If you have not gotten a chance to read my blog about my #oneword for 2016, check out Enjoy the Moment.
I have to take a moment and make a shameless plug for the #NoOfficeDay. I was able to complete another #NoOfficeDay today, spending my entire day with the students and teachers in 1st grade. I strongly encourage you to check out the tweets today from @SiglerStars to check out my experience. While you are there, be sure to follow our @SiglerStars1st grade Twitter account. The students and teachers are looking to connect, share and learn from other connected classrooms and educators. As great of a day as today was, my moment actually happened after school. In fact, it is happening right now. Yesterday, I posted a moment that was a “celebrating parents” and as I currently sit in the front entry way of Sigler Elementary (yes, its 7:30PM), I can look up and see four empowered parents manning a concession stand for the students and families here for our Sigler Movie Night. Do you host movie nights at your campus?
Three to four times a year, we open up our Sigler Gym and invite families to bring chairs, blankets & pillows to enjoy a night at the movies, right here at Sigler Elementary. Families come out, together (students cannot come alone) and simply enjoy being together as a family…at school.
Movies can be expensive for a family of four. I know when I take my family, we can easily spend of $50. Why not give families the opportunity to grab dinner (bring it, to movie night), purchase a soda, popcorn or candy bar for a fraction of the price and enjoy a movie together, for free? Sounds like a no brainer…right?
As this is my 34th moment, you can probably tell by now, I value relationships. I value culture. I value the community understanding their elementary school belongs to them. I believe it is our responsibility to provide opportunities for our school community to come together as a family for both academic and non-academic events. I want our parents to be comfortable enough being on campus, to simply come. If they are comfortable coming to campus for movie night, they will be more inclined to come for other events scheduled throughout the school year.
As we know students will not truly embrace learning until they feel safe within their environments. Don’t you think the same is to be said about parents feeling safe within the same environment?
What was your moment today?