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    Dear School #7 families,

    On behalf of the faculty and staff, we would like to welcome all students and families to our school for the 2017-2018 school year. The mission of the School Seven  is to provide the teaching and learning environments which will ensure, with the support of the students, parents and community, that all students, upon graduation, will have the academic and social skills and strategies to be successful life-long learners. I ask for your support and participation in this effort by sending your child to school every day, encouraging your child to read everyday to meet our Accelerated Reading goal, monitoring your child’s homework, and asking your child to share what they learned at school each day. Your help and support is truly appreciated.

     

    I encourage you to become involved in our school by joining the PTO (Parent teacher Organization) and/ or attending school sponsored activities. The PTO meets monthly to plan activities for all of our students.  Please make sure you volunteer some of your time to support our PTO.  Meeting dates will be on our monthly calendar.  You can also check the school #7 website for updates and announcements.  To increase communication, all teachers are using ClassDojo to communicate with families. It is a quick and easy way for teachers  to send a message or reminder and share with you what is happening in the classrooms. You will also receive reminders from me about important events.  

     

    We continue to implement the Common Core Learning Standards in English Language Arts and Math. The learning standards  will help ensure that all students are college and career ready in literacy by the time they graduate.

    There are 6 shifts in ELA/Literacy instruction in the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS:

    1.      Read as much non-fiction as fiction

    2.      Learn about the world by reading

    3.      Read more challenging material closely

    4.      Discuss reading using evidence

    5.      Write non-fiction using evidence

    6.      Increase academic vocabulary

     

    There are 6 shifts in Math instruction in the CCLS:

    1.      Focus: Learn more about fewer key topics

    2.      Build skills within and across grades

    3.      Build speed and accuracy

    4.      Really know it. Really do it.

    5.      Use it in the real world.

    6.      Think fast AND solve problems.

     
    Look for these shifts in work your child brings home and talk with them about what they are learning and studying in school.  To find out more information about CCLS and ways to help at home I encourage you to visit www.engageny.org  
    In addition, we have added a link on our website to help with the math homework. You will click on your child's grade level and then the lesson they are currently working on. This will provide a guide for completing the homework.
     
    At School #7 we are committed to each student having a successful learning experience and making each day special. Call me if you have any questions, comments or concerns, 366-9300 extension 4700. Thank you in advance for your support.
     
    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Heenan
    Elementary Principal