Habit of Mind for September
Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations is an important habit and skill to acquire. Simply put, this habit reminds us to use what we already know to do something new. It is a common skill found in successful people.
Philosopher John Dewey once said, “We do not learn from our experiences; we learn by reflecting on our experiences.”
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Minimum Day (Noon Dismissal) This Thursday, September 19
This Thursday, September 19, students will be dismissed at Noon so that teachers can prepare for Back to School Night.
There will be no Study Hall that day. Extended Day is available for those who have a contract and for drop-ins on minimum days.
Please make sure you complete the Survey Monkey dismissal form. It takes less than one minute!
Back to School Night for Parents, This Thursday September 19
All parents are invited into their child’s classroom to learn about the curriculum and goals for the upcoming year. The doors will open at 6:15 so that teachers can start their presentations promptly at 6:30. A general overview of the year as well as classroom policies and expectations will be discussed. There will be no individual conferences at this time.
Please note that teacher presentations will be over about 7:15 and the doors close at 7:30 so that everyone can still spend the evening with their families.
This evening is for adults only and we will not be able to provide childcare. Please remember that parking can be difficult, so plan appropriately. Walking, biking and carpooling are recommended.
Student Council Elections This Friday
We have many fine candidates running for a few spots on the Kittredge Student Council. We congratulate all the students who are running for an office. Since there is only one representative per office, the candidate who gets the most votes will be the representative. However, it must be said that anyone who is running now to represent the school is already a winner!
The candidates are:
4/5th grades class rep: Lachlan, Allie, George and Flynn
6th grade class rep: Luke, Saphina, Abby, Cerys, Golda and Pilar
7th grade class rep: Charlotte
President: Amanda and Sasha
Student council elections will be held this Friday, September 20. Candidates for class representatives will be making their speeches in their classrooms at a time designated by the teacher. The candidates for president and secretary will address the whole school this Thursday, September 19. Good luck to all the candidates!
Running Gags are Off and Running
We enjoyed our first meet last Friday. The Gags did a great job of running and the parents did a great job of rooting our runners on! We are proud of all the Gags who ran the race.
We have a small but powerful team and all runners finished the race and did their best… we can’t wait to see them run on our next race! Great job, everyone!
Academic Chess Begins on Friday, October 4
Chessmaster Jesse will once again offer his popular class on Friday after school. The session will begin on October 4 and continue for 9 weeks. It will end on December 6th before our conferences and Winter Break. Forms are in the office, or you can register online at www.academicchess.com.
High School Visit Days for 8th Graders
October 10 and 16 are “no school” days for our 8th grade students. These days are designed to allow 8th graders to visit high schools and work on their application essays without missing class time.
GENERAL SCHOOL NEWS
Classroom doors are open at 8:20 for all students. For those students in Extended Day, we open in the Primary classroom at 7:45. Thanks for your help with this.
Sibling Applications are Due November 20
If you would like to have a sibling be considered for our 2020 early decision, we will have our TADS on-line application available for you in October. Please return the parent and teacher forms by November 20. Early decisions will be sent December 18.
There’s a Lot Going On in September!
Tuesday, September 17 (today): Picture Day; SSAT Math Prep Class; Science Club; Running Gags Practice
Wednesday, September 18: Science Club; Volleyball practice @ Rochambeau
Thursday, September 19: NOON DISMISSAL; Student Council Speeches
Thursday, September 19: Back to School Night for Parents; 6:30 to 7:15; doors open at 6:15 to 7:30
Friday, September 14: Pizza Lunch (if ordered); Student Council Election
Monday, September 23: Branson HS admissions rep; Running Gags Practice; Volleyball practice @ Rochambeau
Tuesday, September 24: University HS admission rep;SSAT Math Prep Class; Running Gags Meet at 4:30 at the Polo Fields; Science Club
Wednesday, September 25: Volleyball Game @ SF Friends School @ 6pm; Besent Hill admissions rep; Science Club
Thursday, September 26: SSAT English Prep Class
Friday, September 27: Chicken Strips Lunch (if ordered); Lick Wilmerding HS admissions rep