We've gotten off to a great start in 2017, with some rigorous academic challenges and exciting enrichment opportunities, including our Dreambox Road Trip, performance of Aesop's Fables, Critters in Our Community, Hibernation, and most recently, our Math Sprint, where our entire school community came together to practice our math skills! As has been our custom, we chose a theme for the sprint, and this time it was the Caribbean. Ms. Thames led students through their roles as tourists while they completed their math exercises, and Mr. Craig and I concluded with a rendition of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds," which carries the message: "Don't worry about a thing, because every little thing is going to be alright." Our students loved it, and we had many more commendations from staff and parents than I would have expected.
When we planned for this sprint, theme, and song, we had not considered that our song might be taken for anything other than a reward for the children for their hard work, and a reassurance that effort pays off. Yet in several parent conversations, it became clear that it is not only our children who can use a little reassurance.
As a school community, we stand for inclusion, equity, and safety for all. We believe in and act under the premise that every child deserves an education and a school experience that is responsive, appropriate, and fulfilling, and that every parent should be welcomed and valued in our collective work. Regardless of any other developments, we will continue to welcome, value, and support all of our families.
Frank Yanoti, Ed. D.