Graduations and summer celebrations invariably make me think of my dad and barbecued chicken. As you probably know by now, I am blessed to be part of, not only a large family, but a huge extended family as well. Graduation parties, moving up ceremonies and summer celebrations of any and every kind were usually celebrated with family at home, albeit outside. Kids of all ages running around, blue plastic cups filled with lemonade and iced tea and my dad manning his large open flame grill (more of a fire pit than a true grill.) Sweat would pour off his face as a cooked the chicken to black. (Yum.) His recipe seemed to involve half salt and half chicken, as he always had a big container of Morton's salt next to the fire pit. He would liberally shake the salt as he turned the chicken, adding the barbecue sauce itself much more sparingly. It seemed to take forever to cook and my mom always had everything else on her makeshift buffet table ready to serve/eat long before the chicken emerged. So, it was usually salads and corn followed by the piece de resistance, Dad's salty chicken. I hope you have some similar memories with family and friends, and maybe this year you can make some new ones, with a little less salt.
We are celebrating our year at Captain Hunt School with our Friendship Olympics on Thursday, June 5th at 9:30am and again at 12:30pm. Next week, at Robertson School, each class will celebrate their year with individual moving up ceremonies (See the list posted on the school calendar also noted on the back.) It is incredibly bittersweet to think of this year coming to an end. The faculty, staff and I have been blessed and lucky to get to know you, your family and especially your amazing child. This year has been unique, in that, parents have had more of a presence in our school community than not only last year but ever before. Certainly, it was/is a 'growing' year(as we hope all years are/will be) for our professional community, as parents got used to being in the school and teachers and staff got used to you being present as well. The Annenberg Institute at Brown and their reports, after anonymous feedback sessions from all, will help all of us to take what worked and what can be improved upon from this school year and move into the future to work towards our goal of the most effective early learning community for the youngest students in Central Falls. Our literacy data at Captain Hunt School shows that most learners grew not only one level in Teaching Strategies Gold (Our system of formative assessment) for letter identification but two. At Robertson, the PALs Phonemic Awareness assessment showed that 86 percent of the students met the end of the year benchmark. That is a full 5% more students meeting the benchmark than last year. This is a direct result of everyone working together to help our learners succeed.
The DRA Early Reading Assessment did not bring us the same growth with approximately 68-70 percent of the students meeting the end of the year benchmark; this is similar to last year. This is up from the 49% that I reported to you in my March letter, but still not what we hoped it would be. Kindergartners headed to First Grade absolutely need to keep READING OVER THE SUMMER AND PRACTICING THEIR 100 SIGHT WORDS and we hope that incoming Kindergartners will continue to practice their 26 letters and sounds in preparation for next year.
Regardless of outcome, the children worked so hard and with such focus. The teachers, staff and I are 'over the moon' proud to have had the opportunity to know, teach and learn with your children and your family. As we celebrate the end of the year with watermelon, cake and juice, please know that in the midst of the joy I will smell my dad's chicken cooking in the air and wish that he were here to barbecue for all of us in celebration of the awesomeness of the 2013-2014 school year.
With much gratitude,
Beth Tanner, MS ED
Captain Hunt School PreK Friendship Olympics/End of the Year Celebration
Thursday, June 5th 9:30-11am
Thursday, June 5th 12:30-2:15pm
*Thank you for understanding and planning for enough time to park before your child’s event. We apologize that parking is so difficult at both schools. Please note that celebrations will be starting promptly at the time noted and so, thank you in advance for planning to be at your child’s celebration at the time designated.