December Principal’s Letter

Screen Shot 2019-12-06 at 2.45.47 PMDear P.S. 307 Families and Friends:

I hosted some wonderful Tea and Talk sessions last month.  Thank you for coming out and for sharing your highlights, proud moments and concerns.  This information does two things; it affirms what is going well, and it provides insight on what we can improve or consider moving forward.  Since the Tea and Talk sessions, you can expect a couple of improvements:

Homework

You want to know more about homework.  How much? How often? How much time it requires? The purpose? How you can assist and how homework is graded and factored into overall grade.

In the coming days, you can expect to receive a communication from your classroom teacher/s with additional clarity around homework and answers to the above questions.

Grades

Our report cards use a 4-1 scale for scoring.  4 is exceeding grade level standards, while 1 is below grade level standards.  Some families are concerned when they see anything other than a 3 or 4 which, as a parent, I understand.  However, please keep in mind that it is November.  Students have all year to master the standards.  Some standards have not been taught yet and it takes time to master (level 3) grade level standards, especially if the students have just entered the grade.

We encourage our learners to have a “Growth Mindset.”  The learning process is just that, a process.  We cannot expect to master everything the first time, or even the second time.  It requires study, practice, and application.  This is what we strive to provide our students at P.S. 307.

With that said, I encourage you to focus on looking at progress over time.  I also encourage you to make certain that you and your child are receiving the feedback and opportunities for practice in the areas they need it most.  Open communication with your teacher to gain clarity around expectations will go a long way.

Reaching out and waiting for a response

In today’s world, much of the communication takes place through email and I can personally relate to the frustration of not receiving a response when making outreach.  We are working on this as a staff, who is running from 8 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. and beyond.  Moving forward, you can expect to hear back from us within 48 hours; obviously sooner depending on urgency.  While, we may not have an immediate answer, we can acknowledge, with a commitment to follow up.  We will get better at this.

Communication overall is an area that we are constantly trying to improve.  The PTA will greatly assist in this effort.  Through this collaboration, we can improve the lines of communication, timeliness of communication, and overall effectiveness of information disseminated.

Glows

Many of you communicated all the things you love about P.S. 307, from the sense of community, the love that emanates from staff to students, the stories your children share with you about their positive learning experiences, all the resources in place to support our students’ social and emotional development, the trips, members who make a difference… The list was so extensive and it felt wonderful to hear.   This work is an entire school community effort.  From Mr. De La Cruz, (Muffin Man) to Officer Mims.  From the teachers, the paraprofessionals, the service providers, to the Custodial Staff and finally, you.  This is what makes P.S. 307 special and unique.

Today I overheard a student say, “Everyone at P.S. 307 is a Leader.”  She is right.  Leaders are willing to value diverse perspectives, learn from mistakes and work together for the greater good.  In short, Beloved Community.

Enjoy the December newsletter.  On behalf of the entire P.S. 307 staff, we wish you all a peaceful holiday season.   As always, thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Principal Carroll

 
 
 

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