On September 16, the elementary school dedicated a full day to “Parent Share.” Parent Share Day included conferences, which offered a valuable opportunity for early parent-teacher meetings to share hopes for the year ahead, and informational sessions by the elementary school specialists, providing insight into what students will experience in their classes.
Elementary school physical education teachers Jeff Harrison and Stephen Faulkner along with Arma Claydon (Aquatics Director) and Emmy Sack (Aquatics Assistant) presented to parents on the physical, social, emotional and academic benefits of a comprehensive physical education program in elementary school. Reflecting the benefits of PE, Jeff and Stephen shared their program’s mission and the goals that will help achieve that mission:
To have students…
- Learn the skills necessary to participate in a variety of physical activities.
- Know the implications and benefits of involvement in various types of physical activities.
- Participate regularly in physical activity.
- Be physically fit.
- Value physical activity and its contributions to a healthful lifestyle.
Rounding out the presentation, they also shared details on each unit that the students participate in, as well as information on assessment. If you would like more information, check out their presentation slides.
Our elementary school music teachers, Karolee Kent and Jody Fuller, shared their programs with parents in two sessions. An overall view of the K-5 music program was presented highlighting curricular elements and how they correlate with ASIJ’s strategic objectives, assessment practices, classroom community building and the vital role that parents play in their children’s education. Jody spoke to the development of vocal skills throughout the elementary school years and illustrated songs, singing games and techniques used in class. Karolee talked about the growth of instrumental skills throughout the years and shared the variety of instruments used in the program. They concluded by stressing the importance of fine arts in children’s lives and how music is a vital part of a child’s education.
Elementary school art teachers, Kevin Mitrisin and Daniel Hashima, covered topics such as the elementary school art teaching and learning spaces, schedules and grading. They also went into detail on the goal of their art program, “To help students develop the four artistic processes identified by the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards: creating, presenting, responding and connecting.”
Helping to further connect parents with their students’ school-life, Kevin and Dan shared “Scenes from the Classroom,” photos of students participating in a variety of learning activities. These photos provided a glimpse of students meeting program goals, from “creating” (painting, collaboration, gathering knowledge, sculpture) to “connecting” (integrating subject matter from homeroom, exploration of visual arts from various people, places, and times).
Elementary school Japanese teachers Keiko Ando, Hiroyuki Kita, Sumino Hirano, Keiko Yasuno, Naoko Machidori, Miyuki Jessee and Yumiko Guelcher coordinated to offer a variety of grade-level presentations on the Japanese Language Program. Presentations overviewed the levels offered, placement process and aspects of the curriculum supporting their goal to “develop effective communicators and deepen their understanding of Japanese culture, preparing them to participate in a global society.” Each also covered topics including overview of materials, expectations of students and assessments.