Core Value: Respect - Dec 2, 2016

Dear McDonald Students and Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We missed having students in the building the week of Thanksgiving but enjoyed meeting with parents during parent-teacher conference. This year we had 98% of families attend parent-teachers conferences. Thank you so much for your active participation in your child’s education.

This month we are focusing on the Core Value: Respect. During the morning announcements our 5th graders have been talking about what respect means. At McDonald we have defined respect as, "treating others as we want to be treated". Last year the 3rd-5th grade students indicated on the Seattle Public School Climate Survey that only 40% of them feel that peers treat one another with respect. Clearly, this data made us feel very sad and this year we have made it a school-wide focus. Some examples of what teachers have been doing to foster a more respectful environment at school include: talking about what it looks like and sounds like to be respectful, teaching about respect through characters in stories, creating "compliment walls" in the classroom, having class meetings where students acknowledge what they appreciate about their peers, and creating class charters of how we want to feel and be treated, just to name a few. Ask your child what s/he is doing to demonstrate respect to his/her peers each and everyday. If you have any great anecdotes, I'd love to hear them and perhaps your child's story will be shared over the announcements (with permission, of course :)

Reminder: You will be receiving your child’s elementary progress report (EPR) prior to winter break. Please note that if you met with your child’s teachers during conferences you will not see a comment in the comment section of the report card. For the remaining 2 EPRs, you will see a comment noting your child’s strengths, areas of growth, and what you can do at home to support them.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to your child teachers or me. Have a great weekend!

Michelle Goldberg

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