Wednesday, December 5, 2012
At a lively presentation Monday, teens talked to parents about their lives, then young adults who followed less traditional paths told their stories.
The lucky people who attended Monday night's joint presentation by Bob Houghtaling's TLC group and volunteers from the Teen Center got the yin and yang of the teen experience. It was impressive. The Teen Leadership Consortium (otherwise known as the TLC) got the evening rolling by breaking into three different groups, with TLC members sitting in with each group directing the discussion in three areas: school stress, social media, and communication. The idea came out of a TLC meeting earlier in the fall, when several students talked about the expectations they feel from school, their parents, and even themselves. Monday night's event was a chance to do just that – to try to talk to parents as a group directly and let them know how it …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Meadowbrook parents ask for help in convincing the School Committee construction must not take place while children are in the building.
Frustrated over a perceived lack of communication from school officials over construction plans for Meadowbrook Farms Elementary School, some parents appealed to the Town Council Monday night. The parents were reacting to the bid approved by the School Committee in March, which laid out a construction plan that would start in June and proceed through the following summer, including during the 2012-13 school year. The work is meant to solve longstanding moisture problems at the school and would require removing a layer of asbestos floor tiles and replacing the roof. Several parents have said they feel so strongly against construction while the building is occupied that they would enroll their children elsewhere during that time period. "My…
Monday, April 23, 2012
Parents ask that construction take place without children and staff present.
Monday, April 23, 2012
To The Editor: In September 2011, parents of elementary school children in East Greenwich convinced the Town Council to approve a major renovation project to one of the school district’s failing buildings. For years, the Meadowbrook Farms Elementary School, which houses half of the community’s K-3 students as well as a pre-school program, has had issues with humidity and mold that cause the floor tiles to buckle and crack. More importantly, this compromises air quality. The building’s roof failed not long ago and there is asbestos in the floor. Attempts to resolve these issues repeatedly failed over the years. The approval of the funding brought relief to many in the community, particularly those who fought the hardest to ensure that the …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Letters sent out to parents came with some unanticipated news
Parents received some unexpected news last week after schools in East Greenwich sent out letters informing them of morning and afternoon kindergarten assignments. "We expected AM and had planned kindergarten enrichment for our daughter at Aim High Academy in the afternoons," said Stephanie Frazier, parent of an incoming Frenchtown kindergartener. Frazier was lucky enough to have a flexible schedule to change her plans around. "They gave no warning, and I think after all these years they could have and should have given more advanced notice of the schedule change," Frazier said. Frazier and others said that children in their neighborhood (the Hill) had been assigned to morning kindergarten for the past eight years. "People who work …