Weekly Updates - September 30th, 2019
Weekly Updates - September 30th, 2019
I hope everyone had a great weekend. My marathon training continues this week. I bought a pair of running shoes from a store that specializes in running gear. Not only were the shoes amazingly comfortable, but also the shopping process was quite interesting too. Actually, it was scientific, really. The sales clerk 3D-imaged my ankles and feet. She offered shoes based on the structure and dimensions of my feet to best support my running stride. Talk about evidence-based decision making!
The following are this week’s updates:
1. Club t-shirts. I am so excited to report that more and more parent-led clubs are starting. I can’t wait to visit the clubs and see all of the fun things you are doing after school with our students! If you plan to make club t-shirts, and you are welcome to, please make sure to send your design draft via email to my attention with the email subject line “Club T-shirt Design Approval” so I may approve it as quickly as possible. The administration just needs to look over the design to ensure alignment with our school theme.
2. Students arriving between 8:00 to 8:30. I have noticed that most students are doing three things during this time; some read or do some type of homework, some chat with friends, and others play cards or some type of game. There is a Chinese proverb that says “ 一日之計在於晨”, which means what we do in the morning sets the tone for how accomplished we will be for that day. I want our students to have the most productive learning day every day, and I envision that they will spend their morning time reading and/or doing school related work while they are here at school, even while waiting to be dismissed to class. Not to worry, we still have morning assembly each morning. I’m only referring to the wait time outside of assembly time. I welcome your support in this academic initiative with speaking to your children if you are able to reinforce our vision.
3. Outdoor lunch area under construction. When it rains, our outdoor lunch area pools with water; and the excess water enters the building and poses a safety concern. I want to thank Mr. Doucet and Mr. Lupe for their urgency in resolving this matter as soon as possible. I also want to thank Ms. Franklin for pushing this construction request forward. We are reconstructing the concreate area so that the rain water will naturally flow to the grass area and not pool by the double doors, thus preventing the water entering the hallways. The proposed timeline for the entire construction is two weeks. I will continue to update you on the status and announce when the outdoor lunch area is re-opened in the near future. Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation in avoiding this area until further notice.
4. Ms. Hill’s departure. As you may know, Ms. Hill no longer reports to MIMS as of 9/24/19; she has officially transferred to the Dyslexia department. With her leaving, we have to readjust our schedule. Previously, some parents came to me with concerns such as large class sizes, replacement classes for the technology class, and more Chinese enrichment, etc. Additionally, I observed first-hand the stress of the large class sizes on our teachers. We value your input and I am always available to hear any ideas and collaborate for the success of our school. Specifically, we are working together to revise the schedule. The schedule reconstruction is a large project – Ms. Colion has to carefully look at each middle schooler’s schedule and make sure it’s free of schedule conflicts, and then Ms. Connie has to enter these schedules one by one, all of which are labor intensive and time consuming. We ask for your continued patience and understanding during this time. I realize that you may wish to see immediate changes, and I do as well. Therefore, I have an interim plan for the time being. I authorized the addition of two substitute teachers to help with our current teaching load. The first substitute teacher will take over Ms. Hill’s class so that we will not displace students to other enrichment classes. Our top choice will be someone who is fluent in Chinese because I envision this sub teacher practicing Chinese language with students. The second sub teacher will be pushing in to those large-size classes and helping teachers manage students while delivering small group instruction at the core teachers’ discretion.
Overall, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for such a wonderful group of parents, staff, and students at MIMS. It truly is a blessing to be a part of this family.
Chung Ying, Principal