“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to the human soul.”—Joseph Addison
Hello CLA Families,
While difficult to comprehend, since it feels like it has gone by in the blink of an eye, our school year is coming to a close at the end of this week. It has been an amazing year in so many ways, and I consider it a privilege to have been able to witness significant growth among our students. Even with that said, the staff and I are already analyzing and thinking about aspects of our school that need attention and shoring up--much of it in response to constructive feedback we have received from students and families. We believe we can and will be able to build upon what is working well, and address what isn’t, as we continuously work to make CLA as effective and inclusive a school as possible for our diverse student body.
Thank you to families for enthusiastically supporting our series of Spring Showcases held over the past three weeks. The turnout exceeded expectations, and the overwhelming sentiment appears to be favorable of the smaller showcase format as opposed to one larger comprehensive event. Our graduation this past weekend, that in a sense was our final showcase featuring teacher-designed keepsake diplomas personally presented to each graduate. This Thursday we will be hosting at school an end-of-year Honors & Recognition celebration at 11:00 a.m. that will have us presenting certificates and awards to a handful of students and staff. This short assembly is open to families and guests, although space is limited.
Our last days of school for students are this Thursday (6/6) or Friday (6/7), both half days with a noon dismissal. Please note, students need only attend school on Friday if they are owing assignments for any courses and/or if they have an excess of absences requiring attendance recovery. Teachers will be evaluating final assessments and assignments over the weekend and submitting final grades early next week. Report cards for the semester will be mailed by Friday, June 14th.
With enrollment appearing to be increasing for the upcoming school year, the school is exploring how best to address the associated need to expand and redesign our current facility. Our priorities include enhancing safety and security with entry points into the building, as well as increasing and enhancing our instructional spaces to be more conducive for our project-driven approach to teaching and learning. We do have limited spots open in some grades, so please do share with those you know about CLA as a tuition-free school choice option (and know the school offers referral gifts to current families for new families that enroll).
Over the summer, please stay in touch with us and be on the lookout from communications from the school with information and announcements leading us into the 2019-20 school year. In closing, thank you for warmly welcoming into the CLA family this year. Each day that I am at the school only affirms for me what a special learning community we are growing together. Here’s to the future.