Special Nights Bring Parents Into Schools 

Special Nights Bring Parents Into Schools

The cold winter months are a hot time for Wyckoff’s Connected Parent Series, which is intended to get parents, grandparents, and friends into the schools to see what the town’s children have been exploring and learning.

The series began in November with opportunities to learn about the District’s approach to mathematics. There has been a districtwide Fitness Night and Coolidge, Washington, and Lincoln Schools have had nights to highlight their makerspace activities.

A diagram of activities at  Washington School’s MakerSpace Night in 2019.

Upcoming activities include Sicomac’s Makerspace Night on Feb. 13, Lincoln’s Art Afternoon on April 3, Sicomac’s Art Night on April 3, Lincoln’s Family Block Play on April 20, Washington’s Family Block Play on April 20, Washington’s Art Night on May 8, and Coolidge’s Art Night on June 4.

This is the third year for Wyckoff’s Connected Parent Series with many events attracting large crowds. Assistant Superintendent Grace White says events are held during the school day, in the afternoon after school, and at night to accommodate the busy lives of students, parents, and other family members.

Many of the events are hands-on, so visitors to the Math Fluency sessions in November were not just hearing about math, but were doing actual problems. “People sit down and they’re doing it,” says White. “We have them engaged in the actual work.” Fitness Night in late January had visitors participating in the same physical activities that their children do. “We tell the parents: ‘Wear comfortable clothes,’” White says.

Posted by thomas.deloughry On 11 February, 2020 at 3:16 PM  

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