Fourth and Fifth grade teachers at Ruskin Elementary celebrated the beginning of a new and exciting school year by hosting a Family Curriculum Night. Administrators and teachers welcomed parents and students to an evening of sharing and discussing state curriculum and school requirements, including the newly incorporated PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) Program. Parents were invited to join their students’ classrooms via Remind 101, Class DOJO, Renaissance Home Connect, and the Ware County School System Parent Portal. Parents were reminded that there is an app for each of these programs to allow for smartphone access. Additionally, parents were also encouraged to actively participate in their child’s learning on a daily basis via notebooks, study guides, parent communication documents, and other materials sent home daily from school.
The meeting portion of the evening was followed by a delicious dinner of pizza donated by Unison and sweet treats provided by 4th and 5th grade teachers. The turnout was phenomenal. Over 80 parents and students attended the enlightening meeting and dinner hour.
According to the surveys conducted during the meeting, parents expressed belief that the Family Curriculum Night was an invaluable experience. Teachers expressed gratitude for the words of encouragement from parents by stating, “We are a team, and without the buy-in from parents and family members, our jobs cannot be accomplished to the level of expectancy necessary to build a love for learning thus creating a lifelong learner.” Donna Solomon is the principal of Ruskin Elementary School.