Letter from Claire - June 20

Dear Families,

Please join me in extending best wishes to Darlene, who is retiring. Darlene has been an esteemed member of our faculty for many years and she will be greatly missed by all of us. Our entire community wishes to thank Darlene for her commitment to our school, and it is with gratitude that we celebrate and congratulate her on her retirement!


The process of hiring a new Assistant Principal begins almost immediately and we are required to convene a C30 Committee composed of myself, representatives from the UFT, CSA, DC37 and our parent community, as well as a Superintendent designee.  The C30 process is governed by the DOE and the process for the selections, assignment and appointment of Assistant Principals is strictly regulated, which ensures that the selection process meets the requirements set by New York State law and is equitable. Our goal is to complete the process quickly, correctly and fairly. I will keep you informed as we move forward in the C-30 process.


Music Update

Megan is teaching music full-time to K-4. Instrumental music will begin in 4th & 5th grade. 5th & 6th grade will have half-year electives in instrumental Jazz ensembles, Percussion and Glee.  In 7th & 8th grade, elective choices will be instrumental elective for the year for ensembles, Glee, percussion, Instrumental (Rock, New Orleans Brass Band, Creative Music Ensemble).


From the Classroom

Erica, Julia, Rachel, Gerri and Lindsey had a pond share where students became experts on insects, ducks, turtles, frogs and beavers. Students did a study of the pond in Central Park. They discovered how layers form and replicated it in their own mini pond. They conducted experiments with different liquids to see how they would settle and wrote lab reports like a scientist to show their findings.


Bernard showcased an end of the year art exhibition. On display was models of caterpillars and model butterflies, pond dioramas, 3-D map of the bridges of NYC, Paul Klee inspired paintings, gargoyle models with stories and geometric patterns based on traditional quilts.


Madelene had a pot-luck and a celebration of realistic fiction stories. Stories were based on a small moment and then they elaborated. Some of the titles: carnival my dream of Paris a girl who wants to audition for Matilda. 


Fara and Patti 4th graders had a publishing celebration of their historical fiction journal entries based on historical fiction book club books. Kristin's 4th grade class had a publishing celebration of reading responses, reading logs, writing journal entries on reading done in historical fiction book clubs.