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Exciting Updates on Campus!

By August 24, 2023No Comments

As we’ve embraced the leisurely pace of the summer months for your children, our school has been a hub of activity with significant updates and enhancements in many areas. Our Facilities Manager, Jeff Kulis, has been tirelessly spearheading these efforts since June to ensure that our campus is ready for the upcoming school year. Internally, we have taken on substantial improvements. The faculty and staff restrooms have undergone a thoughtful remodel, now proudly serving as all-gender facilities, supporting our commitment to inclusivity. Addressing the needs of our students, the boys’ and girls’ restrooms have been upgraded with brand new floor to ceiling dividers, fostering a stronger sense of privacy. Additionally, the Children’s House Willow restroom has expanded to feature two child-size stalls, offering greater convenience for a larger number of children. The Casey Room, which served as a lower elementary classroom, has been transformed with a clear and specific purpose in mind. This space will now be used as a lunchroom for students in grades K through 8, a peaceful nap area, and an inviting space for parents to gather.  

In our commitment to utilizing green spaces, a beautiful new shed has been built to safely store essential garden material while also offering a functional workspace for our student gardeners. Additionally, the installation of a water source and electricity ensure seamless accessibility. To further maximize the use of outdoor space, we have installed picnic tables with shaded umbrellas, creating an ideal classroom setting where learning, collaboration, and nature come together.

In addition to these physical changes, we have thoughtfully enhanced the curriculum in a few areas. The purchase of Geodes, a set of research-based leveled readers, compliments our foundational reading program, Fundations. The unison of these two programs enables young readers to not only develop phonemic awareness and decoding skills but also equips students with expansive content knowledge of diverse communities and topics. To complement our STEM program, students will expand their understanding of geographical landscapes and solar energy through the addition of two new Engineering is Elementary (EIE) kits: Evaluating Landscapes and Building a Solar Oven. With an upgrade in technology, the third year students will be utilizing Chromebooks in order to support their typing skills. This will serve as a resourceful tool when typing reports and final drafts of written work.