Friday, 9 October 2015

eNews Issue 9

This week at a meeting with parents, I was reminded again that educators use a lot of jargon. That’s okay in the staff room but when we’re talking to general audiences, we try hard to skip the acronyms and the specialised terms. Clear language is key to any effective partnership and we want to use language that is accessible. And just as we value an inquiry-based education for our students, we also value our parents’ spirit of inquiry, too. Please always feel free to ask your questions at HKA!

We’ve got a lot in the works right now for parents. First, the Community Fair is soon upon us, and the co-ordinators are eager to know who is bringing what delicious dish! If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to fill out the online form (available in the eNews) to indicate whether you can bring food or volunteer for an activity.

We also launched an online climate survey this week. The purpose of the survey is to hear your thoughts about life at HKA. This is our first survey in several years and your feedback is extremely important. The survey shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes and all results will be aggregated and kept entirely confidential. You will find a link to the survey in an earlier email to all parents.

Next week is Parent Teacher Conferences. This is a highlight of the year for us as it gives us the chance to meet with you in person to focus specifically on your student(s). And thanks in advance to the Information Technology team who will host an informal genius bar for parents needing assistance with with Veracross or Managebac.

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