On Monday, Rectory celebrates its tenth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service with a a day of giving back to the community.
Ready to be Empowered
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.
To fend off the winter blues, Rectory School dresses up according to different themes on Fridays in the winter term to add some brightness and cheer! The first spirit day will be next Friday, January 24 and it will be class color day! Read more for grade color assignments.
The elementary faculty are always looking for new ways to connect with best practices and implement the latest research so this year, we decided to give our elementary students the opportunity to use their voice to design this year's offerings of ES MELP, Jr.
Thanks to the generosity of our friends at Pomfret School, the elementary children will bring their Movement Class over to the Jahn Rink every Tuesday in January and February. Teachers, parents, siblings, and often grandparents join the elementary school students for the physical activity and camaraderie on the ice.