January brought us some indoor recess time, we continue to try and get outside when the weather is warm enough and the ground is safe for play/walking. We do hope to get the students out as much as possible so please ensure they come dressed in layers to allow for time outside if appropriate. The general rule of thumb is temperatures 32 degrees or below (including wind chill) will keep us indoor. The ground coverage with snow will also impact our availability to go outside. To try and get some fresh air we utilize 5 – 10 minute walks on the blacktop if we cannot utilize the play areas as a whole.
We have started our Wellness Wednesdays again in the building. The students and staff have practiced mindfulness thinking and working on keeping ourselves focused on the positives.
On February 12, there is a scheduled 1⁄2 Day of school. It is so our teachers will be able to meet with parents/guardians as needed.
Our Fourth Grade will be meeting with Mrs. Cooper and reviewing an empowerment program. This program aims to develop an awareness of our strengths and weaknesses. The students work on how they can advocate making their learning environment a positive place and knowing what they need to be successful is important as they grow. Some of our fifth grade students will have a review session with Mrs. Cooper, as well. Our UPK students will have their annual Chinese New Year Parade for our Kindergarten through Fifth Grade students. We have our One School, One Book kickoff on Monday, February 4th. Thank you to our PTA for the purchase of our books (Poppy) this year. We have great activities planned. A packet of information will be sent home on Monday, February 4th.
Theme for February is Friendship. We will celebrate this theme all month; our kick off assembly is on Friday, February 1
The L-T PTA Players just completed a successful version of Madagascar, Jr. We enjoyed the production and seeing the lively actors. Congratulations to all our cast members on a beautiful job!
Our NYS ELA and Math Assessments for Grades 3-5 will be given the week of April 2 - 5 (ELA) and May 1 – May 3 (Math). Our Fourth Grade takes a Science Performance and Written Exam in May and June.
Please make every effort to have your children in school during regular session days. Trips should be planned for during school vacations, it is important for all students to be attending school regularly (unless sick). Thank you for working as partners to ensure student learning can take place and our students can positively make progress. Should your child be reaching a critical concern mark of absences, we will be reaching out. Please be sure to be aware of the district attendance policy.
ELA and Math Coaching!
This month in the E4 room the students experimented with water based activities. In grades pre-K-1, the students had the challenge of building a roof that will keep the inside of the house dry. In grades 2-3, the students designed and built a dam that will stop a flood of water. In grades 4-5, the students designed and built a water filtration system that will remove particles from dirty water. Please continue to discussthe children’s experiences with these projects.Second and third grade are working hard in ELA. In second grade, they are wrapping up their opinion writing about characters. The students have been working hard on revising to make sure that they have clear opinions which are supported by reasons and evidence for the books. In third grade, the teachers and students are working hard on inferencing. The students must be able to locate their answers in the text. They have been working on underlining the evidence so that they can prove their answers are correct.
In grades K-1, the students are continuing to explore Go Math. We have fully incorporated all the key components. In kindergarten, the children are exploring subtraction first by using models, and then building toward fluency as they complete subtraction equations for a given picture or model. Children will also practice decomposing numbers within 5 by taking apart cube trains into two parts. Children build on previous understanding as they explore subtraction as taking apart and taking from just as they explored addition as putting together and adding to. The children in grade 1 are now extending their understanding of addition and subtraction to relate these two operations. Children identify related addition and subtraction facts and use these facts to find unknown numbers. Children use addition to check their subtraction by recognizing the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction.
Reminders! Please send your children to school properly dressed. It is best you send your children dressed in layers. Weather permitting the children will participate in outdoor recess. Send them with hats and scarves and warm jackets. Label all clothing!
What are the symptoms of the flu? The flu usually starts suddenly and may include these symptoms:
Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adult
* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever. If your child shows any symptoms of illness: temperature over 100° and flu-like symptoms (see above), please keep him/her home. Notify your health care provider if there is no improvement.
Children may not return to school unless:
They are fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT medication for fever
They have not vomited for 24 hours
During school, if your child is ill and/or found to have flu like symptoms, parents/guardians will be called to pick up the student. Please have updated contact numbers on file. Emergency contacts should be local and available to pick up students promptly. When parents call to report an absence, please identify the illness your child is experiencing including symptoms. Absences should be called in daily.
Lice- Children should be checked periodically at home and call the Health Office if head lice are found. Call your health care provider for best treatment.
Note to Fifth Grade Parent & Guardians: New York State Law Section 2164 requires certain immunizations (shots) to enter 6th grade. Please check with your health care provider as soon as possible to make sure that your child has all the needed immunizations for 6th grade. The requirements include: 2 doses of Varicella (chickenpox) & Tdap: Known as: Boostrix® or Adacel (Ten year olds entering 6th grade do not need Tdap vaccine. They will need to receive it once they turn 11) Please forward any updated immunization records to the Health Office. Always make copy of your health records.
Please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns. Keep me informed of any upcoming surgery or changes in health or medication status.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Let’s keep our hearts healthydon’t forget to eat right and exercise!!
Daniella Ferreira RN