Back-to-School Night

Back-to-School Night is not scheduled this year due to Covid. Under normal circumstances, the following info applies.

Early departures & the intercom: when students leave school early they miss important classroom activities. Also, their departure often necessitates an intercom call from the office, which disrupts the entire class. Instead, we encourage families to wait until after school to schedule appointments so that kids don’t miss class time. If an early departure is unavoidable, we ask that you send a note indicating a specific time student is to meet you in the office so we can minimize interruptions.

Conferences
Fall is goal setting. These conferences are scheduled for October 16-18. Sign-ups will be posted under the “Conferences” tab soon.
Spring is Exhibition, which is scheduled for Friday evening, April 24th.
Report cards will be sent home in December and March, but at the elementary level, they mean very little. More important will be conferences, Exhibition, and the individual portfolio exhibition in March.

Computerization
I like to communicate via email, our webpage (DailyPlatypus.org), and via the assignment calendar students carry in their binder. We’re trying to de-emphasize printed forms of communication in favor of digital forms.

Content
Emphasis on the “Three R’s” along with History, Science, and Art.
The three most significant skills (math facts, the sentence, reading fluency).
History journals (history can be controversial; journals open to parents)
Purpose-based activities.
“Soft skills” such as communication, empathy, cooperation, persistence, critical thinking as opposed to “knowledge” (which is all at our finger tips via technology).
I want kids to run the class.

Journaling
Journals are private except for parents.
Topics are innocuous: “If I Were President I would…”
Mostly just memories and reflections about something that happened in school that week.
Stop by the classroom occasionally. Take a sticky note, write something encouraging, and leave it in your child’s journal.

Field Trips
I try to get dates on the Platy as soon as I know them
You must have an up-to-date Volunteer app on file to be a chaperone
On some trips chaperones are limited; on others not so much
Always in need of parent volunteers in class; class is open to parents anytime
We prefer taking “known” parents on the Outdoor Ed coast trip, so be encouraged to attend some other trip or to help out in class earlier in the year

Community Service
The Nepal Project
Adopt-a-Street Program Tree Plant

Homework
Homework every M-Th; weekends for catch-up
Short math review of what we did in class that day
Twenty minutes or more of reading
Limit video gaming

Fitness/PE

CPE is one of only a few schools that provides the required 150 min/week of fitness.
We don’t run during inclimate weather (cold, rain, smog).
Notes or calls from home are required for students to miss Fitness or PE.

Ways to Help

Provide class snacks. Join the e-mail list. Avoid early departures & intercom interruptions. Provide students with water bottles and snacks. Volunteer as a class helper or chaperone (you won’t have opportunities to do so in middles school).