Letter from Claire - November 30

November 30, 2015


Dear Families,


It’s hard to believe that the end of the year is almost upon us.  Lots of wonderful events still to take place at MSC!  


Tuesday, December 1st, is “Giving Tuesday!” This year, MSC will join the roughly 30,000 organizations in 70 countries participating in this growing movement to support the causes we care about the most.  In that spirit, we’re asking families who haven’t yet contributed to MSC’s Annual Appeal to make their gift on Giving Tuesday.   We will join charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world and come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.


On Friday, December 4th, we are having our annual Relative and Special Friends Day event. The visitors have the opportunity to visit our school and spend the morning with the special children in their lives where they will visit their classrooms from 10:00-11:00. We look forward to this event every year!


Middle School walking tour was a huge success! Big shout out to 6-8 teachers for opening up their classrooms and facilitating such engaging lessons. Big shout out to our family volunteers for planning, organizing and leading the informative event! 



We learned on Friday that we will not be able to continue with monthly half-day Fridays.  We have been informed by the Director of Instructional Time Policy that there can be no additional half-days for the remainder of the year as we do not meet the weekly class time required by the state.  Starting tomorrow, Monday, November 30th, we are adjusting our schedule to eliminate half-day Friday.  The start of the day is 8:32AM and dismissal is 2:55PM every day, Monday thru Friday.  Families and students will be greeted to enter the building at 8:20AM (please make a note of the change).  Classroom doors will open at 8:32AM. Please discuss the change with your child/children.


We will talk more about this change at Chat with Claire on December 22nd at 6:00 in the cafeteria.


From the Classroom

To connect with gratitude theme in Town Hall, kindergarten classrooms celebrated with families with a gratitude festival.  Students shared projects they completed about what they are grateful for: Sponge paintings, pumpkin muffins made with chef Sara, gratitude books, pumpkin seed math, sing a longs, gratitude garden graphs based on the read aloud: if you plant a seed, gratitude blocks, and a gratitude circle. It was wonderful to see.


Megan from Teachers College Reading and Writing Project was on site this week. We had great conversations around the writing units and evidence of cross collaboration across 3-5 grades. We are using the learning progressions in informational writing (5th) and opinion (3rd and 4th) to observe students during independent writing time.  We will be jotting notes on what we observe and use the Learning Progression Writing tool for conferences and small group instruction. Notebooks were also discussed at all grade levels. We are working on a student self-assessment or a teacher assessment tool to monitor student daily writing and volume in Writers notebooks.