November 18, 2011
I just came from a spirited FSA meeting where the entire gathering discussed classroom parties. This discussion began with a memo, passed out by the FSA board members, that outlined new guidelines for future homeroom parties. In order to be as inclusive as possible, the upcoming party in December will have a winter theme, with an emphasis on starting a new year.
The FSA meeting quickly grew into a larger discussion around student decorum and parent involvement. A longer article will appear in the next Talon, but I'd like to take this opportunity to highlight what I feel are the important points brought out in today's gathering.
It is the consensus of the group that there is far too much food brought into the school, both for scheduled parties and for birthday celebrations. We are all aware of the growing epidemic of obesity and diabetes in America, and we adults need to be role models for our children. In the near future, we will be creating an opportunity for parents to discuss this situation in greater detail. Until then, I kindly suggest leaning toward bringing in a healthy treat to share.
We also discussed decorum, both at the parties and in the lunchroom. Virtually everyone had a horror story to tell about the lunchroom, but we were all in agreement that ultimately it's the student's obligation to behave and act with respect for each other, the adults in the room, and for the facility. We will reinforce this at school, and we need the same level of reinforcement from home. As a team we will be able to bring a higher level of civility to our school.
As of this afternoon, more than 1400 individual conferences have been scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday. If you were not able to schedule a time with a particular teacher, email them directly to set up an alternative time to meet. Remember, the meetings themselves are scheduled for a short time, so if you are not able to cover all your talking points, set up a time to meet again.
Have a great weekend.
Head of School