Not enough time for lunch
I'm worried about the very limited time the kids seem to have for eating lunch. My daughter often reports that she wasn't able to eat her lunch because she didn't have time. Rushing kids through eating isn't healthy.
Separate-ness of student body
There is a separate-ness, of those in Dual Language and those who are not. I mostly get this sense from parents, but feel that staff (office & principal included) perpetuate this feeling -- not treating Spanish-speakers as they do English-speakers, not understanding the nature of the DL population..
I am concerned that kids are not getting enough physical activity. There was a recent article in NYT that kids that had even very short, but very regular physical breaks performed better academically.
Leal should have a P.E. teacher
Physical education should be on par with arts and general instruction. Classroom teachers can continue to cover P.E. at varying degrees of proficiency, just as theoretically they could do with arts, but just as we have professional arts teachers, we should also have a professional P.E. teacher.
Not enough creative play/exploratory learning
I want to know that my child is learning how to look at the world in a dynamic way and become a problem solver and not just learn by memorization and test taking. Last year's teacher never seem to incorporate any of this kind of learning, it was just endless worksheets.