Thursday, Jan. 14, 3:30pm ~ PTO Meeting
Join us for our first PTO meeting of the year. The meeting is open to ALL parents, caregivers, teachers and staff. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Got a question for Mr Archer? Suggestion on how to make remote learning easier? Want to talk about how school is handling current events? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas and suggestions.
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Meeting ID: 853 7858 9714
Compass Arts Begins Sliding Scale Arts Workshop Series
Compass Arts Creativity Project is striving to meet the community’s need for social connection, creativity, and self expression through the arts. The Saturday Arts Series, beginning this Saturday, will be a 10-week series of online arts workshops held from January 16th - March 20th. Click here to sign up for one, a few or all workshops!
Workshops are available on a sliding scale fee and are open to ALL.
Each week's program will feature a different artist who will teach a workshop in one of a variety of arts modalities, including visual arts, dance, theater and literary arts, and music. Most weeks will have a targeted age range but any age is welcome to participate.
All of the workshops will be "materials light," meaning there will be very few, if any, materials needed to participate in the workshops effectively. Download a pdf with more info. Compass Arts partnered with the BCSD late last year in providing journals, colored pens and other materials free of charge for our students picking up remote meals.
Are you wondering how to keep kids safe online? Do you know what it means to be a good "digital citizen"? What is the best way to handle online bullying? Ryan Biracree, the director of the Innovation & Learning Center at the Desmond-Fish Library in Garrison, gave a presentation on online learning and digital communication, and what to watch out for.
- ways to keep elementary-age children safe online,
- the elements of digital literacy, and
- how to build digital citizenship skills.
Ryan runs an array of science, technology, and writing programs for kids at the Library. He teaches classes and workshops for parents and children on digital literacy, online safety, information literacy, and digital citizenship. Ryan is an educator dedicated to inclusivity and creativity. He is also a Sargent parent!
Sargent Identified as TSI School
Click Here for a letter from Dr. Landahl about Sargent Elementary School having been identified as a TSI school based on state test data from the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school year. The identification for both schools comes from Black students not showing enough academic growth on the state tests from those two years.
Click Here for a letter from Principal Archer giving information about the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) Survey with questions addressing systems and organization, school leadership, curriculum, instruction, social-emotional learning, and parent and community engagement. The District sees this survey it as an opportunity to have a community-wide conversation about how they can provide your children with the skills and support they need to reach their full potential.
On January 25th's Board of Education meeting, there will be a presentation from Sargent about the recent TSI process. Dr. Landahl said, "We will invite folks from Sargent, and my team will share what the TSI process has been like for those schools and the overview of the data and the gathering and the initial plan. A lot of time and focus has been on that in the last month or two." Please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We Are Starting Fresh
The PTO is your voice.
Everyone at Sargent - family, teacher, or staff - is a member of the PTO.
You do not need to pay dues or make a donation to join the PTO, come to meetings, or have a vote.
The PTO is organized by an elected team of volunteer teachers, staff and parents/caregivers. The organizing team (sometimes called the “board”) relies on the wider Sargent community to run activities and programs that benefit all students. There are countless ways to help.
Here is a Back to School "care package" that Jenny recommends: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uI-ysnpQo0DztegyaKcDmiRwjS1Yu1sN/view. It's a workbook and 1-page guide to various aspects of being back in school mode this year. Some are aimed at adults, some at kids. We recommend quickly scrolling through in case you see something that could come in handy!
Check beaconk12.org for most official and updated info
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