Letter from Principal Franks
Monday, January 27, 2020 9:35 PM

Dear Armatage Families,

The first half of the school year is in the record books.  I continually tell my two sons the old adage, “The days are long, but the years are short.”  It is a reminder to them to slow down and enjoy the time they have with their children, as it becomes memories before you know it. 

Comprehensive District Design

Last Friday, the district posted five models that the MPLS School Board will vote on in early April.  It is important as a Mpls. Public School family you are aware of the models and share your voice with the district at one of the upcoming listening sessions.  Below are the dates of upcoming meetings:

January

Wed. 29

Districtwide focus *Roosevelt High School (Location changed from Wilder) 4029 S. 28th Ave.6:30-8:00 p.m.

Thur. 30

Districtwide focus & District Parent Advisory Council Davis Center 1250 W. Broadway Ave. 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Fri. 31

Somali Parent Advisory Council Davis Center 1250 W. Broadway Ave. 6:00-8:00 p.m.

February

Mon. 3

Districtwide focus Justice Page Middle School 1 W. 49th St. 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Wed. 5

Districtwide focus Bethune School partnership with Phyllis Wheatley 919 Emerson Ave. N. 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Thur. 6

Special Education Parent Advisory Council Davis Center1250 W. Broadway Ave. 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Mon. 10

Black Parent Advisory Council Davis Center 1250 W. Broadway Ave.6:00-8:00 p.m.

Wed. 12

Latino Parent Advisory Council Davis Center 1250 W. Broadway Ave. 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Wed. 19

Hmong Parent Advisory Council Davis Center 1250 W. Broadway Ave. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Below is the districts  summary of the five models:

The first model looks at keeping school grade levels and programs the same, which would require significant changes for sustainability. In this model, there would be the potential for a substantial number of school closings and extensive resource reallocation.

The second model uses the boundary studies to have community schools and centralized magnet schools that are grades K-5 and 6-8.  In addition to two of the magnets being dual language immersion schools, this model also includes two-way language programs within some community schools. The third model is similar to the second, but adds a third language immersion magnet school rather than additional two-way language programs within schools.

The fourth model uses the same base of community schools and centralized magnets, but makes some magnets K-8 and includes additional two-way language programs in up to three community schools. The fifth model also has community schools and centralized magnets, with some magnets as K-8s and a third immersion magnet school.

In any of these models, school closures and resource reallocation could still occur, but not at the level required should we keep our current structure. And again, while information on the models will be online before the meeting, we encourage everyone to wait for the public presentation to better understand the decision-making behind the models.

We also hope everyone is able to attend a listening session to learn more about the CDD. Interpretation and childcare services will be available at every meeting. After a brief welcome, there will be a video overview of what the CDD is, why it’s happening, and some of its important parts. District leaders will then give a brief presentation with additional information. The remaining time will be devoted to questions and answers.

Armatage Survey

Yesterday, you should have received an email from armatagecommunications@gmail.com with a request for you to complete a survey regarding some demographic questions and some regarding your satisfaction with our school.  The information elicited will give us valuable data on the areas of strength and development. The survey will take only a few minutes, and so I ask that you please complete it by the end of the week. Results will be provided in the next few weeks.

If you did not receive the email, please check our website for the link.  For families who do not have access to email / or would prefer to call into the school and have answers recorded by hand, Abdullahi Aden will do this for our Somali families.  In addition, Carey Seeley, A.P. and I would be happy to support everyone else with dictated survey responses. 

Family Reading and Story Night

This Thursday, January 30th is our Family Reading Night.  Traditionally, this has been a night where students come in their jammies (or not) and enjoy storytelling, books being read and the opportunity to celebrate literacy. 

Our event is from 6 – 7:30 p.m.  It will feature local authors, storytellers, Write from the Heart, a craft, a snack and book sales by the Wild Rumpus.  Everyone is welcome!

Tours

Our school tours are quickly ending.  To date, we have had 187 families tour our school since October.  If you know of anyone who may be considering Armatage Montessori as a choice for their child/ren and have not yet taken a tour, please have them contact the school and we will be happy to get them scheduled.  Our last tour is scheduled for February 7th.

FAST Bridge Tests

The winter FAST Bridge testing is completed.  In the next few weeks, every classroom teacher will be meeting with either Carey or myself to look at the fall data and compare it to the winter FAST Bridge results.  We will be discussing how the classrooms progressed, how individual kids developed and create a plan of action for students who may need additional support.  

I hope to see everyone this Thursday evening at Family Reading Night.  Thank you for your ongoing support of our school; it is truly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Joan S. Franks, Principal