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“One Vision, One Voice: Empowering the Leaders of Today for Tomorrow!”

What a month January has been, we have had extreme temperatures both warm and very cold! I want to congratulate you for sending your children to school on time and every day. Keep up the good work!

Remember, attendance continues to be a top priority. However, if your child has a fever, certainly keep them at home. If you have questions or concerns, call Nurse Jefferson at x6141 who is available to answer any questions.

We are pleased to welcome our new school aides Ms. Ilene Cromwell and Ms. Melissa James They will lending their support during our lunch periods. Please welcome them to our school community.

Your Partner in Education,
Heather Foster-Mann

Guidelines for Outdoor Play in Cold Weather

Please note the guidelines for outdoor play that we follow as per the DOE. Unless it is snowing, ice on the playground, or the wind chill factor creates an effective temperature below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius), temperature alone should not be a barrier to outdoor play. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for school.

Importance of Reading Stamina

As you know, having a good reading stamina—the ability to read well for prolonged periods—is vital in ensuring we are proficient readers for life. All students in grades K-5 are expected to read nightly. Continued practice is the only way students will be able to reach proficiency on the Common Core Standards. Children need lots of practice with complex texts in a variety of genres. All students should have a varied reading diet that includes a combination of informational and fictional text.

Some examples of informational text are: biographies and autobiographies; books about history, social studies, science, the arts; Literary Nonfiction and Historical, Scientific, and Technical Texts. Fiction texts include adventure stories, folktales, legends, fables, fantasy, realistic fiction, myth and drama. To support the love of reading, we are launching our Third Annual Readathon sponsored by our PTA.

The Readathon will be a month long event, commencing with our March Parents as Reading Partners. Please check your child’s backpack for the PTA’s Readathon flyer.

Book of the Month

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”
—Lucius Seneca

This month we have selected two excellent books to examine friendship and courage. In the story Just Kidding, we encounter emotional bullying disguised as friendship. DJ learns to take positive action in response to the harmful teasing he endures. How can we determine when teasing crosses the line and becomes harmful and hurtful, especially when the teasing comes from a friend? In the story Richard and the Library Card, we meet Richard who got the courage to ask for something that would change his life. How can we overcome our fear and gain courage to do something that could change our life or the lives of others? As you read this month’s selections, think about these questions with your leaders? What makes you a good friend and what attributes are important to building a meaningful friendship? Have you ever overcome fear and gained courage to do something that would change the way you think or act?

Grade 3-5 ELA and Math Parent Workshop

In preparation for the NYS ELA and Math Assessment, we are hosting Parent Workshops on Tuesday, February 13th during Parent Engagement time 3PM-4PM for grades 3-5 families. Teachers will take you through the standards that students will be assessed on and the way in which they seamlessly prepare students to take the NYS assessment.

Keeping Your Child On Track For Promotion

We are continuing to push our students to perform on or above grade level. If at this time of year, your child is performing below grade level, you will receive a Promotion in Doubt letter via mail and backpacks. Your child’s teacher will contact you to schedule an appointment to discuss the strategies they are using in the classroom to bring your child on grade level. Whether you receive a letter or not, please continue to have your child(ren) read to you everyday and complete their homework. Ask them about what they are learning in school right now, and what goals they have set for themselves as readers, writers, and mathematicians.

Shout Out To…

Our new P.S.133 Step Team. Congratulations to all the students who made the team!
Jayden Sample, Sheryka Lucien, Ellie Martin, Nayra Aguilar, Sarah Stokes, Chelci Barreto, Breeze Goode, Sumayyah Webster, Abria Ashton, Jailynn Alston, Jordon Trillo, Sanaa Johnson, Kourtney Keaton, Athena Tinsdale, Amelia Katagas, Opaline Fournier, Natalie Medina, Kenady Keaton, & Madisyn Johnson.

February 2018 English digital version

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