Letter from Claire - Jan 9

Dear Families,

Field Trip Friday was a success! From our middle schoolers seeing a movie based on a novel they are reading to classes going on: a tour of the Whitney museum: to participate in the museum’s “Artist as Storyteller” program, designing pottery, visiting the African burial ground, New York City Center for Space Science Education and that is only a few of the classes. Students and parent volunteers shared how much they learned and teachers were excited to celebrate heightened student engagement. We are looking forward to our next field trip Friday on February 3rd. Thank you to all parent volunteers who were chaperones. Please continue to sign up to chaperone on upcoming trips.

 

Our school leadership team met this past week. We planned our curriculum workshop led by our staff on February 8th @ 6:00 pm. Please save the date. Last year we had over 100 families attend.

 

Please come to Chat with Claire with kindergarten families on January 19th @ 8:45 in the cafeteria.

 

Please come to Chat with Claire on January 24th @8:45 am in the cafeteria. If you cannot join, please share your questions, concerns or comments on our anonymous suggestion box on our website. Or share with our PTA presidents: Brad and Lisa at msccopres@gmail.com

 

From the Classroom

Meghan, our TC staff developer was on site working with grades 3-5. 

 

3rd Grade:  We discussed small groups in Writing and structures for implementing small group during Writing Workshop. Using writing checklists to plan for writing small group instruction. Leaning in on key strands for each week of a writing unit.

 

4th Grade: We decided toe end the literary essay and historical book clubs by February break. We created a plan and schedule for small group instruction and conferring in reading and writing. For reading to pick a skill from reading progressions and that is the explicit teaching in small group. For writing, pick a skill from checklist and teach in small group.

 

5th Grade:

We updated the calendar and decided to complete Argument reading and Writing by February 3rd. We made the decision to use text sets for reading and writing.

 

Reminders:

·      Please help us keep MSC clean. Let’s have a campaign to keep MSC clean! For 1st and 2nd grade, please at the end of each day, make sure your child’s cubby is empty.

·      K-5, you will be receiving a progress report the week of January 30th. 

·      6-8 a report cards will be mailed home on February 3rd. 

 

Best,

Claire