I am so glad that February is over! Despite the three snow days we had, we were very busy throughout the month. The “hit” of the month was the hot chocolate sales. I so enjoy watching the children nestle their cup of hot chocolate, with their desired accoutrements, in their hands as they gently walk back to their seats in the lunchroom to enjoy their drink.
Our third graders celebrated Chinese New Year by learning ribbon dancing with Mr. Parsons, the art of Chinese writing in pen and ink on parchment with Mrs. Cipolli, the culture with Mrs. Jakobsen and the music with Mrs. Sattler.
Kindergarten students received their first elementary school report cards and the fourth and fifth grade students learned about nutrition and exercise from Newark Museum educators who had many hands-on materials for them explore.
Additionally, the fourth and fifth grade students enjoyed meeting with and learning how to draw cartoons from Mr. Hy Eisman, a renowned cartoonist and Glen Rock resident. Mr. Eisman discussed his experiences as a cartoonist and answered questions from the students before demonstrating his prowess. As Mr. Eisman drew, the children did so as well, copying his pen strokes. The students loved the opportunity and came away from the workshop with an understanding of the art of cartooning.
In anticipation of the month ahead we have a lot to be excited about. Read Across America and the celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday kicks off the month; closely followed by our Book Fair. This year, I expect that the selections at our Book Fair will be stellar! Mrs. Jakobsen, Mrs. Long (a co-chair of the event) and I met with Bob Brown and representatives from Scholastic to custom design our Book Fair. I eagerly await the afternoon of our set-up so I can get a glimpse of the literature they selected for us.
Weather permitting the fifth graders will attend the dress rehearsal of the Middle School play this month. The students are really excited about their walking excursion. This activity is one of many transition activities the fifth grade will engage in during the spring.
Through the generosity of the H.S.A. our Artist in the Classroom this month will be papermaking with fifth grade students. They will learn about the process of making paper and will then create their own.
Matt McElligot, a well-known children’s author, will spend the day with us mid-March. He will meet with the entire student body and conduct writing workshops throughout the day. Mr. McElligot will speak about the process of writing and illustrating picture books. He will read one of the books he authored and illustrated; talk about how authors and illustrators get their ideas, working with an editor and the way in which a manuscript is presented to a publisher.
Looking ahead, our gym will be transformed into a Science Fair, which is held every other year. I’m hearing lots of wonderful ideas floating around, which is an indication that this year’s event will be fantastic!
Kids Write Now, a character education creative writing workshop, for the fourth and fifth grade students is scheduled for this month. The teachers and I met with one of the two workshop facilitators to brainstorm ideas and scenarios that the presenters will write prior to the workshops. Each scenario consists of realistic situations that include a problem that needs to be solved. After reading the script, the facilitators ask the students to select one of the scenarios and write a ‘meaty’ conclusion that helps solve the problem. Listening to the solutions is always enjoyable because each child resolves the predicament in his/her own way. Listening to them read their endings to the character’s conundrum offers a glimpse into their perspective on solving socially related problems.
As some of you may already know, our fifth grade students were selected by the New Jersey Department of Education to participate in the pilot administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, otherwise known as PARCC. PARCC is expected to replace NJ ASK testing in the 2014-2015 school year. The purpose of this pilot is for the state to obtain and assess data that will ascertain the efficacy of the questions, the performance of the computer technology when many students are on the server at the same time and the efficiency of administering the assessment on the computer. For the pilot, the students will take the assessment on laptops that will be set up in the Learning Center. There will be three test sessions (one per day) for each of the fifth grades, each lasting for approximately 2 ½ hours. Our students will take only the English Language Arts section of PARCC in March and the End of the Year Assessment in June.
And finally….to end out the month of March, report cards will be open for viewing on the Parent Portal at 3:00 on March 26th.
Enjoy the month!!! Think Spring!!!
Linda Weber, Ed. D.
School Security Drills
NJ State Law requires schools to conduct school security drills of some variety once per month. This is in addition to the fire drills, we have been practicing each month for a number of years now. A school security drill is defined as an exercise to practice procedures that respond to an emergency situation including, but not limited to, a non-fire evacuation, lockdown, or shelter situation. We will holding school security drills monthly throughout the school year. If you observe these drills taking place, please do not be alarmed. In the event of an actual emergency, we will notify you through our Honeywell, reverse 911 system.
Thanks for your anticipated cooperation.
Click here for an excellent article on "Strategies for Managing Your Child's Resistant Behavior" by John W. Maag.
Please take some time to read! There have been additions and changes to the prior handbook.
This folder contains strategies that you can help your child adopt when dealing with others who aren't nice to them.
Excellent article sent by the Community School in Paramus
Use these forms to report an alleged incident of harassment, intimidation or bullying
The aggregated scores for the 2012 NJ ASK test for your review.
A brief article from Allan L. Beane, Ph.D. that might be of interest to you.
Similarities and Differences between Rough-and-Tumble Play, Real Fighting, and Bullying