My father-in-law bought his dream car this weekend; a big black Camaro with tinted windows. He has been talking about that car for years. I first heard about his dream right after I was introduced to my husband's family years ago. I have to admit that I thought that he would never buy it. We were all so surprised when we got the text with a picture of the fancy car in their driveway. If you have ever been to a game at Fenway Park or a basketball game at the TD Garden in Beantown, he might have sold you a cold drink or even a RED SOX or Celtics sweatshirt. I don't think that he and my mother in law ever purchased a new sports car before - much less a shiny, black one.
It seems that a lot of dreams are coming true lately. In the last few weeks, we received the news that our preschool classrooms have received Brightstars4 and now have the highest rating of a public preschool in Rhode Island with the highest score of '5' in nine of the ten categories and 4.81 in the 10th standard. Miss Karen's class at Captain Hunt School has also been rated as the ONLY public school preschool classroom in Rhode Island to be honored with CECE Approval; the Rhode Island Department of Education's (RIDE) highest rating to indicate quality in a preschool. In Kindergarten, RIDE has determined that 80 percent of the students at Robertson should be able to meet the end of year DRA2 Literacy benchmark. Right now, 78 percent of the students meet the rigorous benchmark for this time of year and so, with a lot of great team work with families, our Kindergartners will meet that goal by the end of this school year by having extensive sight word vocabulary (50-100 words,) reading left to right, being able to point to words and understanding the meaning of simple stories. We are almost there; we must dream big and dream fierce!
We are so proud of all the hard work of our teachers, support staff, and most especially you, our parents, for the hard work and dedication to help our little ones to learn and to love learning. Dreams do come true! And, if you are in Massachusetts and see a black camaro drive by, it is probably my father-in-law driving to one of his jobs. After all of his hard work, he deserves it. #DreamBigDreamFierce
Beth Tanner, MS Ed