I hope you were able to visit us last night. Our first Night of the Arts was a smashing success! Many thanks to everyone involved who contributed to our success, especially Eithne Stover and Tracey Babin, with support from the Wheelock faculty, staff and community! Mr. Kuehl was a great narrator and our custodians were so helpful. Thanks to Dawn Lavalle for snacks as we unveiled our new mural. Kudos to the MHS Art Honor Society for some beautiful work. We enjoyed hosting our Girl Scout, Kate Davignon who organized a Medfield Community Service Fair to showcase volunteer opportunities for our community. Thank you, Kate!
On Thursday I had the pleasure of accompanying our second grade team and our specialists to the Wilson Training Center in Oxford to a training on Level 2 Fundations. Fundations is a regular education (Tier 1) sequential phonics and spelling program delivered by the classroom teacher. This program is taught in 30-minute daily lessons.
Last year Memorial School implemented Fundations in grade 1 having introduced Fundations in grade K the year before. In September Fundations will become part of our balanced literacy approach to reading instruction here at Wheelock. As phonics and spelling are already taught as part of our literacy program, this new tool does not equate to adding to the instructional day. We are pleased that in grades K-2, we will have a consistent, systematic and explicit approach to teaching phonemic awareness (K-1 only), phonics, spelling and handwriting to our students. The Fundations program spends a lot of time teaching handwriting explicitly to grade K and grade 1 students. For grade 2, there are supplemental handwriting resources provided but it is felt that if the program is implemented in grades K-1 with fidelity, then a lot of time spent on manuscript handwriting is not necessary in grade 2. In grade 2 handwriting skills mastered in grades K-1 are reinforced and students are prepared for the Fundations cursive program which begins in grade 3. As we do not have Fundations in grade 3, we will continue to use the Zaner-Bloser program until decisions about grade 3 are made. We look forward to implementing this excellent research based program. Click the link for more information.
Transition Day will be held on Wednesday, June 22nd. Children will spend approximately 30 minutes in their new teacher's classroom, get a chance to meet their new classmates, and hear a little about what's to come in September.
Next week ... on to Field Day! June 14th, Rain date June 16th
Have a wonderful weekend!