This page is designed to provide you with the information you need to be fully informed as a community member – whether a parent, teacher, alumnus, or current student. If you have questions about items on this page, or would like to suggest additional documents that would be useful please speak with the Coordinator of your campus.
ParentSquare - ParentSquare is the primary communication tool of RSSAA and is used for both emergency and general school communications. All families are automatically members of ParentSquare and will receive email messages from the school. If you would like to be able to set your communication preferences, join ParentSquare groups, use signups, comment on posts, etc., you should register using the email or cell phone number you have on record with the school. Here is a guide to get you started using ParentSquare.
Information Portal - The Information Portal is a secure, online resource giving you access to our searchable school directory. You will also have the ability to update your personal contact information through the Portal. If you are a new family and need access to the Portal, please contact the front desk and a Portal signup link will be emailed to you.
Community Map - This map shows school families by location. Please use it to find nearby families for carpooling, babysitting, play dates, pet sitting, socializing and more! It must be used with our school directory (available through the Information Portal) to find contact information for the school families near you.
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Articles & Links
We will continue to expand this list of articles and links. Please check back often to see what's new!
The foundation of reading is explained in this informative article from the Nelson Waldorf School. "Just as a...child will learn to walk without our teaching her, and just as a child miraculously learns to speak her native language..., so will a child naturally learn to read when she has a positive relationship with the spoken and written word..."
"While early education creates an important foundation for academic skills, many parents would be surprised to know that social skills are actually far more predictive of outcomes into adulthood than early academics." Read more about why your child's social skills are more important than academics in kindergarten in this article from Motherly.
In the United States there is a widespread belief that teaching children to read early — in kindergarten or even prekindergarten — will help them be better readers in the long-run. Unfortunately, "... there is no solid evidence showing long-term gains for children who are taught to read in kindergarten. In fact, by fourth grade and beyond, these children read at the same level as those who were taught to read in the first grade."
Time Magazine recognizes that play helps us learn; not just young children, but teens and adults too. "Giving students occasions to learn through play not only fosters creative thinking, problem solving, independence, and perseverance, but also addresses teenagers’ developmental needs for greater independence and ownership in their learning, opportunities for physical activity and creative expression, and the ability to demonstrate competence."
This article from The Atlantic looks at education vs. learning and finds that "...companies have begun to recognize that traditional education does not always equate to success in the business world" and, "According to a Gallup poll of high-school students, the No. 1 measure of college success is a sense of hope for the future."