Welcome back to another exciting school year of learning, growth, and anticipation! As we reflect on the exhilarating 'Liftoff' event that energized us just last week, it's abundantly clear that our cohorts wasted no time in setting the stage for a dynamic and inclusive culture that will shape our educational journey throughout the 2023-2024 school year.
Welcome back to another exciting school year of learning, growth, and anticipation! As we reflect on the exhilarating 'Liftoff' event that energized us just last week, it's abundantly clear that our cohorts wasted no time in setting the stage for a dynamic and inclusive culture that will shape our educational journey throughout the 2023-2024 school year. Walking through the Lower Loop, one couldn't help but be touched by the heartening sight of our seasoned learners wholeheartedly guiding and nurturing our incoming students, imparting not only academic knowledge but also instilling a deep understanding of the VERSO way. The promise of this collaborative spirit and a tight-knit community assures us that this year will truly be a rewarding experience for all involved.
Drop-off Procedures and Enhanced Security Measures
On a personal note, I extend my heartfelt thanks to each of you for your understanding and seamless adjustment to our updated drop-off and pick-up times. Your punctuality and cooperation in observing the 8:00am closure of the Lower Loop entry gate resonates deeply with our dedicated Learning Designers. This collective effort significantly bolsters security, an aspect particularly crucial for our youngest learners. For those of you who find it convenient to arrive a bit earlier, between 7:15am and 7:45am, I extend to you a warm welcome to our foyer area. This inviting space provides a chance to connect, converse, and offer valuable support to your child, including the option of sharing breakfast in this communal setting if desired.
Prioritizing Safety - Reaching New Heights
Thanks to the joint contributions of our devoted staff and vigilant parents, we have successfully implemented crucial safety enhancements to our Rainforest playground. Your watchfulness and engaged participation have been instrumental in bringing about these improvements. With this collaborative effort, our learners can now confidently explore the playhouse, climb to new heights, and fully enjoy the slide.
Introducing our C1-4 Cohort Leader
I'm pleased to introduce Emma Weston, who has assumed the new position of C1-4 Cohort Leader, while also taking on teaching responsibilities for EY2-3 on Days A-C. Emma brings with her a wealth of experience, having been a valuable member of the VERSO community for the past three years, during which she taught in C1-2.
The teams across C1-4 have been looking at classroom systems and linked these to our VERSO Mindsets. How can we contribute to classroom discussions in a respectful manner? How can we transition into our new learning spaces with some new peers in our groups? What does inspiring others look like in our different daily components? These questions will also be discussed within a Learning Lab, Explore or Workshop.
I am genuinely excited about the opportunity to forge deeper connections with each and every one of you throughout the upcoming year. Please know that you are encouraged and welcome to reach out to us through email, phone calls, or by requesting a conVERSO – your preferred means of communication.
Your valuable insights play a pivotal role in shaping the direction of our programs and services, enabling us to tailor them to better serve the diverse needs of our learners. It's through this collaborative effort that we can truly cultivate a thriving and nurturing learning environment. Your voice holds significant importance, and together, we're bound to support our young learners as they build the confidence to lead their own journey and pursue any path they choose.
By Cushla Jones