Letter from Claire - June 27

June 27, 2017

 

Dear Families,

Another school year is almost over. It has gone by so fast! Thank you for all your volunteer work, support and commitment to our wonderful school. Big thanks to our PTA co-presidents, Lisa and Brad for all of their support and their true partnership. We welcome our new PTA co-presidents, Abbey and Maura. We are very excited to work together.

 

Great News! PS 333 Manhattan School for Children has received $195,000 from the City Council capital discretionary funds. These funds are for the Final Stage of the Auditorium Upgrade as requested by the school and will be administered by the School Construction Authority (SCA). Thank you Andree Sanders for all of your determination and perseverance to ensure that our auditorium is updated.

 

School Leadership Team had our final meeting of the year. We introduced our new parent members: Shawn, Kate, Kay and Liz. We reviewed and revised our comprehensive education plan goals for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Big thanks to our SLT, we accomplished so much this year and it was a pleasure to work as a team. Thank you to incredible chair Susan Gargiulo, we thank you for your incredible leadership. 

 

Take time to enjoy summer. Spending time as a family, being outside, reading, seeing the sites in NYC, museums, maybe travelling, camp or a staying local and having a picnic in the park. I will miss when I come to school in the summer, not having the opportunity to greet all of you and our students in the morning.

 

If you have questions over the summer, please contact Caren at caren@ps333.org

 

See you in the fall and walking around the neighborhood.

 

 

Best,

Claire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter from Claire - June 12

June 12, 2017 

 

Dear Families,

 

Our Parent Association Executive Board met this week. We all agreed to secure a teacher training with Border Crossers (Border Crossers utilizes creative and interactive pedagogy to engage educators in explorations of race and racism with K-12 students. We believe that if educators have a strong racial justice analysis, and are prepared to have meaningful conversations about race and racism, students will be better equipped to interrupt patterns of racism and injustice in their own lives and thrive in a multicultural society) in September.

 

We are planning to host a meeting with Border Crossers that includes myself, the members of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee and the PA Exec so that we can customize the parent portion in order to reach as many parents as possible.

 

Please come to June Chat with Claire and PTA meeting on Tuesday at 8:45am in the auditorium. 

 

From the Classroom

We had our final K-3 town hall. The theme is accomplishment. Gerri and Lindsey class sang Rockin’ Robin.  Megan shared a video of our accomplishments in music. Madelene’s 2nd/3rd grade performed a Japanese dance and Elizabeth R's 3rd class dance shared a dance from Mexico. Thank you Ana for leading town hall. Thank you to the 5th and 6th grade tech team: Nina, Summer, Maya Asher and Erin.

 

Grades 3-5 had a productive planning session with Meghan from TC. We planned using our planning document on Google doc. Our question for the upcoming year is: how do readers and writers develop independence around goal setting and the use of tools (checklists, learning progressions, rubrics) across units of study (Transference from grade to grade)?

 

We hosted a Wellness in the Schools Cafe day in the cafeteria. 5th and 6th graders made kale Caesar salad with herb croutons, spiraled carrot with honey lemon vinaigrette and kale chips. The greens came from our greenhouse.

 

We inducted 5th-8th graders into the Junior International Thespian Society, which honors theatre arts.  Thank you Erin for organizing and planning this important event.

 

Best,

Claire

Letter from Claire - June 5

Dear Families,

This past Friday was our last first field trip Friday for this year. Thank you for all the participation and planning you all did with the teachers to make this new tradition a success. Thank you for your flexibility and openness to a new routine that really benefits our students. Especially since NYC is a learning lab where students can continue to explore hands on learning as a community of learners. We are continuing first field trip Friday in the 2017-2018 school year. Think about ways you can help and volunteer.

 

From the Classroom

We celebrated 7th and 8t grade students who were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society (a national organization that recognizes academic achievement). Students spoke about scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. Thank you Matthew for planning and organizing the beautiful event and to the parent volunteers for hosting a beautiful reception.

 

K-2 had a productive planning session with Valerie our staff developer from Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. We planned using our planning document on Google doc. Our question for the upcoming year is: how do readers and writers develop independence through the use reading and writing units of study? What are the artifacts? Take observational data. What are the pillars of workshop?

 

Coming Up..

Thursday, June 8th is Chancellor Day no students

Monday, June 12th is a clerical day- no students

Please come to Chat with Claire and PTA meeting on Tuesday, June 13th at 8:45 am.

 

Reminders…

Arrival and Lateness:

Please make every effort to be on time to school. It is so important that students arrive on time and are not late. Students are expected to be in their classroom by 8:32am. All students, grades K-8, are considered late after 8:35 am. Any student not present between 8:32 and 8:45 am will be marked absent.

 

Students arriving at school after 8:45 am must go to the Main Office room 516, sign in and get a latepass. If you enter the building after 8:45 am, you must sign in with security and then will be instructed to go to the main office for assistance. Also, for dismissal, adults may come into the building only at 2:50.

 

 

 

Best,

Claire

 

 

 

 

Letter from Claire - May 15

 

Dear Families,

 

Thank you to all the parent volunteers for making staff appreciation such a beautiful experience. One that truly shows what makes MSC such a special place! Thank you Amy Shaw for organizing and planning such an extraordinary event.

 

Our book room sponsored used book sale was a big hit! Students and staff were so excited to buy books and all left with a book in hand. Thank you to our book room committee for organizing and planning such an important and enriching event. 

 

Elevator Update…

In the past days we have struggled with elevators working in the building.  We truly appreciate everyone's patience and understanding.  Like you, we are frustrated by the delay in repairs.  Facilities is responsible for elevator maintenance, and we have been working closely with John Hession, Deputy Director of Facilities in Manhattan in order to get our elevators running again. At this time, mechanics are working to resolve the issues. If the elevators are "on key," which happens when we only have one/two elevators working (it helps ensuring that those with greatest needs have access to them), and you require assistance please let security know, or call the Main Office and one of us will assist.

 

Arrival and Lateness:

Please make every effort to be on time to school. It is so important that students arrive on time and are not late. Students are expected to be in their classroom by 8:32am. All students, grades K-8, are considered late after 8:35 am. Any student not present between 8:32 and 8:45 am will be marked absent.

 

Students arriving at school after 8:45 am must go to the Main Office room 516, sign in and get a latepass. If you enter the building after 8:45 am, you must sign in with security and then will be instructed to go to the main office for assistance. Also, for dismissal, adults may come into the building only at 2:50.

 

From the Classroom:

Our 6th NY Sun Works Youth Conference “Discovering Sustainability Science” at Symphony Space was a great success! Our 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders presented on building sustainable cities and building a sustainable future.

Thank you Sonja, Frances, Oscar, Mario, Ishan, Jade, Levi, Mattias, Gabe, Luisa, Ian, Sahil, Caleb, Julia, Grey, Sasa, Reynece, Isabelle, Milah, Malcolm for presenting such informative and innovative ideas. Thank you Shakira, Amy B, Sharifa and our partnership with NY Sunworks for organizing this impressive and important school wide event.

 

We hosted our 2nd Welcome to MSC Event for our new incoming families. Our 7th and 8th graders performed two songs from our upcoming musical, Wizard of Oz. Thank you Erin and Megan for preparing our students and the help with the tech.   

Thank you Marissa, Alice, Gerri and Lindsey for speaking about all the reasons MSC is such an extraordinary and unique school.

 

Updates:

Please come see the MSC musical Wizard of Oz on May 19th and 20th @ 6:30 in the auditorium. The event is free.

 

The MSC Science Fair is coming, THURSDAY, May 25th 2017!  The fair is a celebration of the science learning that’s going on in school as well as at home! We’ll have a school day session from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm for students and teachers only, and an evening session from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for students, families, friends and teachers.

 

 

Best,

Claire