Letter from Claire - Oct 16

Dear Families,

Thank you Charlene and Diane for organizing Photo Day, and to the parent volunteers who helped make it such a success!!  Photo day for so many students is a big undertaking, and we’re extremely lucky to have the support of our families.  Big smiles everywhere.

Please come to Chat with Claire on October 24th @ 5:30 pm in the auditorium. This will be a joint meeting with the PTA. The topic is snack.

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From the Classroom

6th grade had a publishing celebration of their personal narrative unit. “This unit is a cornerstone launch for writing workshop. It helps to set the tone for kids’ writing life in middle school – ideally a tone that says, “Your stories, and therefore your lives, matter here.” I read three strong pieces: Maybe, The Day Democracy Died and Jellyfish.

Thank you to Sharifa and Raphael for inviting families to an evening orientation to Regents Living environment course. 

 

Best,

Claire

Letter from Claire - Oct 10

Dear Families,
First field trip Friday was a success! Classes visited the West Side Community Garden, NY Historical Society, Library, American Museum of Natural History and community building activities in Central Park. Thank you to all who volunteered to be a chaperone and class parents for helping organize! It was wonderful to see students, staff and families coming to school excited about the trip and then returning to school together laughing and happy.
 
From the Classroom: Wendy and I started our school wide Congress where two representatives from each class shared their classroom rules. The groups sorted and categorized key words and trends. We are meeting again on Tuesday (tomorrow) at 8:32 in the dance studio. It is so important that students have a voice in creating the rules and coming together as a whole school.
Representatives 2017-2018
Kindergarten:                                                               1st Grade:
Lynn: Wade and Lucia                                                Rachel: Kevin and Carolina
Julia: Laz and Neve                                                     Erica and Sam: Tessa and Eli
Gerri and Lindsey: Isaac, Hannah, Sebastian               Suzanne: Sam and Olive
Amy: Emelia and Jarod                                                           Laurel: Judah and Annika
 
2nd Grade:                                                                    3rd Grade:
Elizabeth: Cara and Leo                                                           Marissa and Alice: Luke and Sable
Karen: Amelia and Sam                                                           Elizabeth: Francisco and Flora
Mary Ann and Nicole: Sinan and Sam                         Stephanie: Fela and Selma
Madelene: Zoe, Zoe
 
4th Grade:                                                                     5thGrade:
Kristin: Alex and Maddie                                             Kelly: Isa and Daniel  
Eunice: Noya and Henry                                             Nancy: Sasha and Max
Michele and Stephanie: Jack and Sophia                     Hilary and Fara: Bryant and Daniel
 
6th Grade:                                                                     701: Summer and Frances
Alaina/Amy: Lily and Lucas                                        702: Julia and Eden
Matthew: Dahlia, Lucas                                                           8th: AD: Madison and Jacob
                                                                                    8th: BC: Lily and Noah

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Big shout out to Erin for starting Google classroom at our school for 6-8 grades. Thank you to Erin for inviting families to an evening to learn all about how to use Google Classroom this week.
 
 
Please come to Chat with Claire on October 24th @ 5:30 pm in the auditorium. This will be a joint meeting with the PTA. We are discussing snack and our Wellness Policy.
 
Reminders:

  • Photo Days are this week. October 11th- October 13th. If you have questions, please reach out to Caren at Caren@ps333.org
  • As Halloween approaches, please remember, the MSC community has families from many different cultures and traditions. Some families in our school community do not celebrate holidays because of religious or cultural beliefs. Therefore, we do not celebrate holidays, or decorate the school or classrooms for holidays, nor do we hold holiday celebrations. Students should NOT wear costumes to school.

 
 
Best,
Claire

Letter from Claire - Oct 2

October 2, 2017

 

Dear Families,

 

Thank you to all families who were able to attend curriculum night. So many families attended K-8. If you were unable to make it, contact Caren, our parent coordinator so she can share handouts that were shared.

 

Thank you to all who attended a special kindergarten Chat with Claire!

It was an open forum for families to share questions and concerns.

Please take the time to review our family handbook. It has so much helpful information and reading it will answer many questions.

 

We discussed our curriculum, partnerships are our student centeredness-progressive approach to education. Please take a moment and go to our website, www.ps333.orgwhere our mission, philosophies and curriculum are explained.  

 

Recess is at the end of the day.

·      The reasons are we are co located with two other schools and we share space and it makes for an easier dismissal in the auditorium.

·      Coach Dell through our partnership with Wellness in the Schools is at recess and he supports organized play.

·      At 10 am little yard is free and kindergarten teachers take students for another opportunity for some fresh air and play.

·      Students always go out in all weather except rain and snow. Dress kids appropriately.

 

To support kindergarten classes:

School aids help in the morning ( they help with snack, recess, academics and transitions)

Student teachers

Our PTA funds are used for enrichment programs for all students K-8.

 

Please if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our PTA president, Maura and Abbey at msc.copres@gmail.com or Caren our parent coordinator at caren@ps333.org  or Alison, our K representative.

 

 

From the Classroom

Big shout out to Marissa and Alice and their class for hosting our first town hall, our theme is pride. We listened a read aloud: I Like Myself. Students were wearing blue and white to show MSC pride (our school) colors. They shared a video on pride. What is something you are proud of and what are you proud of at MSC? It is on our website, take a look.

 

Reminders:

·      First Field trip Friday First Friday Field Trip is Friday, October 6th. Please sign up to be a chaperone.

 

·      Soon publishing celebrations are about to happen, please remember the celebration is about the work and students sharing with their families and not food.

 

·      To build community with families, support your teacher by scheduling a pot luck where families bring food and the purpose is to mingle and get to know each other.

 

Best,

Claire

Letter from Claire - Sep 25

Dear Families,

 

Thank you to all who attended September Chat with Claire! The auditorium was quite full with families, the most we have ever had.

 

Wellness Policy: We have a Physical Movement Committee (parents and staff), who worked on the updated Wellness policy. Let’s celebrate learning instead of bringing food to publishing celebrations. Recess will not be taken away as a punishment. Consequences should fit the behavior/incident. Special Day, be creative, not focus on food (examples: make a book about the child, magic tricks, tell jokes). What makes the child unique?

Snacks should be healthy/ portion control is important

 

Wellness in the Schools- introduced chef Yadira and Coach Dell

Coach Dell introduced FITBITS in the classrooms and Wellness Week

Chef Yadira spoke about our labs, harvest days, wellness committee and electives

 

Recess: Little yard is open to all grades; Coach Dell will do activities w/ the kids at recess

Parent said girls not active on the playground- Coach Dell will involve the girls

 

Consequences: Parent said she didn’t like her child being sent to another classroom for behavior- Parent views it as punishment. We follow Responsive Classrooms; Claire shared the steps. Please read the Responding to Misbehavior section in the family handbook. Our goal is to support students to return to the pathway of learning and self-regulate.

 

Attendance: Parent worried about MTA transportation problems affecting kids attendance- parent was told a special code is entered - schools see the code and it is not held against the child.

 

Reminders:

·      September 26th: Curriculum Night 6-8 from 6:00-7:00 in classroom.

·      Please bring in your Emergency Contact forms. Students are unable to leave the building (even for a walk) until Emergency contact has been collected.

·      First Friday Field Trip is coming up, October 6th. Please sign up to be a chaperone.

 

Please come to Chat with Claire with kindergarten families on Thursday, September 28th @ 8:45 in the cafeteria.

 

Best,

Claire 

Letter from Claire - Sep 18

Dear Families,

Thank you to all who joined us for curriculum night. So many families were able to attend and it was great saying hello to all of you. If you were unable to make it, please contact Caren, our Parent Coordinator at caren@ps333.org and she can share any handouts that were distributed.

As a progressive school, part of our mission is a whole child approach, this ensures that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged, and provides for long-term student success. To support the wellness of our students, our physical movement committee and staff have updated our wellness policy. Please read the policy, especially the parts highlighted in yellow. We are implementing on Monday for staff and families.

 

Wellness Policy 2017-2018

Through the guidelines listed below, Manhattan School for Children (MSC) will enhance existing wellness practices to further promote student wellness through the education and practice of proper nutrition, a routine of regular physical fitness, and a promotion of environmental consciousness through various green initiatives, all in an effort to improve student’s ability to learn and to create life-long wellness behaviors within the school community. Nutrition Standards: Healthful eating nourishes a child’s brain and body.  Proper nutrition is linked to academic achievement, fewer absences, and improved mood and behavior.

School Meals  

Food: Recommended Guidelines

    • Encourage

      • Daily offerings of fresh food

      • Increased use of scratch-cooked recipes

      • Fresh salad bar with homemade dressings

      • Whole grain pastas, breads and other grains

    • Avoid foods with

      • GMOs

      • Hydrogenated oils

      • Trans fats

      • High fructose corn syrup

      • Food additives or fillers

      • Artificial dyes, colors, or sweeteners (FD&C #s, BHT/BHA, TBHQ, BVO, benzoates, nitrates, sucralose, aspartame, saccharin, caramel coloring, etc)

      • Long ingredients lists

      • Packaged foods

Beverages

    • Plain water, with no added sweeteners

    • 100% fruit juice/vegetable juice and with no added sweeteners with 4oz portions for elementary and middle school, 8 oz portions for upper school

    • 8 oz portions of plain one-percent milk, nonfat milk, soy milk, rice milk, other similar nondairy milk.

Classroom Snacks

MSC has joined the movement to keep our students and our environment healthier with a new food and nutrition philosophy.  The MSC Snack Program is designed to empower children, teachers and parents to make educated choices about food and health while providing good nutrition and supporting healthy eating habits for a lifetime.

 

This snack program will go a long way towards improving the overall health of our student body.  More fruits and vegetables in our diet mean less processed, refined sugary foods – all leading to fewer behavior issues in classrooms, greater productive energy, improved focus and concentration, better academic and physical performance both in and out of school.  Please try not to bring processed, refined, sugary foods to school for any school function, including daily classroom snack, publishing parties, and other class events such as special days.

      • Classroom snacks are well balanced; ideally pair a protein with a carbohydrate choice.

      • Packaged items should include one serving only and should be limited

      • If packaged, follow the 5/5/5 Rule – each single serving snack should have <5 grams sugar, 5+grams fiber, no more than 5 ingredients.

      • Snacks should not exceed 200 calories per single serving snack

      • Please check with your classroom teacher about appropriate snack choices as some of our students have food allergies.

      • To create a well-balanced snack, pair a protein choice with a carbohydrate choice.

PROTEIN CHOICES

CARBOHYDRATE CHOICES

CHEESE – low fat or regulars. A fat free cheese is never a good option for a growing child.  For variety, try different flavors of cheese and cheese sticks, not just mozzarella.

FRESH FRUIT – try to buy seasonal and regional when possible.  Fruit can be served whole, sliced, cut in half, cubed, or in wedges.

ROASTED CHICKPEAS – Dry off a can of chickpeas and add a Tbsp. of olive oil, and salt to taste.  You can flavor them with other spices if desired.  Roast in a 300 degree oven for 20 minutes or until they harden.

ENERGY BITES & BARS – Check ingredients to make sure it doesn’t have added sugars or processed ingredients.  Homemade recipe in addendum. 

DRIED FRUIT – no sugar added and free of sulfites if possible.  Best choices include apricots, pears, peaches, raisins.

FRUIT CUPS – Applesauce or fruit cups should be unsweetened/No Sugar Added.

FRUIT LEATHERS – some brands of fruit snacks are more like candy than fruit and should be avoided due to their high content of added sugars and lack of fruit.

HUMMUS – a spread made from chickpeas; may contain sesame seed as well.

BEAN DIP – black bean or white bean dip

FRESH VEGETABLES – cut up carrots, celery, red or yellow peppers, grape tomatoes are all easy choices.  Don’t overlook snap peas, string beans, asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower too.

EDAMAME – young soybeans; can be purchased in the pods or already shelled.  Children enjoy shelling these themselves.

WHOLE-GRAINS – crackers, rice cakes, corn cakes, pretzels, tortilla chips.  Look for choices made from grains other than wheat as an alternative.

YOGURT – no sugar added please.

 

*For grades K-4, families provide healthy snacks for the classroom at large.  In grades 5-8, children may bring their own snack.  Snacks are distributed as determined by individual classroom teachers.

Classroom Celebrations

  • Celebrations that involve food are limited to one per month. That is for both celebrations include Publishing Parties and Special Days. 

  • Home baked foods with whole foods and fresh ingredients are encouraged.

  • Families are encouraged to celebrate something special about your child by celebrating the child (and his/her interests) and not through food.

Fundraising

      • Non-food related fundraising is encouraged

      • Fundraising activities that involve physical activity are encouraged

      • Foods used for fundraising should follow Recommended Guidelines

      • Home baked foods with whole foods and fresh ingredients are encouraged

Water

  • Students and school staff should have access to free, safe, fresh drinking water at all times throughout the day.

  • School staff is encouraged to model drinking water consumption.

 

Physical Activity

Children who are physically active have an improved chance of thriving both academically and socially.

Daily Guidelines

o   60 minutes of physical activity daily recommended (CDC) - may be broken down into small increments

o   Activities should include a combination aerobic activity, muscle strengthening, bone strengthening

Recess

  • Daily scheduled recess should ensure opportunity for regular physical activity outside of scheduled PE classes

  • There is adequate space for various physical activities (i.e. soccer and tag) and a variety of fitness equipment (i.e. balls and jump ropes) will be available to children to encourage a diverse selection of physical activity

  • Studies* show that overall boys are more active than girls at recess; insure activities are available that appeal to both genders

*http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2013/13_0135.htm

  • During inclement weather, an indoor recess policy that includes physical activity will be planned and implemented

  • Staff may not withhold recess as a punishment

 

Classroom

    • Children should not sit for longer than two hour periods without brief (3-5 minute) fitness or stretching breaks or energizers.

Health Education

Health education provides children with the skills necessary to understand and therefore make healthy choices on their own; knowledge of nutrition and physical education fuels the motivation necessary to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  • School garden is used as a participatory tool

  • Health education is supported through sharing information with families via school website, handouts, newsletters and workshops

  • PE teachers and health educators collaborate to strengthen message of overall well-being

School Lunch Provider should:

  • Collaborate with nutrition educators on general lesson concepts in an effort to support, and not contradict, nutrition education

  • When possible, link nutrition lessons to cafeteria culture and meal plan

     

Sustainability

The children of MSC and the school community as a whole can implement a series of sustainability practices in an effort to take responsibility for our effect on Earth, both now and for future generations.

Recycling

    • Receptacles for glass/plastic, paper, trash and compost are available in cafeteria

    • Receptacles for glass/plastic, paper, trash are available in classrooms and hallways

    • Compost receptacles are available as needed for classroom celebrations that include compostables such as food

Plastic bottle usage

      • Ban sale and use of single serve plastic water bottles at sporting events, school food outlets and activities

      • Offer tap water via cooler dispensers for sports/large events

      • Make available reusable cups and water

      • Provide children with their own reusable cup/or water bottle

Air Quality

      • Post signs to discourage cars and busses from idling in school area

         

Green Cleaning

    • Use environmentally safe “green” cleaning products

    • Use green cleaning procedures

    • Ensure products and procedures are shared and available to students and school staff as necessary

Energy Conservation

    • At end of day, turn off all appliances and electronics at the wall outlet

    • Keep doors closed to keep cool/warm air from escaping

    • Don’t overheat or overcool – set temperatures at 68 degrees in winter and 78 degrees in summer

    • Turn off lights when leaving the room; consider if natural light alone is adequate

 

We are thrilled to re-introduce FIT BITS with our team at Wellness in the Schools.  Our new WITS Coach, Dell Bethea will teach FIT BITS (Short physical activity breaks during academic time are proven to help activate the brain, improve on-task behavior, and strengthen students’ ability to focus) to your class 2 days/week for this first semester, beginning September 25th.  There are 11 lessons and while teaching, he will model for you to then teach on your own for the second semester.  Dell will teach the same lesson each week for 11 weeks then repeat the favorites! Please engage in the FIT BITS with him and feel free to ask questions. A schedule will be shared in your mailbox soon.

 

New…

Reading Buddies: 2017-2018

In order to be fair and equitable in the selection of Reading Buddies, I placed teachers' names in two boxes, one lower house and one upper house, and I pulled a name from each. Cross age partnerships can also be academic tutoring in Math, Science, Social Studies and academic share of projects in all contents (students are the experts and teach to an older or younger student). Also, this cross-age time can be once a month or twice a month and can happen for 20 or 30minutes. The purpose is to build relationships between younger and older students to support our K-8 community.

Amy P & Kristin                                                         Stephanie B & Nicki (8th grade)

Gerri/Lindsey & Nancy                                              Rachel & Kelly

Liz & Matthew (601)                                                  Suzanne & Marissa/Alice

Karen & Michele/Stephanie A                                    Julia & Alaina/Amy (602)

Nicole/ Mary Ann & Eunice                                       Laurel & Elizabeth R

Lynn & Hilary/Fara                                                     Wyatt (701 or 702) & Erica/Sam

Madelene & Claire’s 8th Grade Advisory

 

What is Coming Up…

Please come to Chat with Claire on September 19th @ 8:45 in the auditorium. This will be a joint meeting with the PTA.

  • Curriculum night is September 26th: for 6-8 from 6:00-7:00.

Reminders:

  • Please have your MSC ID out so you are ready to swipe. There are two entrances, the front and the door by the auditorium. To reduce crowds, please use both.

  • Doors in the lobby open at 8:20. Please do not block the entrance. Please make sure the steps are clear so staff can enter.

  • Please come to pick up your child on time. K is dismissed in the auditorium, 3-5 in the basement gym, 6-8 are dismissed in front of the building.

  • If you are late in picking up your child, he/she will be waiting in the auditorium with our staff.

  • Once dismissed, students/families must exit the building.  Adults and students are not allowed to return upstairs.  Please keep that in mind and remind your child to bring her/his belongings downstairs at the end of the day.

 

Best,

Claire

 

 

Letter from Claire - Sep 11

September 11, 2017

 

Dear Families,

These past two days have been so wonderful!  I have enjoyed greeting many of you. Thank you to all the students who walked into the building smiling; hugging me, giving high fives!  This was the best way to start the school year.  

 

We had a smooth and successful school opening! During my visits to classrooms, students and families were talking, bonding and so happy to be back at school.

 

Please note.  Due to the exterior construction work, the little yard will not be available after school hours.  We know this is not welcomed news, but it is imperative that we keep everyone safe during construction.  The plan is to give the workers as much time as possible to finish the project.  Since construction cannot take place during the school day, it is in our best interest to allow them as much time as possible so that they can wrap construction as fast as possible.  We will continue to keep you posted on developments, but if you have any questions about this project, please reach out to Tatiana THoover2@schools.nyc.gov.

 

What is Coming Up…

·      Curriculum night is September 13th for K-5 from 6:00-7:00 and September 26th: for 6-8 from 6:00-7:00.

Reminders:

·      Please have your MSC ID out so you are ready to swipe. There are two entrances, the front and the door by the auditorium. To reduce crowds, please use both.

·      Doors in the lobby open at 8:20. Please do not block the entrance. Please make sure the steps are clear so staff can enter.

·      Please come to pick up your child on time. K is dismissed in the auditorium, 3-5 in the basement gym, 6-8 are dismissed in front of the building.

·      If you are late in picking up your child, he/she will be waiting in the auditorium with our staff.

·      Once dismissed, students/families must exit the building.  Adults and students are not allowed to return upstairs.   Please keep that in mind and remind your child to bring her/his belongings downstairs at the end of the day.

·      Please come to Chat with Claire on September 19th @ 8:45 in the auditorium. This will be a joint meeting with the PTA.

 

Best,

Claire

Letter from Claire - Sep 5

Dear MSC Families,

 

We are happy to welcome you back to another wonderful year at MSC. September is always an exciting time because it is filled with new hopes and dreams for everyone. One of my favorite things about MSC is spending a great deal of time with faculty thinking about ways that we can further develop the academic and social lives of our students, and what it means to be part of a community.

 

In “The Schools of Tomorrow” John Dewey explains that schools should focus on educating its students to become future citizens.  Schools should provide the information and experienced needed to become informed citizens thus, showing the way on how to play an active role in society.

 

Here at MSC we work hard to establish democratic classrooms and how to assist our students to develop into stronger citizens. In our conversations we also brainstorm ways that our students and families can be involved in creating a school community that is caring, safe and supportive.  We all play an important role in community building.

 

This year we are committed to help children learn and experience the responsibility attached to citizenship.  Just like we teach our children to respect our neighborhoods and the world, we will bring those values inside out building by teaching our students to recycle, care for the environment and not to litter.  We are committed to raising student awareness through meetings, modeling and that we need to care for our school environment. 

·      We will not litter the halls, elevator or bathrooms.  As parents you can support our work, and your child’s development, by reminding them to pick up what falls on the floor; paper, food, drink or toys. This is especially important at dismissal. If your child is given a snack please be mindful that there is no eating in the elevator and that any wrappers/food that falls on the floor needs to be picked up.

·      Cubbies are in the common area. We have a responsibility to keep our school tidy and that means cubbies need to be tidy.

·      Students should clean out cubbies on a daily basis. At the end of the day there should not be paper, sweaters, hats or food left in the cubbies.  If there is a caretaker who is responsible for picking up our child, please share this letter with her/him.

·      At the end of the day cubbies should be empty. Tote bags, backpacks, instruments, scooters or helmets cannot be parked in cubbies overnight.  If you have afterschool plans please take your child’s things with you. 

·      Once students are dismissed they may not re-enter the school building. Help your child to take all that he/she needs before leaving the building.

·      Classrooms will be locked when the teacher leaves.  Parents may not re-enter classrooms unless a teacher is in his/her room. This is a DOE policy across the city.

·      Art work that is on exhibition should be respected.  Help us by reminding children that we can enjoy the artists' work, just as we would in a museum or gallery, by looking and wondering -- but we cannot touch or tear their work.

·      Lastly, mornings are a busy time for everyone. Please make sure that if you come into the building with a coffee cup you dispose of it. Please do not leave cups on top of cubbies as we often have coffee spills and teachers then need to tidy up.

 

Lastly, we have a wonderful school and we would like for that wonder to be evident in our school environment by living our values and principals.

 

Fredrick Frobel father of Kindergarten said:

To learn a thing in life and through doing is much more developing, cultivating, and strengthening than to learn it merely through the verbal communication of ideas.

 

On behalf of myself and our wonderful faculty and staff, we’d like to welcome you back! We expect this year to be filled with excitement and wonder.

 

What is Coming Up…

·      Welcome Back to School Picnic in big yard on September 6th at 4:00.

·      Curriculum night is September 13th for K-5 from 6:00-7:00 and September 26th: for 6-8 from 6:00-7:00.

 

Reminders:

·      Please have your MSC ID out so you are ready to swipe. There are two entrances, the front and the door by the auditorium. To reduce crowds, please use both.

·      Doors in the lobby open at 8:20. Please do not block the entrance. Please make sure the steps are clear so staff can enter.

·      Please come to pick up your child on time. K is dismissed in the auditorium, 3-5 in the basement gym, 6-8 are dismissed in front of the building.

·      Please come to Chat with Claire on September 19th @ 8:45 in the auditorium. The PTA meeting will be joining.

 

 

Best,

Claire

 

Letter from Claire - Aug 28

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that it is the almost the end of August. Have missed greeting you in the morning and seeing all the students in the hallways and in their classrooms. Construction has been happening all summer so the building has been empty. We are excited to have a new, bright floor on the third floor.

Construction has started.  The netting is around the building. They are in the process of assembling the scaffolding around the greenhouse. The big yard has been sectioned off for safety reasons so students, staff and families are protected. Great news, a new gate has been installed by the accessible entrance providing more safety for our students.

In July, we received $20,000 from City Council City Council initiative discretionary funds from Helen Rosenthal’s office. These funds are to provide a Cultural After-School Adventure (CASA) program for P.S./M.S. 333 – Manhattan Children’s School.

My summer has been all about deep, inner reflection. It began with participating with District 3 principals in an intensive conscious leadership retreat for educators at Kripalu center for yoga and health in the Berkshires. We delved into practices of mindfulness, stress resilience, self-awareness, and staying centered during social emotional challenges.

This work continued when I participated in a principal training of Restore 360 building community and skill building circles in school (a partnership with Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility). Restorative Circles is another way for students to feel belonging and to have a voice. It teaches students how to strengthen their skills in listening, understanding, managing feelings, assertiveness and problem solving.  Michelle and Diana also participated in the training and together we will utilize these practices as well as our Responsive Classroom practices to provide additional supports for students who struggle to conform to MSC and DOE rules.

I have been visiting the owl eagle, Flaco every week with my nephew at the Central Park Zoo. I did not even know what it was at first. He spends his time perching on branches and trees. Eagle owls are one of the largest owl species. They are powerful birds that can have a wingspan of up to 79 inches. He is quite impressive and while we visit him, my nephew stares at him in awe and asks such astounding questions. He is completely fascinated and asks my brother daily, can we go to the zoo and see the eagle owl, and he is two and a half!

As one school year ends and another begins, there are always staff members who extend a leave, retire or move on to new and exciting places.  We wish Jessica C, Jessica H, Huay, Megan, Nicole W. and Simira and all the best as they embark on the next phase of their educational journey.

We are happy to have Kerry Powers as our new Assistant Principal. As a member of our community for the past three years, she will be able to transition to the new role seamlessly.  For the past three years, she has been working with the MSC community in a part-time supervisory role.  Prior to that, she spent 15 years teaching middle school humanities in Manhattan and a year coaching progressive NYC school principals.  Kerry earned her masters degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and has continued her professional development over the years with various institutions such as Bank Street and NYU.  While teaching she became a NYC Gotham Fellow with the Teaching American History grant and was awarded a Fulbright-Hays grant to study in Turkey.   She brings a warm heart and a shared love of all children’s wonder and possibilities.  We are also excited to welcome a new staff members to our MSC family: Maria Didur, music teacher.

Below is some helpful information for the opening of school on September 7th:

Class-Placement Letters

Attached is your child’s class-placement letter and class list.  If your plans have changed over the summer and your child will not be returning to MSC in September, please notify Tatiana immediately. You may reach her at Thoover2@schools.nyc.gov.

School Day 2017-2018

Our school day begins at 8:32am and ends at 2:52pm every day.

Lunch:  K &1 students eat in the classroom. 2nd-8th students eat lunch in the cafeteria. 7th and 8th grade students have the privilege to eat off campus. 

Dismissal Remains the same as last year: K students will be picked in the auditorium since they have recess every day until 2:55, 1st and 2nd students will be picked in the classroom. 3rd -5th students will be picked up in the basement gym.   Students are picked up by a family member, babysitter, or after school personnel as stated on their emergency and dismissal forms.

NYS test scores have been released. Log into your New York City Schools Account to see your student's scores. If you need assistance, contact Caren, our parent coordinator, Caren@ps333.org 

Important Dates:

September 7th: First Day for Students (Full day for 1st- 8th grades,

K students dismissed at Noon)

September 8th: All students K-8 have a full day of school

September 13th: Curriculum Night for K-5 @ 6:00 (in each individual teacher classroom)

September 26th: Curriculum Night for 6-8 @ 6:00 (in each classroom) 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

All are invited to our Back to School potluck for staff and families on Wednesday September 6th at 4:00pm in the big yard.  This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get to know everyone and to build excitement about our return to school

Attached is an updated family handbook. Please take the time to read through. There are some new additions and it is always important to remind ourselves of MSC policies. 

 

Special welcome to new MSC families! We look forward to you being a part our community.  If you are inspired in volunteering or have questions about our school community, please send an email to Abbey and Maura, our PTA presidents, at msc.copres@gmail.com

Medical Accommodations

If your child needs any type accommodations during the school day, we must have an Authorization Form on file.  If your child is in need of any of the following services, please go to http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/Health/SchoolHealthForms/default.htm and download the appropriate form. Complete the form and give to our school nurse -- in the nurse’s office on the first floor.

Immunization: Please check with your doctor/clinic to ensure that your child/children have all required vaccines.

Enjoy the rest of summer. Taking time to relax, and spend time as a family. Don’t forget to encourage your child/children to read, read, and read some more!!

 

We are so excited to see you all on September 7th.  Here’s to another extraordinary year at MSC.

 

Best,

Claire