Happy Rainy Friday, Families,
It’s an exciting day at Community Middle, as Friday clubs kicked off today! Social development is such an important part of the early adolescent experience, and we are constantly looking for ways to engage kids in our community, give them a space to express themselves, and explore their interests. If your child hasn’t signed up for a club yet, it’s not too late! Here’s the link. We’ll also start a few lunch groups next week, though we encourage kids to get away from the screen during lunchtime, too!
This week was all about the design process and wildflowers. Did your child share their fire escape plan with you? This weekend, look for ways that you use the design process in everyday life; do you try, fail, and try again when cooking, or training a new pet, or in your own job? That’s an important part of the work we do at Community Middle! Also be sure to ask your children about their wildflower garden plan. Yes, there are actual wildflowers involved! Today your child ordered flowers, and you can come pick them up (along with some other school supplies and lots of compost) next Friday, October 2. Sign up for a time next Friday to come pick up the materials, and let us know if these times don’t work well for you. Masks required for pick up!
This week students took reading and math MAP tests. Focusing on a 40 to 50 question assessment in school is hard, and doing it at home is a whole new challenge; congrats to our kids for hanging in there! All Albemarle County middle schools use the MAP assessment, but it’s also only one tool we use to understand what students know. I’ll share more information about what we learned with you over the coming week.
Next week our PTO will host their first meeting of the school year! We are thankful for a strong partnership between home and school, which is even more necessary than ever. We know it’s also even more helpful than before to have other parents with whom you can connect during this time. Contact Maryfrances Porter (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Fri, Oct 2, 8:30 am, PTO meeting
Fri, Oct 2, 12 – 7 pm, Wildflower and supply pick up
Thurs, Oct 8, 6:30 pm, ACPS School Board Meeting
Enjoy your weekend,
Stephanie and the Community Middle Team
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