Please scroll down for a special, two section edition of this week’s Friday Letters from Leslie post (Note: Friday Letters from Leslie are posted each Friday on the Roeper Record.)
- Part I: Friday Letters from Leslie
- Part II: January Conference SignUp Genius Links + Instructions
Part I: Friday Letters From Leslie – Friday, December 22, 2017
During this season there is much to be thankful for. Together we have worked hard to create a community of caring and class offerings that are rigorous and robust, while maintaining a community that places great value on providing an inclusive and developmentally appropriate school environment for our gifted children, teachers, and parents. We have blasted right through the last days of summer, through the falling of autumn leaves, and now freezing temperatures and snow fall. Just as we cap off our pilot program of intensive units, it’s time to gear up for the holiday season, annual celebratory traditions, and the beautiful gift of time spent together with family and friends that the holiday break affords.
Here at school we will continue to focus more intentionally on wellness, setting limits on intrusions to our peace of mind, and on gratitude for the abundance of gifts within our community. Recently David Feldman shared with me the book Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy Successful Kids (Pope, Brown, and Miles, 2015). As an academic director, as well as a mother of three gifted boys, “Regaining Gratitude This Thanksgiving: A Blog Post by Madeline Levine” http://www.challengesuccess.org/blog/regaining-gratitude-this-thanksgiving/ strongly resonated with me as well. For my part I will reduce the frenzy of shopping, cooking and cleaning in order to be more fully present to relax, enjoy, and engage with my family and friends. Learning new habits for the holidays will require some adjustments, however I intend to treat myself with kindness and gentleness as I work to balance the myriad of competing demands on my time. I hope that this blog post will inspire parents to be kinder and gentler with themselves and their children. I’d love to hear about your journey.
We are enormously grateful for our Roeper community and its focus on the whole child, and each and every one of us is committed to honoring the sacred journey of growth in our children and in each other. I wish for your family PDF (Playtime, Downtime, and Family Time) during this Holiday Season, just as I encourage this for our own faculty, staff, and families. Thank you for your trust in us and for your amazing children!
Upon our return parents and teachers will soon conference on January 22 and 23. We have shifted our progress reporting format this year to allow for more personal contact with parents and teachers around our curriculum. During January conferences teachers and parents will discuss individual student strengths and growth opportunities, which will allow shared conversations to plan for the next part of the academic year. You will find the conference signup links listed below. We recognize the sacrifice needed to schedule time on campus, and thank you in advance for your investment to conference with teachers.
Wishing all a joyous holiday season,
Part II: January 2018 Conference Links
Parent Teacher Conferences: Monday, January 22 – Tuesday, January 23
- Monday, January 22: 1:00pm-8:00pm (Teachers will break for dinner meetings from 4:00pm-5:00pm. Last conference begins at 7:30pm)
- Tuesday, January 23: 8:30am-3:30pm (Teachers will break for lunch meetings from 11:30am-12:30pm. Last conference begins at 3:00pm)
- Child care: Monday from 1:00pm-8:00pm and Tuesday 12:15pm – 3:30pm
SignUp Genius Conference Links:
How to sign up for conferences using SignUp Genius:
- Click on the appropriate SignUp Genius link below for your child’s stage.
- Select an available time slot for your homeroom. NOTE: there is only one conference per child.
- Click submit and enter your name, phone number and child’s name.
- Online signup will be open until Monday, January 15 at 8:00am. After that time, you will need to contact your child’s teachers directly to make/change a conference time.