Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Change to Tech Time mornings

Dear Families,
Last week, we developed a worksheet for students to create a design document for a long-term Scratch project.  This has met with much more participation than the morning theme weeks, so Tech Time mornings will focus on the ongoing development of these long-term projects.  We have also been discussing a "Tech Time faire" for a Saturday in December (stay tuned for more on this!), and these long-term projects seem ideal for showcasing as finished, polished products.

The design document worksheet can be found here (page one is for 2nd-5th graders, page two is for K-1 students).  Click "Read More" for some more information on how grown-ups use design documents at their jobs.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Notes, Reminders, and Site Updates

Dear Families,
Because this is our first week back from intersession, and our first week enacting the new attendance policy, we will be accepting permission slips for next week through Monday 10/20.

Permission slips for the week of the 27th will also be available starting Monday 10/20 at 7:15 a.m.  These slips are due, signed, on Thursday the 23rd at 4:30 p.m.

We have also added a "Schedule" and "Workshop Activities" section to our header bar, above.  The Schedule page simply states the recurring schedule, in case there is ever trouble with the calendar module at right.  The Workshop Activities page will be an ongoing repository of materials used in our morning workshops - check out the stuff we have on electricity from this week!  There's a Google Presentation on Lightning, a Scratch Project on circuits, and some web resources about power grids (be sure to check out Tesla Town at the very least!).

Stay tuned for more updates!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

New Tech Time Sign-Up Procedure

Dear Families,
Beginning Monday, October 20th, hand-written notes will no longer be accepted as permission for your child to stay after school at Tech Time. We want to make sure that we have the space and resources to support a great experience for all students. Permission slips for each day will be available the previous week on Monday, and must be handed in by Thursday of that week.

For example, on Monday, October 13th, slips will be available for the week of October 20th. These slips must be signed and returned by Thursday, October 16th. There will also be an option to receive a reminder by text message or email on Thursday evening.

Have a great second quarter!