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A big thank you to Strathcona Sobeys for their generous donation of 20 gingerbread kits. Our Grade Four classes thoroughly enjoyed decorating them!
On November 20th, our students will be bringing home the first progress report of the year. Often, we may wonder how this evaluation is derived and exactly what does it mean?
Firstly, the progress report is to communicate a snapshot of what students know, understand and the skills that they have developed. With this in mind, it is worthwhile to note that much of your child’s formation towards the final achievement that we see on a progress report is equally important. We call this “formative assessment”. Formative assessment is considered to be one of the most powerful ways to help students learn. It involves goal setting, criteria development, feedback and self-assessment. These four components drive instruction but also illustrate meaningful assessment that is specific to your child. It enables you as a parent to understand not only WHAT your child has learned (this is what a progress report does), but also, HOW your child best learns
Formative assessment is complex, detailed information that is changing every day. As such, when we capture the “snapshot” of what your child has learned for the progress report, keep in mind that the formative piece is equally important to your child’s learning and skill development. You can be attuned to this aspect of your child’s learning by noting the comments on work assignments, overall work habits that may be communicated in the child’s agenda and conversations that you have with your child’s teacher are some examples of this.
So, ultimately, it is our hope that your children’s learning be validated by the rich conversations that you have with their teacher and, that they also have with their teacher. We look forward to taking some time for these conversations at parent teacher interviews!
On Monday, September 28, John Costello held our annual Terry Fox Run. We also spelled out “Humility” on the hill behind our school. We are in the third and final year of our faith theme from Micah 6:8, “Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.” Click on the photo to view the video!