Letter from Claire - Oct 31

October 31, 2016


Thank you Charlene and Diane for organizing Photo Day, and to the parent volunteers who helped make it such a success!!  Photo day for 800 students is an enormous undertaking, and we’re extremely lucky to have the support of our families.  Big smiles everywhere!


Many families attended our PA sponsored Welcome Breakfast for new families and Volunteer Fair.   Families mingled and talked to the committee chairs on how to get involved.  Big shout out to all the parent volunteers who organized the event and participated.


Family conferences are this week for K-5.  This is an important opportunity for teachers and families to review progress and set individual goals for the students.  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 STARS (Student Transcript and Academic Recording System) progress report will be shared at the conference.  You also have access to STARS progress report through NYC Schools Account. For assistance, gaining access, or questions, contact Maxine at MWitherspoon2@schools.nyc.gov


Coming Up..

November’s First Friday Field Trip is November 4th.  Our goal for First Friday Field Trip is to extend our classrooms outside of our building, and for the trips to be a celebration of NYC.  Please sign up to chaperone.

Dismissal routine is the same: 

K in the auditorium                 1 and 2 in classroom               3-5 in basement gym

6-8 dismissed in front of the building 


From the Classrooms

I visited the 8th grade publishing celebration of their investigative journalism writing pieces. Topics students wrote on were: What is Happening to the Recovered Items from the Titanic, The Beginning of Gaming, Liberated para Venezuela, Solo for a change, Pay Gaps and Unequal Opportunities Between Genders Persist - Change Expected, The Rise of Rap, Can Adidas Jump over the Jump Man, Nike vs Adidas.  


I also visited Marissa and Alice 3rd grade publishing celebration of their realistic fiction stories. Students wrote longer entries and picked one entry to eventually publish. They learned: how to write like a storyteller, learned from mentor texts and included catch me leads. 


We had our first 7th/8th grade dance of the year. Students had a great time. Big shout out to Stephanie D and Student Government for organizing and also to Erin, Stephanie D, Simira, Wyatt, Matthew, Raphael and Sam for chaperoning. 


Wendy and I met with our K-8 delegates. Students sorted the rules in small groups and pulled out important words. It was incredible to watch our 7th and 8th graders be leaders and facilitate the process for our younger students. It is another reason why K-8 is such an effective model.  



Halloween is Monday. Please remember: the MSC community has families from many different cultures and traditions. Therefore, we do not celebrate holidays, or decorate the school or classrooms for holidays, nor do we hold holiday celebrations. Please remind families and students of our policy. Students should NOT wear costumes to school.