Hello Lower Devo Families and Friends,
We hope that this finds you well and having had some time over the long weekend to connect with loved ones as well as read and play outside with each other. October is busy month with many community wide and classroom specific events. Please be sure to pay extra close attention to announcement and our community calendar so that you are able to engage with our school community.
Kindergarten Independence Day
Monday October 16th marks the exciting day when our kindergarten students will begin entering the building on their own. Staff members will be in the stairwell and at the doorway helping support the transition. If you think your child might have a hard time with the transition you might try a gradual release this week walking them to the top of the stairs, then half way, then to the bottom, etc.
Snuggle Up and Read Community Night
Tomorrow, Wednesday October 11th, from 6:00 - 7:00p join us at the Community Room on 55 Egmont Street for our first monthly community event. This month we are celebrating reading! Students should bring an adult or older sibling and a favorite book. Feel free to arrive in your pajamas so you can snuggle up with friends and read. Teachers from Lower Devo will also be there sharing favorite stories as read alouds.
Providing Feedback for Devo 2.0
In the coming months we will be reaching out to families for feedback as we look to create, revise, and strengthen many of our procedures and protocols for the new building. This will be important work as we begin the processes of reuniting our Upper and Lower Devo school communities. Our school council will be working on developing ways for families to provide feedback. Please be on the lookout in the coming months for ways to participate.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions or additional feedback. We hope to see many of you tomorrow night!
Jen and Dave
Mon-Thurs: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Fri: 8:30 AM - 2:10 PM
Phone: (617) 879 - 4930
Address: 194 Boylston St., Brookline, MA 02445
Communication Tools Descibing Student Progress
First quarter Interim Progress Reports are available for students and parents/guardians on the Parent Portal as of October 12, 2017. (If you have not logged on to the portal-it is necessary to do so in order to view IPR grades and future report cards. Dates of future IPRs and report cards are below. (Please scroll all the way down)
If you have any questions about log in process, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Please know that there are no grades for art, PE, conservatory and health as they only meet either once or twice a week, and the staff is still getting to know your children. Grades for these classes will be included on the first quarter report card to be issued on the portal on November 21st.
Positive Communication: One Tool for Success
All students want to be successful. We all want our children to develop a love of learning that enables them to discover their strengths and passions as they bolster areas of development.
In an article called “The Paradox of Pushing our Kids to Succeed,“ Dr. Lynn Margolies suggests: “Our teens are embedded in a culture driven by competition and perfectionism, where by success is defined by status, performance and appearance. These values are transmitted to our children through our emotional state and through what we notice, are impressed with, and praise or discourage them in…
Pushing teens to be the best is well-intentioned…Ironically, parents’ hyper vigilance about teen’s grades and future success backfires psychologically and academically. When parents are overly invested in performance, kids are less likely to develop their own, more sustainable, motivation.
Further making the stakes too high engenders fear, leading teens to avert possible failure at all costs. This level of stress propels homework avoidance, compromises executive functions, inhibits curiosity and new challenges and increases lying.”
Both home and school supports are instrumental in the academic, social and emotional growth of every child. Throughout the year students receive reports that indicate how they are achieving at a given time. These updates are provided to communicate how students are doing in their classes and provide information to help guide discussions that focus on continued success and/or improvements in the future.
Grades 6-8 Interim Progress Reports/Report Cards:
Interim progress reports are given half way through each quarter. This is a great time to talk to your child about how he/she feels he/she is doing in each class. If he/she has concerns or questions, contacting the teacher at this point is helpful to discuss the issue and create a plan for improvement.
In addition to Interim Progress Reports, report cards are given at the end of each quarter to share with parents/guardians how their child performed during the term. It should be used as a tool to self reflect on the past term and make goals for the upcoming term.
Reviewing IPRs and report cards should be a positive and productive learning experience:
2017-2018 Interim Progress Reports and Report Card Dates for Grades 6-8
10/12/17-Term 1 IPRs-available to view on Parent Portal
11/21/17-Term 1 Report Cards- available to view on Parent Portal
12/19/17- Term 2 IPRs- available to view on Parent Portal
2/6/18- Term 2 Report Cards- available to view on Parent Portal
3/13/18- Term 3 IPRs- available to view on Parent Portal
4/26/18- Term 3 Report Cards- available to view on Parent Portal
5/22/17- Term 4 IPRs- available to view on Parent Portal
Term 4 Report Cards-Approximately 3 days after the last day of school- available to view on Parent Portal
Happy listening, talking and guiding,