Glows, Grows, & Knows – Week of Nov. 2

November’s C focus: Communication Expressing thoughts clearly, crisply articulating opinions, communicating coherent instructions, motivating others through powerful speech – these skills have always been valued in the workplace and in public life. But in the 21st century, these skills have been transformed and are even more important today. (NEA, Preparing 21st Century Students for a Global Society)

What a beautiful weekend it is turning out to be. After a week of political ups, downs, and, depending on how you view it, up again, we now enter the week with one less uncertainty about the future.

Classes took on the election in different ways. Ms. Figueroa at the request of her students, led her class, virtually with an American flag as backdrop. Students learned about the role of a President, and discussed everything from where the President lives, to the role of citizens and the election process. Students held their own elections at home via paper ballots and had the opportunity to share with their classmates.

Activities such as these are at the heart of what we believe about how students learn best; through real and relevant topics, students ask questions, engage in discussions that surface multiple perspectives, deepen their content knowledge and actively participate in ways that affirm and value their role as a learner. When I see and hear that this is how our students are supported, I am lifted and hopeful about the future.

Here’s to a week of warmer temps and relevant ,student-centered learning. The future looks bright.

Principal Carroll


The next time you get your eyes examined, be reminded of the incredible capabilities in laser eye surgery and thank Dr. Patricia Bath, who, in 1988, invented the Laserphaco Probe, making removal of cataracts less invasive, faster and easier.


SOME GLOWS

Parent-Teacher Conferences
On Thursday, teachers held virtual and phone conferences with families to discuss the first quarter of the school year. The discussion was focused on the social, emotional, and academic transition back to school. Teachers shared what we have learned about your child as a reader, writer, mathematician and, of equal importance, how they are doing in demonstration of the 4 C’s. (Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity), which are the key skills for success in the 21st century across all content areas. As we consider how we measure progress and achievement, we are moving towards placing equal emphasis on these skills in our reporting of progress.

New Students
We welcomed two new students to our Beloved Community. A 2nd grader joined Ms. Lulo’s class and we have a new Kindergartener in Ms. Kelly’s Horizon class. Welcome to our Beloved Community!

Respect for All Contest
We had many students create and submit beautiful Respect for All posters for our contest. I am in awe of the creativity and care that went into all of them. We look forward to announcing the winner soon.

Technology Specialist Visit
On Wednesday, we were visited by a technology specialist, thanks to 307 families, who heard our call for improved technology and support. In a short time, he was able to begin to assess our technology capabilities and next steps. While I do not speak fluent Technology, I did interpret enough to know he had the ability to help forge the path to ensuring we have a robust and supportive technology environment. We now wait for the report and recommended scope of the work. Thank you so much for putting the emphasis on this need.


SOME GROWS

Attendance
Our year to date attendance is at 91%. We are capturing attendance based on 4 criteria: 1. Participation in morning check in with class. 2. Attending any one of the live virtual class meetings scheduled for that day. 3. Logging into Google Classroom. 4. Submission of an assignment for that day.

Attendance is not the same as Grading. I emphasize this because we do not want to penalize students who may still be having challenges participating due to continued lack of access to technology or internet capabilities. As we continue to try to support all our families and students with getting the technology needed, rest assured that we know the good faith effort that is made to remain engaged.
This said, if your child has an attendance rate that is below 90%, expect to hear from our support staff this week. Percentages that fall below this rate are concerning because continued lack of participation will inevitably negatively impact academic and social development. So, while attendance and grading are two different things, they are very much connected as it relates to progress. We will continue to reach out from a supportive space as this is an issue of Equity.

Communication:
We are still working on getting all of our families registered in Operoo. There are still forms that must be completed by each family online. Please contact the school if you need support with registering and/or completing these forms. Moving forward, you will be able to complete all forms that the school or your teacher sends virtually, as well as update your child’s information, via this program.

Community and School Culture:
We will continue to have monthly updates and connection meetings with families. The next Connect meeting will be held on Friday the 30th . It will be a full hour meeting that is informative, supportive, and inclusive, and we think you will enjoy engaging. In addition to the monthly meetings, we will resume our Beloved Community town halls to continue the relevant and critical conversations about race and equity. As an integrating, Title 1 school, serving a diverse community, it is essential that we continue to take personal and collective action in ensuring that we are supporting all our students. The next Beloved Community Town Hall will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2nd.


SOME KNOWS

Random Testing and Practicing Safety
Random Testing will take place this week. Please complete the online consent form. We have found that the random testing, along with strict health and safety protocols at the school level has been an effective way for us to keep our school community safe and allow us to remain open in service to our community. I also urge you to be vigilant about practicing social distancing and wearing your mask. While we cannot, nor should not monitor your vigilance outside of school, we can ask you to think about the consequential nature of your actions on us as a community. We want all of us to be safe.

Final Window for Opting into Blended Learning
The only planned blending learning opt-in window for families for the remainder of this school year is from November 2nd through 15th.

After November 15th, you will continue to have the option to switch from blended to remote-only. You can also call 311 to complete the survey over the phone if you prefer. We encourage ALL families, regardless of current learning status, to complete the Opt-in Survey.

First Class Parent Induction Meeting date change – now November 17ᵗʰ at 5:30 p.m.

Our goal is to ensure that every Learning Element/Class has a CLASS Parent/Caregiver.

  1. A class parent works closely with the teacher to learn about classroom-related events and communication. An example is when more supplies are needed, an upcoming holiday celebration is being planned, PTA communication and reminders for families when needed by the teacher.
  2. As a class parent, you are the middle-man or liaison between school and families. The role is to assist the teacher at their discretion.

Please reach out to Jessica Driscoll (jessicamanzi78@gmail.com), Jenny Reckrey (jereckrey@gmail.com) or Assistant Principal Parker (ZParker@schools.nyc.gov) if you are interested in volunteering and/or if you have any questions.

Title 1 and Family Income Inquiry Forms
P.S.307 is a Title 1 school. Being a Title 1 school means that we receive federal funding that helps us ensure that we are supporting all our children in having access to an equitable and high-quality education.

Title eligibility is determined based on the % of families qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Keep in mind that all students, regardless of family income, have access to free school meals.
Also, please note that we are a Magnet school, which allows us to enroll students from across the city. You do not have to live in the school neighborhood to complete the form.

Our goal is a 100% completion of Family Income Inquiry Forms. You can help us reach our goal by clicking on the form link below.

Family Income Inquiry Form


What to look out for next week:
● Random Testing will take place this week and you can expect to receive communication following the testing.
● The first PTA meeting with newly elected Executive Board is on Tuesday, November 10ᵗʰ from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Agenda and Zoom link to come.
● The School Leadership Team’s CRE committee will be meeting on Friday, November 13ᵗʰ at 4 p.m. to continue our study and discussion of Gholdy Muhammad’s book, Cultivating Genius; An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy. If you are interested in attending as an observer, please reach out to us and we will share the link. If you want to get up to speed on what we are covering, we are discussing chapter 1-4. We are engaging in this work to deepen our understanding of what culturally responsive literacy education is, so that we can engage and affirm all our students.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9th is a COHORT B and C day COHORT A comes back to school on Tuesday, NOVEMBER 10TH

Wednesday, November 11th is Veteran’s Day and there is no school.

Visit our website for updates – ps307.org

 
 
 

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