Good afternoon Buffalo Rubbing Stone families,
Every year I am surprised by how quickly the next few months fly by. It's lovely to be starting school in the daylight again and, even when we return to daylight saving time on March 14, we'll still see the morning sun before learning begins at 8:00 am.
While we have much yet to accomplish in this school year, we're already looking ahead to next year. If you have moved during the year or you will be moving before school starts again in September, please let the office know so we can support your transfer to your new designated school. Buffalo Rubbing Stone School is closed to only those students who live in our catchment. If you are uncertain about our school boundaries, please refer to our School Profile.
We are getting ready for learning conferences on March 11 and 12. Conferences will be hosted on Microsoft Teams. Please book your conference in your MyCBE/PowerSchool account; the system will open at 8:00 am on Thursday, March 4. Once you have booked your appointment, you will receive an emailed meeting invitation. Please click the link to join the meeting at your conference time. If you would prefer a phone call, please be in touch with your child's teacher and provide the phone number at which you'd like to be called. In this case, please expect the call to come from a private number. There will be no school for kindergarten students on Thursday, March 11 and no school for all students on Friday, March 12 to accommodate conferences. Please remember to include your children in the conferences. It is important for students to attend conferences with their parents to celebrate successes together and set goals together. The CBE document How is My Child Doing in School? may be helpful as you consider what you hope to discuss with the teacher during conferences. It's important that you are a partner in your child's education.
Our School Development Plan goals of increasing organization in writing and increasing student confidence and persistence, along with our school-wide focus on problem solving in mathematics remain in the forefront of our professional conversations. Teachers meet (online of course!) in small and large groups to discuss student learning, imbed research-based practices, and calibrate the expected proficiency levels of students in each grade. Developing a common understanding of the expectations we have of student success at each grade level and leveraging the strengths of a team of teachers are two of the many benefits of our collegial meetings every Friday afternoon.
I never tire of thanking parents for all you do to support Buffalo Rubbing Stone School. We miss seeing you at school and deeply value all you do to make BRS a great place to learn. Thank you!
Take good care,
Allison E.G. Bobenic