Letter from Claire - Nov 27

Dear Families,

 

Giving Tuesday tomorrow! Our school theme this month is Gratitude and I have been reflecting on gratitude. We are grateful for the rich programming and resources that we can provide our students, and we are grateful for our dedicated and tireless teachers and staff!  We are also grateful for the engaged and involved MSC parent community, who so generously give their time, skills and financial support to help make our school a very special place.

 

The Annual Appeal is one of our most critical fund raising efforts. Every year I am touched and grateful to all of our MSC families who come together and give so generously so that all our students have access to enriching programs and opportunities that would not otherwise be possible with our school budget. If you haven't yet had an opportunity to make your gift this year, please consider doing so this week as we celebrate Giving Tuesday throughout the school.

 

News! We are happy to welcome Modesta Peralta as our Assistant Principal. Modesta is a mother of two adult children. She has worked for the NYC public school system for over 20 years, both as a special education teacher and an administrator. She is passionate about children and how they impact our world.  Modesta believes that we are all continuous learners making the partnership between the families and a child's teachers so very important.  

 

Kerry Powers has been appointed as our 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, Kerry has been working with the MSC community in a part-time supervisory role and Interim AP.  Prior to that, she spent 15 years teaching middle school Humanities in Manhattan and a year coaching progressive NYC school principals.  

 

Family Conferences:

We are having families sign-up online for a specific appointment through sign-up genius.

The link is below:

6th Grade: Evening session conference is Wednesday, Nov. 29: 5:30pm-8:00pm

Half day afternoon conference is Thursday, Nov. 30th: 12:50pm-4:30pm (students are dismissed at 12:00)


https://tinyurl.com/MSC6thGrade601
https://tinyurl.com/MSC6thGrade602

 

7th Grade: Evening session conference is Wednesday, November 29th: 5:30pm-7:00pm.

Half day afternoon conference is Thursday, November: 12:30-2:00.  Students are dismissed at 12:00. Morning session conference is Monday, November 27th: 8:30am-11:30am (school is in session at this time)

https://tinyurl.com/MSC7thGrade

 

8th Grade: Evening session conference is Wednesday, November 29th: 7:00-8:00pm.

Half day afternoon conference is Thursday, November: 2:00-3:00.  Students are dismissed at 12:00.  Morning session conference is Friday, December 1st: 8:30am-11:30am (school is in session at this time)

https://tinyurl.com/MSC8thGrade

 

Reminders:

  • Come to Harvest Potluck Dinner on November 28th. It is a community event for staff, families and students to get together.

     

     

  • First Friday Field Trip is Friday, December 1st. Please sign up to be a chaperone.

     

  • Every Wednesday from 8:15-8:45, you will be able to drop off your home compost at the gym side entrance at school on Wednesdays (please do not bring your compost before this date, and please do not bring your compost on other days other than Wednesdays). We hope this allows you to compost your food scraps more often and more easily! This organics collection includes all food and soiled paper, so no need to separate out the meats and dairy! If you have questions, or you would like to help Shakira with the collection, email her at shakira@ps333.org

 

Best,

Claire

Dear Families,

 

Giving Tuesday tomorrow! Our school theme this month is Gratitude and I have been reflecting on gratitude. We are grateful for the rich programming and resources that we can provide our students, and we are grateful for our dedicated and tireless teachers and staff!  We are also grateful for the engaged and involved MSC parent community, who so generously give their time, skills and financial support to help make our school a very special place.

 

The Annual Appeal is one of our most critical fund raising efforts. Every year I am touched and grateful to all of our MSC families who come together and give so generously so that all our students have access to enriching programs and opportunities that would not otherwise be possible with our school budget. If you haven't yet had an opportunity to make your gift this year, please consider doing so this week as we celebrate Giving Tuesday throughout the school.

 

News! We are happy to welcome Modesta Peralta as our Assistant Principal. Modesta is a mother of two adult children. She has worked for the NYC public school system for over 20 years, both as a special education teacher and an administrator. She is passionate about children and how they impact our world.  Modesta believes that we are all continuous learners making the partnership between the families and a child's teachers so very important.  

 

Kerry Powers has been appointed as our 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, Kerry has been working with the MSC community in a part-time supervisory role and Interim AP.  Prior to that, she spent 15 years teaching middle school Humanities in Manhattan and a year coaching progressive NYC school principals.  

 

Family Conferences:

We are having families sign-up online for a specific appointment through sign-up genius.

The link is below:

6th Grade: Evening session conference is Wednesday, Nov. 29: 5:30pm-8:00pm

Half day afternoon conference is Thursday, Nov. 30th: 12:50pm-4:30pm (students are dismissed at 12:00)


https://tinyurl.com/MSC6thGrade601
https://tinyurl.com/MSC6thGrade602

 

7th Grade: Evening session conference is Wednesday, November 29th: 5:30pm-7:00pm.

Half day afternoon conference is Thursday, November: 12:30-2:00.  Students are dismissed at 12:00. Morning session conference is Monday, November 27th: 8:30am-11:30am (school is in session at this time)

https://tinyurl.com/MSC7thGrade

 

8th Grade: Evening session conference is Wednesday, November 29th: 7:00-8:00pm.

Half day afternoon conference is Thursday, November: 2:00-3:00.  Students are dismissed at 12:00.  Morning session conference is Friday, December 1st: 8:30am-11:30am (school is in session at this time)

https://tinyurl.com/MSC8thGrade

 

Reminders:

  • Come to Harvest Potluck Dinner on November 28th. It is a community event for staff, families and students to get together.

     

     

  • First Friday Field Trip is Friday, December 1st. Please sign up to be a chaperone.

     

  • Every Wednesday from 8:15-8:45, you will be able to drop off your home compost at the gym side entrance at school on Wednesdays (please do not bring your compost before this date, and please do not bring your compost on other days other than Wednesdays). We hope this allows you to compost your food scraps more often and more easily! This organics collection includes all food and soiled paper, so no need to separate out the meats and dairy! If you have questions, or you would like to help Shakira with the collection, email her at shakira@ps333.org

 

Best,

Claire

Letter from Claire - Nov 20

November 20, 2017

 

Dear Families,

 

We had a successful middle school tour for our 5th graders and their families. Thank you to Matthew, Alaina, Amy, Stephanie D, Wyatt, Erin, Raphael, Stephen and Sharifa for your participation and preparation for our 5th grade walking tour. 5th grade families shared how dynamic the classrooms felt and how engaged the kids were and how much ownership of their learning was displayed. Big thanks to Susan Gargiulo for organizing, planning and the parent volunteers for leading the tours.

 

Thank you to all who attended November Chat with Claire! Our topic was bias. Thank you Octavio, Sean and Taina, members of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee for facilitating with me.

 

We are having an ongoing conversation this year. We continue to build relationships. Our focus has been on restorative justice and practices and conflict resolution/ mediation with our guidance counselor, Michelle.

 

The PTA is hosting a training for families with Border Crosser on December 12th (It is

a similar training the staff participated in during the first days of school.

 

We are looking into partnering with The Leadership Program’s ‘Empowering Upstanders’ Project. Their approach is to build empathy and kindness by building Upstanders in classrooms and communities. We would like to pilot the program this year at MSC with the goal of making this a school-wide comprehensive program at the beginning of the next school year.

 

Come to Harvest Potluck Dinner on November 28th. It is a community event for staff, families and students to get together.

 

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From the Classroom

Thank you to Sharifa and Rapahel for organizing and planning 4-8 Town Hall! The theme was gratitude. 

 

Wendy and I met with our delegates: Delegate meeting. Students worked in cross grade groups to identify problems at MSC and solutions. Some problems: Trash on the floor, in stairwells, in cafeteria, Not including others, Remembering to put recycling in correct bins, misbehavior at recess. Some solutions: adding more trash cans and putting up signs as reminders to throw out trash and to place in correct bin, have a sign in the recess yard, “see something, say something.”

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Coming Up…

6-8 Family Conferences: November 29th: Evening Conferences 5:00pm-8:00pm November 30th: Afternoon Conferences, 6-8 students dismissed at 12:00pm

Families sign up on sign up online. If you need assistance, please contact Caren at caren@ps333.org

 

Reminders for recess guidelines:

Conflicts, accidents and communication:

·      Minor scrapes and or injuries are handled in the Main Office where ice and/or Band-Aids are provided as needed.  Recess staff will escort students to the Main Office.  In the event of a serious injury, one school staff will escort students to the Nurse’s Office and then return to the recess yard.

·      Conflicts see Family handbook guidelines

·      Communication – If it is a serious injury, the nurse contacts family. For a verbal or physical disagreement, the classroom teacher, Kerry or Caren contacts the family.

 

Best,

Claire

 

 

 

Letter from Claire - Nov 13

Dear Families,

Please come to Chat with Claire on Wednesday, November 15th @ 8:45 am in the cafeteria.

 

The topic and focus of the Chat is on bias.  Members of the Inclusion and Diversity committee Taina, Octavio and Shawn will be there to support and share some resources. They will also share a preview of some upcoming Parent Workshops.  Share questions, concerns/topics to msc333.diversity@gmail.com. This will help us focus the conversation.

 

Our first K-5 scheduled parent / teacher conferences are this week.

Ø  Evening Session Conference is Wednesday, November 15th 5:00pm-8:00pm.

Ø  Half day afternoon conference is Thursday, November 16th 12:50-2:50. Students in K-5 are dismissed at 12:00.

 

This is an important opportunity for teachers and parents to review progress and together set individual goals.  Teachers will discuss strengths, next steps, and provide information about what your child should be working towards as the second grading period starts.  Your child’s progress report will be shared at the conference.

 

If you are unable to attend a conference, please contact Caren, our parent coordinator, at Caren@ps333.org and she will assist in scheduling a conference. Families have access to STARS progress report through NYC Schools Account. Caren can assist in getting STARS access as well.

 

Thank you Jason, dad to Levi, Zeke and Sam, who led an assembly on Cyber Safety for our 6,7 and 8th graders. All advisories came together and they were so engaged on how to be smart and mindful online.

 

From the Classroom

Thank you to Suzanne and Laurel for organizing and planning K-3 Town Hall! The theme was gratitude.  Students from Laurel and Suzanne’s classes created gratitude quilts and a video answering the question what are you grateful for? The videos are posted on our website www.ps333.org under the media widget. Please take a look.

 

Pajama Day was a big success! Students K-8 participated in our spirit day. There are great pictures on our website.

 

Best,

Claire

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Letter from Claire - Nov 6

Dear Families,
November’s First Friday Field Trip Day was a splendid day!  Our students enjoed the wonderful warm weather and went to the farmers market, New Victory Theatre, NY Historical Society, neighborhood walks, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the library, Clarke Theatre at Lincoln Center.  The 8th graders went to Earth IMAX at the Museum of Natural History through our partnership with Urban Advantage and the 7th graders travelled all the way to Philadelphia to see all the historical.  Thank you to all the families that volunteered for the trips. It is a great way to celebrate the teacher, student and family connection, a MSC tradition!
 
This week I attended a principal conference at Teachers College. Peter Johnson was the keynote speaker.  He wrote Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children’s Learning, a favorite of mine. He spoke about building intellectually, socially, and emotionally healthy learning communities. He explained engagement is genuine motivation and self-determination. Students who are engaged are: happier, have more friends, feel more control of their lives, and makes better decisions.
 
Questions Posed: 
What do we expect to see and hear in an intellectually healthy classroom?  Engagement (not compliance), children inquiring, questioning, theorizing, seeking evidence, disagreeing, helping and help-seeking when necessary, collaborating, expecting, and engaging different perspectives, no intellectual hierarchy.
 
What do we expect to see and hear in emotionally and socially healthy classrooms?
Pro-social behavior, collaboration, positive, relationships, empathy, helping and help seeking, emotional self-regulation, dialogic discussion of emotional and relational issues, a sense of gratitude, no social hierarchy, happiness.
 
From the Classroom
Eden, Finn, Alexandra and Bryant from Fara and Hilary’s 5th grade class, shared with me their published personal narratives: flying by myself on a plane, boating in banana boat, dancing dilemma and the final test in Math. Students shared how they refined their writing by adding figurative language to stretch out story, including a problem, resolution, and external thinking.

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News! MSC Graduate Emma Albert was selected to be a Grand Marshal at the NYC Marathon next Sunday.  We’re so proud of her! Students from New York City’s Five Boroughs will serve as Grand Marshals for the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon.
Group of Rising New York Road Runners are participating in race-week festivities including riding in the lead vehicle on race day with Olympic medalist Jenny Simpson. More than 3,000 kids will participate in TCS New York City Marathon race week events, including the Rising New York Road Runners Youth Invitational on marathon day.

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Family Conferences:
K-5 Families
The first scheduled parent / teacher conferences will be the week of November 15th. The goal is for all families to have a family conference.

  • Teachers have a sign-up sheet outside their classroom for families to sign up.
  • Evening Session Conference is Wednesday, November 15th5:00pm-8:00pm.
  • Half day afternoon conference is Thursday, November 16th12:50-2:50. Students in K-5 are dismissed at 12:00.

 
6-8 Families
For 6-8 conferences, we are having families sign-up online for a specific appointment through sign-up genius. The link is coming soon.
 
6th Grade
The first scheduled parent / teacher conferences will be the week of November 27th.

  • Evening session conference is Wednesday, November 29th: 5:00 pm-8:00 pm.
  • Half day afternoon conference is Thursday, November 30th: 12:50-2:50.  Students are dismissed at 12:00. 

 
7th Grade
The first scheduled parent / teacher conferences will be the week of November 27th.

  • Evening session conference is Wednesday, November 29th: 5:30pm-6:45pm.
  • Half day afternoon conference is Thursday, November 30th: 12:30-1:30.  Students are dismissed at 12:00. 
  • Morning session conference is Friday, December 1st: 8:30am-11:30am (school is in session at this time)

 
8th Grade Families,
The first scheduled parent / teacher conferences will be the week of November 27th.

  • Evening session conference is Wednesday, November 29th: 6:45 pm- 8:00 pm.
  • Half day afternoon conference is Thursday, November 30th: 1:30 pm-2:50 pm.  Students are dismissed at 12:00. 
  • Morning session conference is Monday, December 4th: 8:30 am-11:30 am (school is in session at this time)

 
This is an important opportunity for teachers and parents to review the first report card together, review individual goals, and set new ones. Families will meet with teachers to discuss strengths and next steps. Students are encouraged to attend the conferences.
 
If you need assistance signing up for a conference, please contact our parent coordinator, Caren at caren@ps333.org
 
Our MSC School Leadership team has had met over the past three months has been meeting. The School Leadership Team (SLT) is a joint team of teachers, parents, school staff, and the Principal that is mandated by the Chancellor's Regulation A-655. The SLT plays a significant role in creating a structure for school-based decision making and shaping the path to a collaborative school culture. The SLT contributes to the development of the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). Check out on our website www.ps333.orgunder the widget “get involved:” School Leadership Team for minutes from meetings and FAQ’s.
 
Best,
Claire
 

Letter from Claire - Oct 30

Dear Families,

 

Thank you to all who attended October Chat with Claire and our PTA meeting! For an evening session, it was well attended. Most of our discussion was on our snack policy.

 

Snack:

Should students bring in their own snack? Concern is all students will not bring in snack and then some students will be left out and be hungry.

Suggestions:

Parents donate money for snack.

Offer 3 simple healthy choices for snack so it is easier for families to contribute.

Develop relationship w/ outside food vendors and maybe get a discount

Have a snack coordinator- model after book room parents.

 

Elevator Update

Thank you for your patience as we continue to wait for elevator repairs.  As you know, we are down two elevators, out of four.  It has been a struggle for everyone in our building, especially during morning drop-off and end of day pick up.  Please remember that at MSC, families have daily access to the school building and their children's classrooms.  This is something very special, and we've worked hard to make it a reality in the DOE.  Most schools have drop off and pick up in the yard, or cafeteria.  We want to continue to extend this privilege to our families.

 

Please be patient when entering the building. We ask those capable of using the stairs to do so, in order to allow more room in the elevators for those who need it.  Please use BOTH STAIRCASES, going UP and DOWN on different sides, so that there is more room, it is less crowded and less chaotic.  6th, 7th and 8th Grade students are escorted to class by our staff first thing in the morning.  Elevators are then available to families and caretakers to take younger students to class.

 

We continue to be proactive in demanding that the elevators be fixed and we have been informed that repairs will happen soon.  Elevator #1, the one that has been out of service for over a year, needs to be upgraded and modernized.  That takes a long time.  We appreciate all the emails regarding this issue, it helps our school in showing how important the repairs are to our community.   If you have any questions, please reach out to Tatiana at THoover2@schools.nyc.gov or call 311 to let the DOE know we need all our elevators back in service.

 

From the Classroom

Wendy and I met with our class representatives. We have our official school wide rules for 2017-2018. 

Golden Rule: Treat other the way you want to be treated

Always help others and eyes on the speaker.

Try to solve problems with an open mind

We should be kind in all ways. For example: we will share and include others. We will also care four our environment, peers and listen to everyone.

 

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Thank you to Stephanie and Stephen for leading and organizing October town hall. The theme: Responsibility.  Thank you also to the 7th grade classes for hosting. Students shared a video on responsibility of hallway and classroom behavior and handing in work on timely matter. Check it out on our website, www.ps333.org

 

Thank you Nancy for inviting families to a family Math evening for families in her 5th grade class. 

 

Reminders:

First Friday Field Trip is this Friday, November 3rd. Please sign up to be a chaperone. Classes need as many volunteers as possible. It is a wonderful way to give back to your class and to spend time with your child.

 

As Halloween approaches, please remember that 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. Please remind your children of our policy. Students should NOT wear costumes to school.

 

Join us for this year’s first MSC Movie Night on Friday, Nov. 3rd from 6:30-8:30 as we screen a very special documentary called “I Am Eleven”. Open to all MSC families.

 

*Although the screening is open to all families, parents should be aware that the film touches on subjects like war, poverty, and some violence (one boy mentions an older boy getting shot to death in his neighborhood). It’s about 75% serious, 25% light-hearted. Tickets are $5 per family (suggested). To learn more, visit the film’s

website at www.iameleven.com

 

 

Best,

Claire