in conferences, many of which will be led by children. This is a practice that allows our students to consider where they are, where they want to be and to share their progress and goals with you. We start this ritual at a young age so that every student at Blue School understands their learning belongs to them. Over the years, we’ve used this article as a resource as we approach family conferences.  While not all students will be leading their conferences this week and not all conferences will look like this article, I think it is a good piece to share with you to frame your experience during family conferences.

Speaking of family, if you have not already, please make plans for your child’s grandparents or other grand-friends to join us at Blue School during the week right after Thanksgiving. It will be an amazing week here at Blue School; Book Fair, many author visits, Grandfriends Day, and the kick off of our busy month of December, culminating with our Winter Celebration of Children’s Work just before the vacation. See the details below, and invite Blue School grandfriends as soon as you can!

-- Allison 

Blue School Snapshots


News & Weekly Recap


 

From the Admissions Office

The primary way that families find out about Blue School is through word of mouth.  Please spread the word to your friends and leave Blue School postcards at your favorite shops, playspaces, cafes, doctors offices and bookstores. You can pick up postcards in the admissions office on the first floor.

Sibling Applications:
Sibling applications are due December 1st, but we appreciate you submitting them as soon as possible.  You will be asked to bring your child for a playgroup (2s-Ks) or student visit (1st grade and up).  You do not have to tour or come to a parent interview, although we’re more than happy to set up a time for you to tour if you would like!

Current Parent Tours:
Although we do have program information sessions for current families on the calendar, that include tours of the primary program and the middle school, please know that you are welcome to reach out to Dawn in the admissions office for individual current parent tours at any time.

Tuition Assistance:
Families applying for tuition assistance must submit their tuition assistance applications by December 15th. If you have any questions about the tuition assistance applications or the tuition assistance process, don’t hesitate to reach out to Dawn. Please note that this year all pieces of your TA application must be uploaded into SSS including the Blue School TA application and appropriate tax forms by December 15th.

How Are We Doing on the Annual Fund Drive?

Thank you to those families and employees who have already donated to the Annual Fund as well as those who have already expressed their commitment to support it. As stated in our kick off, (click here to read) we are looking for 100 percent meaningful giving to help fund innovation at Blue School.

Faculty are at about 90 percent participation and families are at about 10 percent. If we count gifts received, we are at 18 percent of our goal of raising $300,000 through the Annual Fund this year. 

When you visit school for conferences later this week, please think about dropping off your check at the front desk. We will have remit envelopes available there or you can always donate online by clicking here.

We hope to reach 100 percent participation by the end of the calendar year. 

Pre-Primary Roundtable
Wednesday, November 9
Activity Space, 9-10 AM

Meaningful Messages: The Development of Early Literacy

Please join Laura Sedlock, Director of the Pre-Primary Division for a talk on the process of learning to read and write is about much more than learning the alphabet or letter sounds. It has multiple dimensions, and is built on a foundation of many different skills and understandings that children develop from an early age. Laura will discuss and show examples of how early literacy is approached in the Pre-Primary classrooms, based on an understanding of literacy learning as a process of discovery that comes alive through a sense of meaning and purpose.

Blue School Elevator Pitch 
Monday, November 14
Space TBD, 9:15-9:30 AM

Join us following Community Meeting on 11/14 for 15 minutes to finesse your Blue School elevator pitch. Lilah Fisher Wise, James David and Dawn Williams will provide you with simple talking points as well as materials to share with your friends!  

Stomping Ground Order Deadline

Order your Picture Day prints by this Thursday, November 10th for free shipping to Blue School! To view your proofs, visit shop.stompinggroundphoto.com and enter your child's online code (full first name and 6 digit date of birth). Contacthelp@stompinggroundphoto.com if you need assistance with the ordering process.

Poetry Day at Community Meeting

The first Poetry Day at Community Meeting, for children in 4/5s through second grade, will be Monday, November 14!

This will be an opportunity for interested children to share a memorized poem with the Community.   Parents, please note that these can be nursery rhymes and original poems, as well as poems with authors. If children are memorizing poems attributed to authors, it's really lovely if they are able to tell the poet's name as well.   Preparing for Poetry Day is a great opportunity to spend some time with your child reading through poetry books and choosing and practicing a poem together.

Community Parade: Call to Action!

Calling all musical parents! If you play guitar, ukelele, mandolin, accordion, or any other (portable) acoustic accompanying instrument, the Blue School Community Parade wants YOU! If you're interested in lending your talent on November 22nd's Community Parade and to help lead some songs at the conclusion of the parade, please email Anne at annec@blueschool.org.

Grandfriends' Gathering Save the Date:

Please save the date! Blue School’s annual Grandfriends' Gathering will be Friday, December 2. More information to come!


Upcoming Events


 

No School
Election Day
Tues. 11/8

Pre-Primary Roundtable
Wed. 11/9
9 AM

Photo Retakes
Thur. 11/10

Pre-Primary Parent Teacher Conferences/
Primary Family Conferences

Thur. 11/10, 5 - 7 PM
Fri. 11/11, all day (NO CLASSES - Also, Veteran's Day)

Elevator Pitch Practice
Mon. 11/14
9 - 9:15 am

Middle School Info Session
Wed. 11/16
9 - 10 am

Early Childhood Talk with Wanda
Thur.  11/17
9 - 10 am

6th Grade Publishing Celebration
Fri. 11/18
12:50 pm

 


Reminders

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