Head of School Candidates Visiting Between 3/18 and 3/26
Dear St. Anne's Parents, Grandparents and Friends of the School,
After many interviews with strong candidates, the Search Committee has invited three incredible Head of School finalists to visit St. Anne's. We would like for you, parents, grandparents and friends of the School, to meet with each one of these outstanding educators. Below are the dates and times.
March 18 from 2:15 to 3:15 pm in the library.
March 19 from 7:30 to 8:25 am in the library.
March 21 from 2:15 to 3:15 pm in the library.
March 22 from 7:30 to 8:25 am in the library.
March 25 from 2:15 to 3:15 pm in the library.
March 26 from 7:30 to 8:25 am in the library.
With much appreciation,
The Search Committee
People of Color Conference 2018
Last November, eight faculty members were afforded the opportunity to attend the People of Color Conference offered by the National Association of Independent Schools. This conference reinforces NAIS' commitment to equity and justice in teaching and learning and provides a safe space for equipping educators at every level with knowledge, skills, and experiences to improve and enhance the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate in their schools.
Teachers learned how this work supports the academic, social-emotional, and workplace performance outcomes for students and adults alike. St. Anne’s was able to send eight people thanks to the generous support of our school community for the recently completed capital campaign. The conference was extremely meaningful for the eight who attended and its impact has been profound:
The PoCC conference had a profound impact on me on so many levels. I left the conference transformed. It challenged me to see and better understand different perspectives and helped me to gain insight of what being truly inclusive means. The work at the conference, pushed me to look inward and confront some of my own biases. While I believe my intentions have always been true, after attending the conference, I learned how the impact of what we say, how we teach, and what we do sometimes stifles kids, causing a sense of alienation. As an educator, I feel a stronger sense of responsibility to pay attention to this and create environments where all of my students feel completely known and loved.
- Melissa Meier, 1st Grade Teacher
PoCC gave me more digital resources and more people resources with whom I can connect to ask questions and, more importantly, the words and research to speak to different strategies to ensure a school culture that is welcoming to all.
-Jocelyn Sanders, 4th Grade Teacher
This has made me take a hard look at how I incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into my instruction. If has encouraged me to examine who is present in my curriculum and more importantly - who is missing and what steps I need to take to rectify the situation.
-Shannon Cameron, 5th-6th Grade Teacher
One of the ideas from PoCC we will be implementing after spring break is the “One Book,” initiative, in which the whole school reads and discusses the same picture book in their classes on the same day. Our first book will be Maddi’s Fridge, a book which raises awareness about poverty and hunger with honesty and sensitivity while instilling important life lessons.
Save the Date!
On March 27th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. St. Anne’s will welcome Dr. Howard C. Stevenson, author of Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools, for a parent education evening on talking to children about race. Child care will be available for St. Anne’s families. Kindly RSVP to Amy Shepherd at email@example.com to help us plan for this event. We hope to see you there!
St. Anne’s adopted the Singapore Math approach to teaching mathematics starting in Kindergarten through Second Grade in the fall of 2016, thanks to a grant from the Longwood Foundation that kicked off our recently completed Open Hearts, Open Minds capital campaign. In the fall of 2017, the Third and Fourth grades implemented the Singapore Math approach and this year, we have extended this method of instruction into Fifth and Sixth Grades.
St. Anne’s decided to adopt Singapore Math in order to provide students with a stronger foundation in math and a more solid number sense. The strength of the Singapore Math approach is supported by the consistently high marks that students in Singapore achieve on the international TIMMS testing of mathematics and science achievement, and this approach is consistent with St. Anne’s desire to enhance its student-centered approach to learning.
What is Singapore Math?
Singapore Math requires students to think more critically about the concepts they are learning. Lessons begin with anchor tasks and use American psychologist, Jerome Bruner’s, CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) approach to deepen the understanding of mathematical concepts. Children must work collaboratively and communicate their ideas. Finding different ways to solve problems is expected, respected, and celebrated. Rather than telling the children how to solve a problem, the teachers step back and facilitate the process of learning and discovery. Students are encouraged to dig deep and think about “the why” behind the skills and ideas.
What Impact is Singapore Math having on learning at St. Anne’s?
In their study of mathematics, St. Anne’s students have demonstrated a much stronger number sense and greater confidence. We also see major growth in the students’ abilities to communicate their thinking to their peers and teachers. Prior to implementing Singapore Math, many of our students found it challenging to talk about their learning and thinking. Now, they have developed the skills to inquire and to share with others what they know, what they wonder and what they have discovered.
I am teaching the first group of students to have had this math program since Kindergarten. Foundationally, I am amazed by their flexible thinking and ability to compose and decompose numbers. They also came with the ability to collaborate and respectfully debate their thinking.
- Beth Bell, 2nd Grade Teacher
What’s more, the introduction of Singapore Math has profoundly impacted the learning experience of our K-5th grade students. In these grades, especially, our program has shifted to a strong student-centered model in which the students direct their questions and learning, rather than rely on simply memorizing strategies or steps in a process.
The impact of our Singapore Math training has extended beyond the boundaries of our math classes. The strategies and techniques for engaging the students in critical thinking that we have developed through this way of teaching have carried over into Language Arts, STEM, Social Studies and many other content areas. The way we approach questioning and empower students to take charge of their own learning has been transformational. Our teachers have become much more adept at being facilitators of learning as opposed to deliverers of information.
- Valerie White, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Join us on Thursday, April 11th from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. to learn more about Singapore Math from Dr. Yeap Ban Har, one of the foremost experts on the Singapore Math approach in the world.
Rt. Rev. Kevin S. Brown to Officiate the Holy Eucharist on Ash Wednesday
This year our last day of school before spring break begins falls on Ash Wednesday, a significant day in the Christian calendar. Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the season of Lent for Christians, and we are delighted to welcome the Rt. Reverend Kevin Brown, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware, back to St. Anne’s as the celebrant for All School Holy Communion. Bishop Brown will deliver the message and after Chapel, there will be the Imposition of Ashes for those who would like to receive them.
Please join us on Wednesday, March 6 at 9:45 as we prepare to enter the Lenten season.
Save the Date: Culture Day on Wed., May 8th, from 11AM-3PM
We invite your family to participate in Culture Day!
Wednesday, May 8th, from 11am-3pm
Let us know if you would like to create a display and share your family's culture and traditions.
In the past, our Culture Day has been AMAZING with over 20 countries represented! This year we have extended the time giving students and families time to visit all of the countries.
Mr. and Mrs. Onsomu visited 3rd grade to talk about Kenya. They spoke about their personal experiences while growing up and compared it to today's children in America. They also brought wooden animal carvings, artwork, instruments, and the Kenyan flag.
Support the 3rd and 8th Grade Sock Drive
Support the 3rd and 8th Grade Sock Drive
The sock drive runs through March 18th!
This year, we hope that the PS-K will bring socks for children; that all female students in grades 1-8 will bring in socks for women; and that all gentlemen in grades 1-8 will bring in socks for men.
Two organizations to whom we are considering giving include The Sunday Breakfast Mission and/or Friendship House.