Friday, October 18, 2013

IA community forum

Dear Parents and Families,
            Here at the Open School we are always looking for ways to improve our sense of community.  We feel that when kids are backed by a supportive community, they have so many more opportunities to excel personally, socially, and intellectually.  We also believe that this community can exist outside of the school day. 
            I am proposing, along with the help of our school’s Instructional Coach Scott Murphy, that we form an IA community forum in which we can come together and talk about how we can raise the level of our students learning both inside the school day and out.  We are asking that parents and supporters of kids in our advising group join us for an evening on Tuesday October 29th at 6 in the evening.  We will use this time to establish a collaborative partnership, in which we can share ways that we can support each other and develop within the community, an explicit focus for our students’ intellectual growth.  We will continue to deeply honor their social and emotional growth, but we want to find new and more focused ways that we can impact the intellectual lives of our kids.   We are approaching this idea as an inquiry study with the essential question of “how far can these kids go, with an accelerated support system both at home and at school?”
            The purpose of this letter is to open a communication with you and to give you an advanced notice of the time we have scheduled to meet.  We understand that schedules can be difficult to accommodate for after school activities, but we feel that the more participation we can get with this group, the more effective we can be for the kids.  If you have any questions prior to our fall conferences, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at  Thank you and I hope that you can be a part of our new expanded community. 
Per Wigand
IA Advisor

Jefferson County Open School 

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