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Kent Road School are inviting their parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and
siblings to share in the classroom experience thanks to a popular and
long-running program called Partners and Learning.
“The idea is to
have families, or anyone significant to the child, come to school to spend time
doing curricular activities,” said Guidance Counsellor Brenda Ryant. “The
afternoon is planned around interactive activities for families and students to
For example, in
February, a classroom hosted families for a Festival du Voyageur themed event. Students
and their families learned about Louis Riel, tried out jigging and spoon
playing, sampled bannock and learning math through a fur trading post.
course of the school year, Kent Road will host a Partners and Learning event in
“We wanted to
get our community to come to Kent Road on a day that wasn’t about
parent-teacher interviews or anything formal. Just have them for a regular
school day,” Ms. Ryant said.
Gibson, who has attended several such events with her children, said they were
an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon.
“The kids get
to show their parents what they’re learning, and it’s a great way to interact
with the kids and see them interacting with other students.”
A week prior to
a classroom hosting an event, students think about who they would like to
invite and create special invitations to send home.
invited to bring whoever is significant to them. It doesn’t have to be a
parent,” Ms. Ryant said. “And they can bring as many people as they like.”
celebration has been a continued success at Kent Road, having been a part of
the school for 15 years.
to be a really positive way to get parents into the building,” Ms. Ryant said.