Dear G W Childs Families, Welcome to the new school year! We open for students in kindergarten through eighth grade on Monday August 27, 2018 at 8:20. Please note the new opening time. All students must come through the front door on 16th Street, and the doors will not open until 8:20. All students will report to the auditorium. Students in grades 6 to 8 will report to the balcony of the auditorium, and students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade will report to the mezzanine of the auditorium. Teachers will be there at 8:30 to pick up students and bring them to their classes. Parents must leave their children at the front door as there is not enough room for parents in the auditorium. This year brings a lot of exciting experiences for our children. We will continue to have Philly Pops and our choir; the WHYY Media Lab; Enchantment Theater for our fourth graders; Koresh Dance for our third graders; Ballroom Dancing for our fifth graders; and much more! Childs is implementing the Blended Learning Model this year. This means that your children will use the Lexia Reading online program for reading in grades K to 5 and Achieve 3000 in grades 6 to 8; and iReady for Math in grades K to 8. The students will spend 20 minutes to half an hour each day in class working on the computers, and they can spend as much time as they want on the programs at home! This is a great way for children to make rapid improvements in reading and math. We also hope that many more parents will get involved with our school. We have the monthly parent and School Advisory Council meetings, and we encourage parents to attend the N.I.C.E. monthly meetings as well. The school needs more parental involvement to get our new playground initiative off the ground. Enjoy the rest of your summer. Remember that children should arrive between 8:20 and 8:30. After 8:30, students will be considered late. Do not send them before 8:20 because there will not be anyone to supervise, and children will not be able to get in the building if it is raining.
Dr. Eileen Coutts, Principal