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From Julie Craven

December 11, 2018

Dear RAUC Families,

Winter is upon us! Perhaps not officially by the season, but certainly by the temperatures. Please stay warm, and please reach out to our Family Partnership Coordinator, Taraneh Ahmadi, if anyone in your family is in need of warm clothing (, or 617.349.4060 x2041).

Thank you to those who came in for our Fall Learning Partners conferences. We heard from 44% of you through our Family Engagement Survey, fairly equally distributed across grades, which is very helpful as we reflect on what we are doing well and where we can keep growing. Here is what you said about the conferences: They tend to meet your needs (92% agree/strongly agree) and teachers are able to provide feedback specific to your student (97% agree/strongly agree). We can continue to improve on providing ideas on how to support learning at home--while most of you (77%) agreed/strongly agreed that you left the conference with a specific idea, 21% responded neutrally. 

We also asked about the degree to which you believe the school will communicate with you when the school has academic or social/emotional concerns, priority areas you named for us at Back to School Night. The responses indicate there is a generally high level of trust (people responded positively 84% and 77% of the time respectively). We can also continue to grow in this area, particularly in building family trust that we will reach out when we have social/emotional concerns (20% responded neutrally to this question). We recognize that trust is complex to build and will continue to reflect on how to strengthen it. 

The one area where it is clear we have more work to do is in making sure families believe that we are challenging their student--20% of families do not agree that this is happening. We will keep working within the school and with the district to explore opportunities for challenge within the classroom and curriculum. It will also be interesting to find a way to ask students their thoughts on this question.

Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with us. We aim to be a school that supports each student in growing academically in a safe, supportive learning community. Your feedback helps us on our journey.

In partnership,

Julie Craven, 
Head of School