Dear Denison Community,
We want to acknowledge everyone for the passion, commitment and love that was shown for Denison at the parent information nights and the CSC meeting. We are grateful for those who came and expressed their feelings regarding Denison’s future, thank you for attending these meetings.
We heard the following common concerns:
· Early Start Time
o 7:45 is too early for elementary students to start their school day
o Children who ride the bus will have a very long school day that starts too early
o The early start time would result in a loss of family time as parents need to put their children to bed earlier.
o The enrichment portion of the day should be optional, not mandatory.
o Non-staff members in the building, supporting students
· Teachers not being present at dismissal
· Different start times for Primary and Elementary
We sincerely apologize for the lack of communication around the extended learning time plan. We will present a new plan that incorporates the above concerns of the parents while also honoring the work of the Time Collaborative Committee on creating an authentic Montessori experience for all students that includes an uninterrupted work time, time for parent teacher conferences and additional time for teacher planning and collaboration. This meeting will be held on Thursday, March 27, 4:15-5:00 in the library. There will be time to take the new plan home and we will have another parent meeting following spring break. Additionally, there will be the opportunity for parents to respond to a survey on Denison’s future as an extended learning time school.
Please address ideas and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we move forward together, we ask you to please remember that those of us serving on Denison’s Time Collaborative Committee share your passion for Denison’s future and care deeply for your children.
The Time Collaborative Committee