This year, we are continuing our Book-of-the-Month practice. Throughout the school year, every class will be reading a common book, so that we can have conversations across classes and grades. The theme of our books for the 2019-2020 school year, will be aligned with one of our schoolwide goals—creating inclusive and equitable learning environments for all children. Our message is simple: EVERYONE is welcome.
September 2019–All Are Welcome–Our first book this year is All Are Welcome, by Alexandra Penfold. Our first book is All Are Welcome, by Alexandra Penfold. Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcome. A school where children in patkas, hijabs, baseball caps and yarmulkes play side by side. A school where students grow and learn from each other’s traditions. A school where diversity is a strength. Warm and inspiring, All Are Welcome lets students know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, and they are welcome in their school. Central Themes include: Being true to yourself; cultural diversity; appreciating differences; the value of friendship
Please click here for Mrs. Migliano’s May 2019 newsletter: Principal Newsletter May 2019-1nq1zlm
How would you like to WIN ALL these PRIZES?
ONE LUCKY winner will get ALL of these great prizes in a family bag of fun! (A game of Slimeball Dodgetag, a basketball, 4 backpacks, t-shirts for the whole family, a water bottle and a to-go coffee mug.)
The last day for the Math-a-thon is Friday, March 22nd, and we hope YOU will participate. If you don’t want to sign up online, you can send in money for the Math-a-thon in a sealed envelope to Ms. Koatz (Checks should be made out to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.) Everyone who contributes (whether it’s a dollar or $1,000) will be entered to win all of these great prizes. This is IN ADDITION to the prizes you can win from St. Jude’s for participating (see prizes here: Mathathon 2019 Prizes-qarq3v)
Although it is optional, we hope everyone will help the children of St. Jude’s. Every penny we collect goes straight to help children suffering from life-threatening illnesses.
We would like to participate. What should we do?
- Register online at http://fundraising.stjude.org/ps196q2019
- Ask family, friends and co-workers to contribute.
- BY MARCH 22nd hand in your envelope to Ms. Koatz—You will write down how much you’ve donated online and include any cash or checks.
- Note that any checks need to be made out to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
- Parents, ask your companies if they have matching funds for St. Jude’s!
What if we have more questions? Please email Ms. Koatz (firstname.lastname@example.org). She’s our Math-a-thon Coordinator.
Please click here for Mrs. Migliano’s March 2019 newsletter: Principal Newsletter March 2019-1fwy1k6
On December 13, 2018, Ms. Koatz, assistant principal, gave a workshop for upper-grade parents on the upcoming Math and ELA (English Language Arts) exams. You can see a copy of her PowerPoint presentation here: ELA Math Parent Workshop December 2018-28i66ee The sample questions in the presentation are taken from the 2017 New York State exams (https://bit.ly/2yyWVN6). To get a better idea of the structure of the tests and the difficulty of the questions, Ms. Koatz suggests looking at the released questions from previous years (https://www.engageny.org/3-8).
Third, fourth and fifth grade students will be taking these exams on:
April 2 & 3 for ELA
May 1 & 2 for Math
If you have questions about the exams, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Koatz (email@example.com or 718-263-9770, ext. 1240).
She will also be giving another workshop on the 2019 exams in February or March.
Building teacher capacity in designing rigorous tiered tasks and incorporating math talk to engage all students in learning, in order to develop their conceptual understanding in math, resulting in an increase in student progress.