Dear Parents,

With a wonderful Halloween assembly, a visit to the opera, and the launch of our updated My Classrooms pages, this has been an incredible—and busy—week for us at Ancona!

As I travel in and out of classrooms and confer with teachers, I am excited about the ways students are being encouraged to explore a wide range of ideas and topics. Last Friday, I watched as Katrina and Liz facilitated an inquiry-based discussion with 7th and 8th graders using a simple slinky! Students were quite literally sitting on the edge of their seats as their teachers demonstrated an experiment that forced them to conjecture as to what might be happening and why. Check out the video below to see if you can figure it out! 

 

In one of our Creative Expression Lab (CEL) classes, also for 7th and 8th grade, Rodney, our Technology Integration Coordinator, is working with students to explore and define the concept of diversity through photography and digital storytelling. 

Elsewhere around the school, we are getting ready to send the 5th and 6th graders off to camp at Nature’s Classroom, where they will build community and explore the natural world around them. These kinds of opportunities we create for students to experience learning with all their senses are central to what we do everyday at school. 

Parent-teacher conferences are coming up soon, so do make sure you sign-up. During your conference, I encourage you to talk with teachers about how to extend learning at home. We are, after all, partners in the work. Learning at home, like learning in school, is best when the child is rooted in a context, an experience, or a story. Think about guiding your children to important pearls of wisdom by using your environment, your routines, or your practices as the frame. 

Wishing you all a joyful and warm weekend,

Nancy