The Washington Primary School community is set to make new family memories this year. The building’s shared decision making committee is spearheading a new initiative designed to bring household members closer together.
“It is with great excitement that we are introducing our monthly memory making program,” states a flyer sent home with students. “Our shared decision making team and faculty agree; in this busy and overscheduled world, we often do not have time to cherish what is important. Sometimes it can seem as if we are rushing from one activity to the next and almost need to now schedule family time together.”
The program kicked off last week. Future evenings are slated for December 13, January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9 and June 13. A different theme will be highlighted each month. November’s is “respect.” Students discuss with their teacher and classmates what they did during the evening.
Homework will not be assigned to students on any of the scheduled dates. “The only assignment will be for families to come together and share,” states the letter sent home. “We’ll give you our monthly theme and a few suggestions of what you can do. Each month you’ll receive a small something. This month you are receiving a leaf. We ask you or your child to simply write something as to how you spent your togetherness time on the leaf and send it back to school the next day. Teachers will invite students to share their monthly memory making evening activity the following day.”
Some families cooked and ate dinner together while others decided to play a board game. Some watched movies as a family. There were dozens of variations among the hundreds of students in the building.
“We believe that family unity is vital to the foundation of our school,” states the flyer sent home with students. “Quality family time that is uninterrupted is essential to keeping families close. Research has shown that reinforcing relationships and seizing and savoring moments of connection benefit the well-being of both adults and children.”
Participation in the new program is expected to grow as the school year moves along. “Let’s use our monthly memory making evenings to create memories that last a lifetime,” states the flyer sent home to families.