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On Friday, February 2 you will receive your child’s first semester report cards.  I know that you will join me in celebrating your child’s growth! You will notice that report cards are written in grades PK - 2 in third person, while most teachers in grades 3 - 5 have written the narrative descriptions to the students.  In both cases, these are intended to provide parents with feedback about students’ learning.

We invite you to share the comments (more than the grades) with your children and to focus on what they CAN do!  Motivation to continue learning will come from truly celebrating their work through specific examples, encouraging trial and error, highlighting that failures lead to more learning and that we never cease to improve.  I invite you to read more about mindset and the work of Carol Dweck which has been inspiring our thoughts and interactions with children.  I’ve chosen an article that also has a 10 minute TedTalk from Dweck herself.  The Value of a Growth Mindset in Education

Parent Volunteer Opportunities at Fine Arts Festival
Fine Arts Festival - Speaking of talented adults who live in the area... we are looking for parent volunteers to lead a workshop  at the Fine Arts Festival. The Festival is March 8 - 9 and students in Kinder through 8th grade will have the opportunity to attend workshops, musical concerts, and art displays.  Parents can lead workshops and interact with our students to support creativity and wonder.  So, if you have an idea of a workshop you would like to lead, go for it!  We rely on the AC community to help make this event a success. Please click on the Workshop Sign Up link for more information and to sign up.

Talent Show.
Auditions for the AC Talent Show will take place on February 16 at 3:10 p.m.  Please note that all students participating in auditions will need to be accompanied by an adult who will represent the student or group.  There will be no school-provided supervision for either the auditions or the talent show.  We will send information regarding guidelines and registration soon.   The Talent Show will take place on March 16.

Upcoming
January 31 - 4th Grade PYP Assembly
February 2 - Report Cards will be sent home electronically
Feb. 5 - 13 - February Break
February 16 - Talent Show Auditions at 3:10 p.m.
February 20 - 12 noon dismissal for all students - Professional Development afternoon for teachers

Regards,
Paola de Pereira
Elementary School Principal
ppereira@cotopaxi.k12.ec