Our philopsophy encourages active communication and relationship building with our families. We strive to connect with families as they are an intrical part of every student's growth and our school community.
Because our approach places strong emphasis on family and community, we provide ample opportunity for families to participate in their child’s education. We host a variety of family-oriented events throughout the school year, including seasonal events such as Gingerbread Jam, Thanksgiving pot-luck, an fall festival, end of year picnic and more. Twice a year, families are required to meet with teachers in a family-teacher conference forum. Families are also encouraged to particpate in 'expert' visits to enhance our project currriculum, purchase books through Scholastic Books, and network with other families through the school famliy directory. This is published at the beginning of the school year.
We will be launching 'The Read Across Campus" program in conjunction with our Little Free Library, where families are free to take a book and leave a book for at-home reading with their child. This is an extension project to our school wide Family Reading Program and is a collaboration with Cook Library. The Little Free Library will help to encourage literacy, engage the families in the relationships which occur while reading, and promote a love of books for all.
Our Family Reading Program started small as an extension of our collaboration as a test site for the VIOLETS (The Vocabulary Improvement and Oral Language Enrichment through Stories) curriculum from Ready At Five. Ready At Five is a dynamic statewide organization that elevates the discussion, practice, and quality of early childhood education in Maryland. We have experienced such positive feedback that we are expanding the Reading Program school wide for all of our families. Your child will choose a book bag twice a month and bring it home to share with their family. There are extension activities included and Family resources to extend the fun for all!