Fall 2019 Directors Welcome

By Sheila Williams Ridge

Hello families! The beginning of the year has been an exciting and busy time at the Lab School.  We are so happy to have all of you as a part of this community and appreciate all of your patience with the construction around our building.  We are all looking forward to it being done in October! 

The fall weather has been amazing for outdoor explorations and stocking up on Vitamin D. We invite you to visit our website to learn more about recent events when the classroom pages are up and running- which should be any day now.  We have a variety of ways that you can be involved this year in creating the community, so please continue to talk to your child’s teacher, see our boards and displays in the hallway, and check out the website as well as your email for more information.  We have a wonderful year planned with a variety of events. Our first event of the year is the Family Camping Trip on September 28-29th, quickly followed by Creativity Night on October 15th.  We have Gym Jam planned for the winter, the Spring Soiree later in the year, and a variety of parent education offerings throughout the year. Starting with the Kindergarten transition in November.  Childcare will be available for the parent education events as well as the PALS meeting for a small fee. If you would like to help with any of these events or general volunteering around the school, please complete the family volunteer sign up from the open house and if you didn’t get one then, there are extras in the hallway near the parent engagement wall. 

If your child will be absent from school or late for arrival or pick up, please call the office at 612-624-9543 to let us know.

This fall our staff will be attending the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) national conference and school will be closed on November 20-22. This conference allows us to focus on our growth and development as teachers and administrators in our work with children and families.   Throughout the year, you may notice a staff member or two out at a conference or workshop. We are continually learning and growing in our profession and bringing back the best in early childhood education and other areas of focus to you and your family. This year, we plan to attend professional development on parent engagement, curriculum, coaching and mentoring, diversity and equity, embracing children’s thinking, race and culture, learning from other lab schools, young children and nature, and more. We look forward to sharing this knowledge through our work at the Lab School. If you are interested in learning more, please stop by the office to find out more.

On the subject of learning more, several research projects will begin later this fall. Please watch your email for details. You can opt out of participation at anytime by emailing your child’s teacher or Sheila directly, or by letting us know in person at school.

“LIFE IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION.” –RALPH WALDO EMERSON