November 17: Family Nights

November 17, 2017

Hello, Black River Falls Community!  This is Dr.  Shelly Severson, with the School District of Black River Falls, here to share this week’s installment of our Spotlight on Schools!  Today marks the end of American Education Week.  If you regularly catch the Spotlight piece on the radio, you may recall that last week I challenged you to think back on your own time at school and to identify one adult that you believe had a positive and significant impact on your educational experiences.  I further challenged you to reach out to that person in some way, and share that positive recognition.  I hope you’ve accomplished this; there is a quote by Henry Adams that says “a teacher affects eternity, he can never tell where his influence stops.”  Hearing from former students is one of the most memorable experiences for a teacher.  We talk about the responsibility that this brings to our staff; a positive relationship with a staff member may be just the thing that this particular student needed to be successful!  This week our staff was treated to a Fiesta themed celebration to commemorate the event!  We are very proud of the staff that we have on our team and believe that we are pulling together to create the best outcomes for our students.


Providing the best outcomes for students becomes so much more possible when we have such a supportive community and engaged families to support their students along the way.  Part of that support is taking an interest in the work the students are doing during the day time. Both of our elementary schools have a tradition of hosting Family Nights.  This past week Red Creek hosted a STEM-based family night.  I talked to you a few weeks ago about what STEM is; it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  When we put a theme in the Family Night, it just means that all of the stations that the families participate in are centered around that theme.  In early October Forrest Street Early Learning Center hosted its first one of the year, the theme for that night was measurement and math activities.


The structure of the Family Nights is usually many different learning stations set up throughout the school for families to visit and participate in. There were ten different classrooms set up for families to experience various fun learning type activities. Families visited the classrooms and participated in hands-on activities that promoted learning concepts centered around measuring, graphing, number recognition and addition.  


Other activities have included, food activities, Minion Bookmarks, letter and number creation, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Go Away Big Green Monsters, along with many, many more. Overall, we usually have between 200 and 300 attendants. We are extremely proud of our students, as they are the motivation to bring mom and dad to school to show them their classrooms and participate in fun learning activities


The Family Nights usually run from 5:00 to 6:00. If you have an elementary aged student and missed these first two family nights, there will be more family nights coming up this school year. Join our family nights and have some fun!


As always, thank you so much for your support of the School District of Black River Falls!  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me!  Let’s show our Tiger Pride in all that we do!


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