Over the last three weeks, our faculty had the opportunity to meet with prospective parents and we were excited at how much interest they showed, and how thoughtful their questions were. I attribute much of the large turnout to the wonderful parents and faculty who engaged our prospective parents during the tours earlier this year.
Making time to guide visitors around McAuliffe isn’t easy. Frankly, time is such a rare commodity that I wish there was a way to fabricate it. Instead we, as parents and educators, have to manage the precious resource as carefully as possible which means making hard decisions as we prioritize our day.
Tours can also be challenging for guides because standing in front of a group of strangers and sharing something that is important to you and your child(ren) can be a bit scary. Fortunately, for us, the PFG provides lots of support for new and returning tour guides and lots of opportunities to grow and learn.
JK Rowling nailed it when she wrote, “Help will always be given… [at McAuliffe] to those who ask for it.” (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows). And the beautiful thing is it’s equally true for adults and children in our community. It’s equally wonderful that help comes in various forms from all of our community members.
This past Tuesday was our last official Information Night. Both of our evening events for prospective parents were well attended and we look forward to the new class of McAuliffe families joining our community. The faculty and I want to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of our tour volunteers for their guidance and support and kind heartedness.
Next Friday, February 5, we will have a Learning Day for the staff. Our learning day will focus on Writers Workshop, our math curriculum, and our upcoming community wide meeting with Denise Pope.
In the upcoming newsletters look for more information on our science program, meeting children where they are and the importance of developmentally appropriate learning opportunities, and the value of Conflict Resolution.
Have a great weekend!