We are so excited to invite all elementary families and friends to our 2017-18 ES Winter Projects Fair and Breakfast on Thursday, March 1 from 8:00am-11:00am, in the elementary wing. The children have been busy getting their projects and checklists ready for you, and are so proud to show you all that they have learned during the winter months in their classrooms.
Working in collaboration, elementary students, parents, and classroom teachers determine three individual goals for each child to achieve during the school year. Goals are designed to be developmentally appropriate for each child and may encompass the following categories: Social, Academic, and Organizational. We believe that the need to reflect on our experiences, as individuals, and as a community, is essential to our continued growth.
Documentation of children’s learning is gathered in portfolios that include goals, rubrics, anecdotal records, samples of children’s work, and assessment–formative and summative. Both teacher and child share in the process of selecting material for portfolios, which provides abundant opportunities for self-assessment and conversations. This reflection leads to realistic and meaningful feedback about the achievement for both current and future learning expectations. Building the portfolio is an ongoing process throughout the school year, and the student and classroom teacher may submit entries. It enables children to construct for themselves an authentic and lasting sense of personal value and competence.
Spring Shared Conferences
Unlike typical Parent-Teacher Conferences, Rectory's Spring Shared Conferences include and are led by the children. Looking through the portfolio with their parents and teacher during Spring Shared Conferences allows our students to reflect on their work, notice what has changed, and look ahead and plan for what still needs to be done.
The Elementary School parents help organize after school activities to enjoy each others company outside the classroom. Building a sense of community is a central part of our vision at Rectory, as we believe that our children will thrive when we behave with understanding, kindness, compassion, and the belief that we share responsibility for one other's well-being.
This Fall, the grade 2-3 classroom studied Habitats as their science theme and to connect to their learning, Ms. Coren and Mr. Williamson planned a field trip to the Harvard Museum of Natural History, in Cambridge, MA.
This year's MLK Day was embraced by the elementary community with the intent to teach our children that although they are little, they have the power to share kindness and make the world a better place.