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Earlier this week I emailed all of our families about our upcoming Parent Seminar series. I shared the line-up of topics and speakers and encouraged our parents to sign up (so we can plan appropriately) and many of those forms have started coming back in. Today I want to take some time to explain the logic behind why we offer this special night, and why we are strongly encouraging you to take advantage of this parent resource.
For those who have been around Brainerd Baptist School any length of time, you know that we are really big on offering many different ways for our students to learn. Gardening, STEM, Coding, Cooking and many other classes we offer proves this point. We know that children can learn in many different ways, and we beleive that there is often a high value to offering multiple ways for students to learn.
Our Parent Support Organization came up with a fun, innovative way to help raise funds for our 2017-2018 school year. The Spartan Warrior Race (our Fall Fundraiser) was exciting for our students and proved to be a very successful event for our school. Because of the additional money raised, thanks to our supportive families, we are going to be able to purchase some additional items for our school.
I began typing this post while sitting in the family room at St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis. I was watching two Brainerd Baptist School teachers work with one of our students who has been fighting cancer the last 2+ years. Hayden is what I have affectionately termed a "grandstudent".
We were excited to announce the new Brainerd Baptist School App at Open House last night. You can now visit either the Google or Apple App stores and search for "Brainerd Baptist School" and download our new app.
We just kicked off our first coding class this week and the students were really excited. The programming language we are exposing the students to is Swift. This is the new language for Mac, iOS, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.
In keeping with our commitment to continual growth and improvement, we are making changes to the pick up process that will feel will not only be easier for parents, but will also increase our safety procedures. This new program will allow parents to sign in-out their children using an app that captures and organizes ASC data.
I have often said that hiring teachers is the most important aspect of my job as Head of School. I am convinced that teachers have the single greatest impact on the over-all quality of a school.
For those of you who have been around our school any length of time at all, you have probably heard me talk about the fact that when it comes to our academic approach, we are driven by two questions - what is best for our students; and is it supported by research? These questions are the filter we always use when we consider making changes to our curriculum, teaching strategies or pedagogy, or even our something as simple as our schedule. Our desire is to regularly take a critical look at our program and to always be looking for opportunities to improve the experience our students have at school each day.