by Lucia Sullivan on 09/26/2018
Dear Canyon Community,
After school Spanish is taking sign ups now! Many parents have expressed a strong desire for their children to receive language instruction after school. Last year our program was successful and well received. The same provider, Classroom Matters, will be offering spanish instruction again this year. We need at least 6 children registered in each class to run the program. Right now we have one or two signed up. The course description is as follows:
The CM Language Enrichment Program – Spanish, is a learning journey for kids and customized to fit the needs of the students and parents. It’s an opportunity to engage kids in learning about the Spanish language, including the cultures of the countries where Spanish is spoken. Using best practices from a variety of second-language teaching strategies, we provide a foundation of basic Spanish phrases and vocabulary. Through movement, Total Physical Response, song, music, art, and reading and listening activities, our students learn to speak, read, write, and love the Spanish language. The biggest goal of our program is to expose our students to the language in an engaging, play- and project-based environment. Our teachers are native or near-native speakers, or have minors or majors in Spanish – and they are all passionate about the language. They all have previous teaching experience and receive ongoing training in classroom management and effective teaching strategies.
Our pricing includes:
-Supplies and materials (workbooks, art supplies, technology, paper, snacks, etc)
-A monthly music workshop with a band whose music is from Veracruz, Mexico
-3 cultural experiences throughout the year (sculpture, cooking and yoga, all in Spanish)
Price: $1200 for the whole year; installment payments possible, refunds available in full minus 10 percent.
Levels: Beginner and Advanced, 2 hours of instruction per week, per level.
-Tues and Thurs 3-5, Starting October 2 and 4.
REGISTER HERE- Don’t forget to read the entire class description for installment options!
– Beginning class is for kids with no Spanish exposure. Advanced class is for those with some.
– minimum of 6 kids needed per class, but if one class has more the other could have less. So 12 total needed between the two classes.
November first is a REVERSE MINIMUM DAY. Please read these details carefully. We have never done this before. The last week of October is parent conferences. All days are minimum days except Wednesday which follows regular 1:35 dismissal. Parents have reported that the morning after Halloween is a rough one and had suggested having it be a holiday. Perhaps we will try that in 2019… On November 1st, school will operate from 11-3. Parent conferences will be offered in the morning. Aftercare as “beforecare” will be available from 8:35-11. Regular fees apply. You can drop your kid at the regular time and pay for beforecare, drop your kid at 11 or anything in between.
Opera a la Carte will be November 15th. The dress rehearsal will be at 8:15. Students in 678 must arrive early to rehearse. The performance will be at 9:30 that morning. Parents are welcome to attend. These shows are a special treat and all are welcome!
The CATSS calendar seems to have some errors for October. The staff development day at Canyon is Oct 15 (NOT 10/08 as listed in the calendar). It appears that there is no 10/22 on the calendar… so use October with caution.
CAASPP scores from last spring are in mailboxes today. As you know the state mandates that we administer these tests each spring for students in grades 3-8. California uses the Smarter Balance assessment. More information about the test is available here: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents/ We use this data as one measure of your child’s overall progress. If you have concerns about your child please contact your child’s teacher. If you have any questions about this data, please ask me!
Please welcome our new middle school student, Phillip Barr, who started today. His parents are Cassie and David Barr. If you see some new faces, introduce yourself! I have been emailing people from the archival waitlists and contacting area private schools and making posts on social media to let people know that we have openings in our middle school. We are in the process of developing an updated recruitment flyer. Once we have the flyers, please help us distribute them widely. I am still hopeful that we will be able to gain 5 more students (ideally 7th graders!).
Jasia shared this poem that she had written at assembly last week.
It’s like a ripple in the water
It flows out in a circle
Like little waves
From fish to fish it spreads
Like geese flying overhead
It spreads to all of them
& they’ll fly and spread it on to more geese
Like people on a road trip
Taking it to another place
Kindness goes in lines wherever it has passed
So there should be lines all over the country
So I will be kind
And make one more new line
10/1 Buffalo presentation
10/09 Board meeting @ 7 pm
10/11 vision screening
10/11 CATSS meeting @ 7 pm
10/12 Walk Through History (9-11:30 is 345 class, 12:30-3 is 678 class)
10/15 NO School Staff Development
10/27 Halloween Ball
10/29-11/2 Parent Conferences– sign up!
11/01 REVERSE minimum day, school starts @ 11 (Aftercare will be available 8:30-11)
11/08 CATSS meeting @ 8 am
11/12 Veteran’s Day No School
11/13 Board meeting @ 7 pm
11/15 Opera a la Carte @ 9:30
11/19-23 Thanksgiving Break, no school
11/29 345 Field Trip
12/01 Art Faire