It is my pleasure to welcome you and your family to the 2019-2020 school year. If you are new to our community, welcome! We are excited to meet your family and welcome you into the 183 community.
As we move into August and slowly creep towards September, I wanted take this opportunity to highlight some of the exciting updates LuAnn and I have been working on this summer. Last year, teachers in Kindergarten and First grade piloted a brand new phonics program, and this year, Second Grade, will begin to pilot the program as well. This program will build a foundation of phonemic awareness in your children and support their early literacy development. We will also spend time, once the year gets under way, taking time to teach you about the components of the program and share the work we are doing with your children. Last year, teachers in Grades 3-5, studied and developed effective practices to teach children grammar and usage in ways that transfer to a child’s reading and writing. As a school, we recognize these two pieces are important and necessary compliments to our existing reading and writing programs, and we look forward to incorporating this curriculum into our existing writing program.
Last summer, myself, and two staff members attended a two-day training at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. The focus of the workshop was to help children build an emotional vocabulary to recognize the emotions they feel throughout the day, and also learn how to regulate them in healthy, positive ways in order to build positive peer relationships and reduce conflicts. Last year, our staff underwent a year-long training in the many facets of the program. This year, we will begin to roll out the program school-wide, by introducing the Mood Meter and Class Charter to your students. We look forward to sharing these important SEL tools with you at a fall PTA meeting.
A summer letter wouldn’t be complete without an update on school construction. This summer, thanks to a $125,000 grant from NYS Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright, our Art Room underwent a renovation. The art room received new cabinetry, sinks, chairs, floor tiles, and a fresh coat of paint. In addition, the finishing touches on our much anticipated Hydroponics Lab were completed. Our lab is ready to open, and thanks to a partnership with New York Sunworks, students will get to grow sustainable crops this year and study environmental Science in addition to the Amplify Curriculum.
Enclosed in this summer mailing is a letter informing you of your class placement for next year. A lot of careful thought has gone into your placements for the next school year.Therefore, we appreciate your respect towards the process of matching teacher to student. Also included in the letter is important information regarding arrival and dismissal for the first day of school, Thursday, September 5th. In keeping with tradition, this year I’ve enclosed a P.S. 183 bookmark. It’s a small reminder that the success of our children is a community effort, and like our amazing staff, you play a vital role in making 183 a very special place. In fact, this year, our school was recognized by New York State as a Reward School for its high levels of student achievement.
Just a reminder that on Thursday, September 12th, the 183 staff will host Curriculum Night. This is an opportunity to learn about all the wonderful things your child will learn this year in their class. Please stay after Curriculum Night for our first PTA meeting of the school year. At our first PTA meeting, you will get to hear from and meet some of the many enrichment programs our school is partnering with this year to further enhance your child’s education. More information regarding this event will be sent home the first week of school.
On the first day of school, I invite you to join Kim, our wonderful Assistant Principal, and myself, in the yard, for a morning meet and greet. It will be a chance for me to welcome you to 183, if you are new, and for those of you already part of the 183 family, reconnect from the summer
In the meantime, enjoy the remaining days of summer with your family and friends. My staff and I look forward to seeing you in September!