[IAEP] Letter to GPA Parents
bill.cowie at gmail.com
Sat Aug 1 22:21:39 EDT 2009
Your letter does a good job of conveying your message to the parents. Since
I'm new here, I'm wondering how much those parents have heard about Sugar up
to this point. Unless you are sure they have been hearing a lot about it, I
would include a bit more explanation. I re-arranged your letter a bit --
take what you like.
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We are very pleased to tell you about a new and innovative computer-based
educational program designed especially for children. We call it “Sugar”. The
kids at GPA had a wonderful time working with Sugar this summer, and we have
put some pictures of their work on the World Wide Web. You can see them at
(*insert link here*).
Your son or daughter is one of the first to receive this program on a USB
memory stick, which we call “Sugar on a Stick”. He or she will bring this
memory stick and a CD home at the end of the GPA summer camp. If you have a
computer at home, they will be able to try it and perhaps show you what they
This memory stick is a brand new way of using Sugar on your computer, and we
haven’t had time to test it on many different types of computers. It works
on the computers at school, but we don’t know if it will work on yours. Please
try it, but if it doesn’t work, that doesn’t mean there is anything wrong
with your computer. We will continue to work on getting it to run on all
computers in the months ahead.
Please have your son or daughter bring back the Sugar stick and the CD on
the first day of school in the Fall, whether or not it works on your
Parents and family can find out more about Sugar by visiting our web site at
If you have any questions, or would like to know about our plans for the
Fall, or would like to volunteer to help in the Fall, please email
caroline at sugarlabs.org
Thank you and we look forward to meeting you all in September!
Instructions for booting your computer with Sugar.
Put in the CD
Turn off the computer
Plug in the USB
Turn on the computer
If you have a Mac, hold down the “c” key as it starts up and as you hear the
Please don’t be frustrated if it doesn’t work! We’ll figure out why and fix
it this fall.
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On Sat, Aug 1, 2009 at 11:20 AM, Anurag Goel <agoel23 at gmail.com> wrote:
> looks pretty good to me.
> On 7/30/09, Caroline Meeks <caroline at solutiongrove.com> wrote:
>> First draft - Comments? Suggestions? Do you think I put in too much
>> background information?
>> Dear Parent,
>> Your child will take home from camp a USB stick and a CD that they used in
>> school this summer. Their work this summer is the first part of a school
>> wide program to use “Sugar on a Stick” at the GPA. The GPA will be the
>> first school that uses a USB stick to bring Sugar home.
>> Sugar is the name of the software and you can learn more at
>> www.sugarlabs.org. Your kids are the first ones to use it on a USB stick
>> but almost a million kids are using it on the “One Laptop per Child”
>> computers in countries like Peru and Uruguay.
>> If there is a computer at home the students can try to use Sugar. We will
>> teach them how to do it in class. It may not work on your computer yet.
>> The stick may also stop working at some point. That is fine, we are doing a
>> pilot test and we know there are still problems. We will work all next year
>> to make sure it works for all students.
>> Please have your student bring the stick back to school on the first day
>> of school regardless of whether or not it works.
>> The kids all had a wonderful time working with Sugar this summer and
>> produced some amazing things! Pictures of their work are up on the web:
>> We may also be creating some videos that will include your children and
>> their work, if you have signed a release form.
>> If you would like to know more about Sugar and our plans for the Fall or
>> if you’d like to volunteer to help in the fall please email
>> caroline at sugarlabs.org
>> Thank you and we look forward to meeting you all in September!
>> Caroline Meeks
>> Sugar Labs
>> Instructions for booting your computer with Sugar.
>> Put in the CD
>> Turn off the computer
>> Plug in the USB
>> Turn on the computer
>> If you have a Mac, hold down the “c” key as it starts up and as you hear
>> the chime.
>> Please don’t be frustrated if it doesn’t work! We’ll figure out why and
>> fix it this fall.
>> Caroline Meeks
>> Solution Grove
>> Caroline at SolutionGrove.com
>> 617-500-3488 - Office
>> 505-213-3268 - Fax
>> IAEP -- It's An Education Project (not a laptop project!)
>> IAEP at lists.sugarlabs.org
> Anurag Goel
> IAEP -- It's An Education Project (not a laptop project!)
> IAEP at lists.sugarlabs.org
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