We started off with a visit from a group of teachers from Myanmar seeking a better understanding of progressive education and Dale Jones who was hosting the teachers and is next week’s guest speaker. Alicia led the tour and was excited to learn from them too. One thing that we are going to explore is giving teachers time to visit their colleagues’ classrooms. We offer many varied strengths and it makes sense to learn from one another.
Superintendent visits McAuliffe
On Tuesday, our Superintendent, Dr. Craig Baker, joined us for the afternoon. We started with a brown bag session with parents, followed it up with a tour of our campus where we visited all of our classrooms, and then wrapped up the afternoon with a staff meet and greet.
One of the things that I have really appreciated about our conversations is his constant attention on what is best for students. He has a mind for the budget and has been clear about where we are fiscally and has revenue generating ideas. He is also already focused on being proactive and collaborative with parents, teachers, and administrators. These are exciting and needed, but it is his mindset around students and what is best for them that resonates so powerfully with me and many of the parents and teachers I spoke with after our conversations.
Field trips and class news updates coming your way!
Some of our students are at Astro Camp this week while others travelled to San Juan Bautista and Monterey Historic Park. And that reminds me! At our emergency PFG meeting last week, the parents agreed to share stories from our classes every other newsletter. This begins next week and we are all excited to hear about the many learning experiences taking place around campus! Stay tuned!
All Community Meeting This Tuesday November 14 at 7-9pm
This is an important time for us to come together and learn new ideas and discuss critical issues. While we are all committed to attending this annual event, it’s important to know that your participation in this meeting benefits everyone in the community as we all learn and grow together as friends and parents!
This year we have a very special guest speaker and his topic is “Parenting for Optimal Child Wellness”.
Our talk will look at how parenting affects the emotional health of our children, and will include strategies for improving your child’s “wellness” in the face of increasing societal stress. There will be plenty of opportunities for dialogue with the presenter and your fellow audience members.
ABOUT OUR PRESENTER:
Our special guest presenter is none other than Dale Jones. Dale is a leader in the progressive education movement, long-time educator, and former principal of and parent at McAuliffe School.