Once per month, generally the fourth Wednesday, I hold an open forum meeting and invite all parents to attend. It was recently brought to my attention that I have not been sharing the discussions at these meetings in a formal way. Thanks to the parent who suggested that I do that. I will focus my Monthly Principal’s message on the discussions that happen at Principal’s Chat.
On Wednesday January 22, 2014 the following were discussed:
- Plans for Cultural Awareness week. Details will be forthcoming from the PTA.
- Change in our music program. In Granite District, a change was made effective this school year where in elementary schools were given a Fine Arts specialist one day per week. In the spring of last year, a decision was made as to how to best use that person at Eastwood. This year we are using a program called “Music for Life”. Each class goes to the music specialist for 40 minutes every other week. We have seen great success with this program.
- Math Olympiads. In the past, Granite School District’s gifted department funded this program at the elementary level. Additionally, with the implementation of Go Math! has been a new learning experience for all. The decision was made to forgo Math Olympiads due to cost and the new math program. Lastly, information was shared on changing our current lunch schedule to a
- Reverse lunch. In this program, students go out to recess first and then are called in by grade level to wash up and then go to eat lunch. Teachers would then pick up the students from the lunchroom. The times for lunch are changed by about five minutes to allow for less congestion. The benefits experienced by this change include: students tend to slow down their eating and actually eat more (food waste is reduced by up to 1/3), students are calmer when returning to class, and the big one for Eastwood, students will no longer be going around the building after eating to get to the playground. We are planning on implementing this process after Spring Recess then will reassess to be sure it is a program we want to keep for next school year.