joy of learning | creativity | curiosity  |  self-empowerment

Last month, we sent an electronic survey to all of our parents. The goal was to find out how the parents and the students were feeling about their experience at the Yadkin Valley Community School. 

The results were very positive. We were thrilled to find out that 100% of the respondents would recommend the school to others, and 100% of the respondents feel that their child is being loved and nurtured while at school. It was also nice to see that eight of the nine respondents rated their overall satisfaction a 10 out of 10!
However, we are by no means perfect. One of the lessons that we teach the kids (whether they are writing, working on a science experiment or building something in the outdoor classroom) is that part of the iterative process is continually working to improve. We must examine things that aren't working as well as we would like and determine how to fix those. We must also examine things that are going well and try to make those even better.
Based on the survey results, one area that needed improvement was communication with parents. Because our parents do not receive a folder full of completed worksheets every week, some were left feeling like they weren't sure what their child was working on at school. To improve communication, we are now sending out emails to parents every week that give them a general overview of the week's academic focus and what the class has been doing. This is in addition to the Facebook posts which highlight some of the many special moments throughout the week. Parents will also learn more about what their child has been working on specifically by viewing his or her weekly work plan. Each child is now bringing home his or her work plan for a parent to sign. This is a great opportunity for discussion. We encourage our parents to ask questions like "How do you play the Snake Game?" or "What are Racks and Tubes?". 

This survey has been an excellent tool for us to evaluate areas of success and areas needing improvement. We are so grateful to our parents for taking the time to give us this feedback. 

On Thursday, February 11, we ventured to the Mount Airy Regional History Museum. This trip was planned to go along with our US History studies. At the museum, the students learned about Native Americans, early settlers, local geography and our hometown celebrities.
OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIPS (VOUCHER PROGRAM): If you are interested in finding out more about the voucher program to receive tuition assistance, visit the NCSEAA website. The application for next year (2016-17) for new students will be available at 9:00 a.m. on FEBRUARY 1ST. All eligible applicants who apply before March 1, 2016 will be entered into a lottery. The 2016-17 recipients will be randomly selected from that pool of applications.

DISABILITIES GRANT PROGRAM: If your child has an IEP or a 504 Plan, he or she may be eligible for this program. This application is due May 1, 2016.

The NCSEAA website offers a lot of information about these two programs which provide private school tuition assistance. Please contact the Yadkin Valley Community School if you have questions.

Please share this information with any family that you think may be interested.

Registration is now open for the 2016/2017 school year. If your child currently attends the Yadkin Valley Community School, you will be receiving a letter-of-intent form to secure your spot in the fun next year. Any new families interested in our school should visit our website and submit an application. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. We will have a limited number of spaces so everyone is encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. 
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we asked the kids what they love about school.

We are so grateful to our donors!
We are also very excited to collaborate with our generous partners:

Yadkin Valley Community School  •  240 Standard Street  •  Elkin, NC 28621

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