Saturday Academy Answer Keys

Here are the answer keys for the Saturday Academy math workbooks:

3rd Grade Teacher’s Guide MATH Part 1 – Copy-r9rzjv

3rd Grade Teacher’s Guide MATH Part 2 – Copy-1ld6v4y

3rd Grade Teacher’s Guild MATH Part 3 – Copy-18q94nx


4th Grade Teacher’s Guide MATH Part 1 – Copy-1m7vdgo

4th Grade Teacher’s Guide MATH Part 2 – Copy-qf0okw

4th Grade Teacher’s Guide MATH Part 3-1pq55nx


5th Grade Teacher’s Guide MATH Part 1-2addcll

5th Grade Teacher’s Guide MATH Part 2-1d85qtg

5th Grade Teacher’s Guide MATH Part 3-1j36dvu

5th Grade Teacher’s Guide MATH Part 4-2er3u9e


Math-a-thon 2019!!!

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 (cjarrat@schools.nyc.gov). She’s our Math-a-thon Coordinator.


School CLOSED Monday, March 4th

The Mayor announced a short time ago that all New York City public schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday, March 4th, due to the coming snow storm. We anticipate that schools will be open on Tuesday.  You can keep up with the latest information by going to the DOE website: schools.nyc.gov.  Or follow @NYCSchools on Twitter.


2019 New York State Exams–Parent Workshop Materials

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 (cjarrat@schools.nyc.gov or 718-263-9770, ext. 1240).

She will also be giving another workshop on the 2019 exams in February or March.


Book-of-the-Month 2018-2019

This year, we reinstated 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 2018-2019 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–Red: A Crayon’s Story–Our first book is Red: A Crayon’s Story, by Michael Hall.  Some of you are already familiar with the tale of Red, the crayon who, notwithstanding his name, is clearly blue. Though he tries to draw cherries and hearts and the other crayons cheer him on in well-meaning ways, everything he draws comes out blue. Infused with emotional smarts and empathy, this story celebrates diversity and difference in all its forms. Central Themes include: Being true to yourself; appreciating differences; the value of friendship

October–We’re All Wonders–This month’s book is We Are All Wonders by A.J Palacio, which introduces young readers to Auggie, a boy whose face doesn’t look ordinary, but he likes to do the same things that the other kids do. Just as in Palacio’s Award Winning Book Wonder (and the movie of the same name), the other kids don’t see past Auggie’s facial difference. They don’t invite him to play, and they point at him and call him names. This is when he is feeling especially lonely. But with the help of those who love him, Auggie realizes that he is a “Wonder” regardless of the physical differences among friends.  Central Themes include: Physical Differences, Bullying, and Friendship

November–I am Human–Susan Verde is the author of other books such as I Am Yoga, I Am Peace and The Museum. I Am Human is the story of what it means to be a human being as both an individual and within our worldwide human community.  This book recognizes that as humans we make mistakes, but that also means we have the ability to choose how we respond to our mistakes.  The focus of this book is having empathy for others and ourselves.  We can do this by learning from our mistakes and making a change.  For example, we can be kind to one another, even when it is difficult.  We can choose love and compassion and celebrate the “human-ness” in all of us.   Central Themes include: Empathy, Self-Awareness, Self-Reliance and Being Unique

December–A Family is a Family is a Family–Our selection this month is the book A Family is a Family is a Family, by Sara O’Leary.  This is a story that showcases the beautiful variety in family compositions. A Family is a Family is a Family recognizes  that   although  families can  be  configured in many different ways, all families are composed of love. What a beautiful message, indeed.  Central Themes include: Families are Different, Appreciating Diversity, Pride in One’s Heritage/Background

January–Rescue and Jessica–Based on a true story, Rescue thought he’d grow up to be a guide dog—it’s the family business, after all. But when he gets news that he’s better suited to being an assistance dog, he’s worried that he’s not up the task. Then he meets Jessica, a girl whose life is turning out differently than the way she imagined it, too. Now Jessica needs Rescue by her side to help her accomplish everyday tasks. And it turns out that Rescue can help Jessica see after all: a way forward, together, one step at a time.  Central Themes include: Special Needs, Disabilities, Understanding, Inclusion, Acceptance, Collaboration, Determination, Friendship, Courage