Glows, Grows, & Knows – Week of Nov 9

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)

This week I invited the Principal of Fort Greene Prep Middle School, Paula Lettiere, to meet with our 5th-grade team and Guidance Counselor. We were able to gain additional insight into how we can help prepare our students for the middle school admissions process.

It seems like only yesterday that our 5th graders were in PreK and I met most of them when they were just Kindergarteners. Now as “seniors”, their sights are set on middle school. In my days, we went to our zoned middle school. Today’s process is far different, providing more options for students and families, while potentially placing some students at an increased disadvantage. We can get ahead of this by continued efforts to cultivate an elementary experience that empowers our students, ensuring they have everything they need to decide what school is best for them.

This is relevant for families in every grade. The nurturing in the development of 21st Century skills, such as the 4 C’s (Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity) is a collective one. As early as PreK, students are being encouraged to understand themselves in relationship to the world. They learn to work with others, which not only widens their perspective but deepens their understanding, thinking, and ability to solve problems. When this support is consistent over the course of their elementary years, students can not only demonstrate that they can master state standards, but they are also in the position to ask, “What school will I choose to accept?”

I encourage you to learn more about the middle school admissions process, as our 5th graders are doing. Here is to learning more about ourselves and limitless aspirations.

Principal Carroll


The next time you and your friends are having a blast with the Super on a scorching, hot, summer day, thank engineer, Lonnie George Johnson. Mr. Johnson is the genius behind this top-selling toy invention, which has generated over one billion dollars since its creation.


SOME GLOWS

Respect for All Contest Winners Announced! Many of our students across our grades had responded to our “Respect for All Poster Challenge” in October. Every poster was amazing in its unique way, which makes these kinds of activities so much fun. Mr. Russo and I would like to give an extra thank you to families who provided support at home to complete some of those posters.

The best part was seeing the different messages our students were communicating through their posters. Our students were conveying the messages of Respect, Equality, Coming Together, Sharing, Kindness, and Friendship. Our students already showing they understand these important messages and how to apply them puts them on the road to greatness. Although every poster was amazing, we have selected some special poster awards.

Kindergarten – Grade 2: 1st Place Jamir Reilly (Gr. 2)
2nd Place Benjamin Stultz (Gr.1)

Grades 3 – 5:
1ˢᵗ Place Reaves family (Zyair, Zyann, Gabreille, and Gabriel) 2ⁿᵈ Place Niylah Ealey (Gr.5)

Families will be contacted in the next few days about awards. Click Here for a slide show of all our amazing posters (*Make sure you are signed in to google with your child’s google account).

Family Engineering Workshop
On Thursday, November 12th, students and families joined Ms. Narine to learn more about weather and natural disasters. Stay tuned for some snapshots of the fun and save the date for the next Family STEM Workshop – Dec. 10ᵗʰ.

2ⁿᵈ Round of Random Testing was Successful
Random testing took place last Monday. A total of 33 students and staff, including the Principal were tested. We are determined to remain open for our blended learners, so the fact that there were no positive cases reported is reassuring. Please continue to be responsible and vigilant. If you have not done so already, we encourage you to complete the online consent form for testing.


SOME GROWS

Access to Digital Curriculum
Our teachers are working incredibly hard taking our shared curriculum and translating it digitally. There are shortcomings to this, as it requires time, creativity, and patience. The good news is that DOE central has been working with districts to support schools by making available digital curriculum to replace or enhance what schools are currently using. I am happy to report that we will be receiving digital curriculum for Science, English Language Arts, and Phonics. This week we are seeking input from grade teams about the offerings so that we can make informed selections. If the cost exceeds what the school can fund, central will cover the balance.

Communication:
We are still working on getting all 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. We want to see the diversity in our school community reflected in the participation at all the meetings. Our Beloved Community town hall alongside the District’s monthly town halls, allow us to have critical conversations about race and equity. As an integrating, Title 1 school, serving a diverse community, it is important that we take personal and collective action in ensuring that the decisions we make for our community are in the best interest of all students and families. The next Beloved Community Town Hall will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2nd.


SOME KNOWS

Final Window for Opting into Blended Learning
Today, Sunday November 15ᵗʰ, is the final day for opting in to blended learning for the remainder of the school year. 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 – November 17ᵗʰ at 5:30 p.m.

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

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.

  1. 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:

  • Families across the DOE are invited to attend a virtual “Family and Student Information” session, which will take place from 6:30–8:00 p.m. on November 19th. The following session flyers can be found here: English, Spanish, Chinese. The session, hosted by Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, will feature DOE leaders discussing the most up-to-date information about remote and blended learning, grading policies, and health and safety protocols. Families can join this event by registering via Learn DOE; families can also view the event, without registering, via this Livestream on the day/time of the event.
  • Wacky Mask and Sock Day is approaching! Cohort A, November 18th, and Cohort B and Remote Students celebrate on November 20th.
  • SLT Meeting is Thursday, November 19th at 4 p.m. Anyone can join as an observer. Agenda and Zoom link to come.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16th is a COHORT A and C day

COHORT B comes back to school on Thursday, NOVEMBER 19TH

Visit our website for updates – ps307.org

 
 
 

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