Letter from Claire - Nov 28

Dear Families,
 
Thank you to all who came to November Chat with Claire! The topics discussed were: water, middle school and construction.
 
We have been in contact with the Deputy Chancellor in regards to the water and are waiting for a letter of clearance from the DOE to send out to families.  Our water fountains should be back online soon!
 
Last week we had three successful events showcasing our upper grades: Middle School Tour, a Fireside Chat, and a Walking Tour for students. In addition, four middle school students spoke at Chat with Claire about the transition from elementary to middle school. They spoke about how the middle school is small, challenging, supportive environment. They also described the two high school regent courses they are currently taking: Living Environment and Algebra I, and how engaging and thought provoking the courses are.
 
The brick repairs to our building will be starting soon and you will notice a lot more construction action.  There will be work on the scaffolding first, as the workers will work hard to protect our building, community and neighborhood.  The Greenhouse will also be protected and in use the whole time of construction.  During winter break the yard by the parking lot will be used as a staging area, but we will not lose the big yard or the little yard during the school day.  Construction on the side of the big yard will not start until July, when everyone has gone on summer vacation.  Please note that, once construction starts, the playground will close at 4pm.
 
From the Classroom
I visited Kristin’s fourth grade work celebration. Students shared with families their realistic fiction stories, social studies Native American study, gratuity quilt and Math work (area and perimeter), essays and note taking strategies.
 
Updates
Please donate to our New York Cares Annual Coat Drive until December 16th! Collection boxes are inside the lobby. Please bring warm winter coats to donate to a New Yorker in need. Thanks in advance for your generosity and support.
 
Best,
Claire