We do have wonderful students. On many occasions, visitors to our school have commented on how well behaved and respectful our students are. I tell visitors "When you have adults who respect children, you have children who respect adults." I believe this is a result of a joint effort on the part of parents and teachers. It is important for students to understand that there are different types of respect- respect for ourselves, for others, for property, and for the environment. This year the focus of our weekly assemblies will be Respect For All. These assemblies will address the academic and social behaviors that not only prepare students for success in college or a chosen career, but will also enable them to be productive and respected members of society. Our guidance counselors will also be holding parent workshops on this topic. We will be sending out more information on these workshops in the near future.
Please note the following:
- As mentioned in September's Newsletter, we are using new materials to support literacy and math instruction. Students in grades K-5 are using Ready Gen for literacy and Go Math! for mathematics. Our grade 6 students are using Code X for reading and CMP3 for mathematics. All of these resources were recommended by the Department of Education and are aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards. Though there were some initial delays in receiving these materials, most of the materials have now arrived and are in the classrooms.
- Our Kindergarten and Fifth grades are full. The Office of Enrollment has "capped" these grades, which means we can no longer register kindergarten or fifth grade students. Parents of new kindergarten and fifth grade students will be offered a seat in a neighboring school for this school year.
- Please help us keep your students safe by not double parking when you drop off your child. If you must escort your child to the entrance of the building, please park your car legally.
- School starts at 8:20 a.m. Teachers pick up their classes at 8:20 a.m. If your child is not on line at 8:20 a.m. they are late. Please arrive at school with enough time to allow your child to reach his class by 8:20 a.m.
- Two of our teachers were awarded grants from Donor's Choose. Mrs. Littlefield (3-323) received a grant for an iPad Mini to be used for instruction and Ms. Pugliese (3-325) received a grant to provide art supplies for her class.
- Over the summer Mrs. Cavanaugh (4-317) obtained tickets for the Big Apple Circus for several of our students. We are grateful to her for helping to provide these students with this experience.
- Last year, Mrs. Ahmad (KG22) worked with sixth grade students making bracelets. Over the summer a friend of Mrs. Ahmad took the bracelets to Afghanistan and distributed them to girls in rural areas. Thanks to Mrs. Ahmad for helping our students reach across geographical and political boundaries with these gifts.
We are fortunate to be a part of a team of students, parents, teachers, and paraprofessionals. Each member is essential to the success of the team. I know that by working together this will be a successful school year for our students.