Dear parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and family,
As you know, your child took RICAS ELA this week. I want you to know how completely blown away I was by the children's dedication, perseverance and work ethic. I know that they were doing their best for themselves, but also for you. Some students literally tested all day. A few parents have reached out to me to discuss concerns regarding this. As educators, we all felt that it was a lot. It was a lot to expect their tiny bodies to sit still for that long, even with the multiple movement breaks. It was a lot to ask them to read and produce that many text-based written responses in one sitting. We know. We hear you and will will also voice our concerns.
I want every student to know that the scores that we get from this test will tell us important information to guide instruction, but it will not tell us everything. They do not measure the incredible artistic ability that we have in our class. They do not measure what kind-hearted students we have in our class. They do not measure the incredible growth that students with reading disabilities have made, nor how far our English Language Learners have come. They do not know that our class can memorize songs like the drop of a dime and bust out dance moves accordingly, or that their laughter and smile can brighten just about anyone's day.
As stressful as this week was for students, as well as teachers, I want you to know that we care about our students performing their best, at whatever level that may be. Our students are kind, they are smart, and they are the light that brightens my day. There is no way to "test" all of the incredible things that your children are.
Thank you for all that you do,
4/11- LaPerche 50th anniversary 5:30-7:30 (come see fashion through the decades in 3rd grade!)
4/15-4/19- April Vacation, no school
5/17-5/17 RICAS Math
5/30- Poetry Picnic 5:00 (3rd grade and Kindergarten reading buddies will read aloud poems, followed by refreshments)