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October 20-21 - 8:55am

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4th & 5th Grade

October 26-30

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October 26-27 - 8:55am

Respect for All Assemblies

Middle School Cohorts A&B


November 2 - 8:55am

Respect for All Assemblies

Middle School Cohort D

November 3

ELECTION DAY

All students learn remotely

November 4-5

Family Conferences

November 5

EARLY DISMISSAL - 11:15 AM

November 10 - 7:00pm

PA General Membership Meeting via Zoom


 

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OPT-IN FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING

Dear Families, 


Beginning on Monday, October 26th - Friday, October 30th families can Opt-In for In-Person Learning. On Monday, November 9th, families who have decided to Opt-In to In-Person learning will receive their Cohort and Schedule.

Please note that all students who have decided to Opt-In to In-Person learn will will begin on Tuesday, November 24th.

Cohort A: Tuesdays & Wednesdays with Alternating Mondays 
Cohort B: Thursdays & Fridays with Alternating Mondays

Best,
Malaka

FAMILY CONFERENCES INFORMATION

Dear Families,

Family conferences will take place on November 4th (evening session) and November 5th (afternoon session.) All scheduled parent-teacher conferences (afternoon and evening) will occur remotely. This is an important opportunity for teachers and families to review progress together and set individual goals for students. Teachers will discuss strengths, next steps, and provide information about what your child should be working towards as the second grading period starts.

Families can access progress reports and report cards from marking period #1 on https://mystudent.nyc beginning on November 4th. For assistance in gaining access, contact Malaka at MBanks5@schools.nyc.gov. To streamline the scheduling process, we will use our Google Classroom platform.


Session times and scheduling details are as follows:


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH

STUDENT DISMISSAL IS AT 11:15 FOR K-8


K-5

Wednesday, November 4, 2020: Evening- 4:30 pm -7:30 pm 

Thursday, November 5, 2020: Afternoon- 12:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.

(STUDENT DISMISSAL IS AT 11:15 FOR K-8)

  • Teachers will create a google meet. Ten minutes will be allotted per family 

  • If a family cannot make the google meet slot, notify the teacher. Teacher will reschedule the family conference during office hours

 

6-8

Tuesday, November 3, 2020:  Elections Day- 8:50am to 2:40pm

(November 3rd is a remote learning day for all students.

Students will be learning asynchronously)

Wednesday, November 4, 2020: Evening- 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm 

Thursday, November 5, 2020: Afternoon- 12:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.

(STUDENT DISMISSAL IS AT 11:15 FOR K-8)

  • Teachers will create a google meet based on the assignments below.  Ten minutes will be allotted per family

  • If a family cannot make the google meet slot, or if families want to meet with a teacher not on the list, notify the teachers.  Teachers will reschedule the family conference during office hours

 

6th Grade - Anna, Logan, Rachel, Doug 

7th Grade - Matthew, Logan, Brian, Mary Ann

8th Grade - Alaina, Wyatt, Raphael, Margarita

 

During the 2020-2021 school year, we will continue to have 4 marking periods with a final mark for the year. We are using STARS (Student Transcript and Academic Recording System) as our progress report. For K-5 we will continue to use the 1-4 performance levels and 6-8 we will continue to use numeric percentages. 

  

Best,

Claire, Kerry, Ben 

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LETTER TO K-5 FAMILIES

Dear K-5 Families:

It has been a joy to greet students and families in the morning.  And I want to thank all the families who have shared their appreciation and support.  We have just completed our first two week cycle in the hybrid model.  As our program is new, we are taking every opportunity to improve upon it as the year progresses.  I ask that you continue to have patience with us, as even the most experienced teachers are being forced to adjust their teaching practices and rethink their trusted routines.

This past week I had the privilege of attending a virtual workshop at Teachers College titled, A Day for APs: The Priorities, Structures, and Methods That Can Make Sure Your Leadership Rises to the Challenges of These Times.  I was able to connect with Assistant Principals from NYC and Long Island who are facing similar challenges.  The most salient points of discussion revolved around how to use the Teachers College Reading and Writing program to support students’ feelings of connectedness and to support antiracist teaching.

Some practical ideas for getting students to collaborate:  

  • Asynchronous collaboration: FlipGrids, Kidblog, Padlets, commenting on Google Docs, and Silent Discussions

  • Synchronous collaboration: Peardeck, utilizing break out rooms, and targeted small group lessons, Google Classroom chat, and Jamboards.  

Ideas to support antiracist teachings include read alouds from the Diverse Book List  with follow up class discussions.  Another suggested support was to provide and promote access to these books through Padlets (as a way to organize texts (books, videos, etc) for families, teachers, and students.)  Many of our teachers have started this work.  For example, 5th grade students at home and in school are listening to the text Front Desk, by Kelly Yang.  This text includes themes of immigration, poverty, racism, social justice, resilience and friendship.  We will continue to push teaching practices that support student connectedness and antiracist teaching.

One of our school wide learning goals and CEP goal is to continue to know every student well with a cultural lens, as well as an academic perspective to strengthen equity and access across the school (both in person and remote learning).  To meet our goal, we are blending and implementing our SEL curriculums: Responsive Classroom and Second Step social emotional curriculums across the school.  

What is Second Step?

  • A research-based holistic approach to building supportive communities for every child through social-emotional learning.  The Second Step Program promotes: school success, school connectedness and safe and respectful school climate by directly teaching students the skills that strengthen their ability to:  Learn, manage emotions, have empathy, solve problems  

  • Lessons will be taught once a week during morning meeting and reinforced through games and activities throughout the week.

Second Step K-5 Units are developed around four main themes: 

  • Skills for Learning

  • Empathy

  • Emotion Management 

  • Problem Solving

Learning Preference Changes

Families have an opportunity to make a learning preference change during the scheduled times below.

October 26th-30th

Opt-in window for in person hybrid learning

November 9th

Families will be informed of the schedule of in person hybrid learning and the remote cohort

November 26th

Students start in person hybrid learning

Respect for All Student Assemblies

Ali, our Respect for All Liaison and School Social Worker, will lead 4th-5th grade students through a Respect for All assembly.  The sessions will take place during Morning Meeting times.  Families are welcome to attend. More information and the google meet invite will be forthcoming.

4th grade will meet on 10/20 from 8:55-9:30

5th grade will meet on 10/21 from from 8:55-9:30

Online Learning Etiquette

We recognize that many family members are forced to assist students with remote learning.  We understand this is an added strain on many families.  It is important that caregivers maintain proper etiquette and boundaries during live meetings with students and teachers. If possible, set your child up for learning and step away.   Please do not interrupt teachers while they are teaching.  If you would like to provide constructive feedback, email the teacher or myself directly.  

Arrival and Dismissal Reminders

Health Screening (https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/):

Students need to complete the health screening prior to entering the building.  They should log-in as a guest if they are unable to log in as a student.  Students can complete the screening on their mobile phones or on a computer at home and then print out the confirmation to show to Logan or me at entry.  If a student does not have access to a printer or mobile phone then we will conduct the screening at entry.  

In order to maintain social distancing guidelines, please do not linger at drop and pick-up.  There are 3 adults supervising 3-5 students (Claire, Malaka and Ana) and 4 adults supervising K-2 students in the yard (Kerry, Lorraine, Maxima and Areceli.)  Once your child finds little blue or pink feet to stand on, say goodbye and exit the area.  It is difficult for us to maintain CDC safety guidelines with so many adults standing around.  Remember, our goal is to keep the school open!  Thank you for your cooperation.

Last week’s local news is a reminder that MSC may have to transition to fully remote learning at any time.  In the event that we go fully remote, all student cohorts will follow Cohort D’s/ or fully remote student schedules. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me at KPowers3@schools.nyc.gov if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

Kerry

LETTER TO MIDDLE SCHOOL FAMILIES

Dear Middle School Families:

 

It has been a joy to greet students and families in the morning.  And I want to thank all the families who have shared their appreciation and support.  We have just completed our first two week cycle in the hybrid model.  As our program is new, we are taking every opportunity to improve upon it as the year progresses. 

 

I ask that you continue to have patience with us, as even the most experienced teachers are being forced to adjust their teaching practices and rethink their trusted routines. I will provide you updates on some changes that we are making as well as information about Advisory support moving forward.

 

We have been in conversation with families and about the programming and scheduling including with our School Leadership Team.  We continue to follow the DOE program model, 1B and have followed the program mandates set forth by the DOE for both both in person and remote teaching.  At the present time we are meeting with all middle school teachers to get their feedback on the current schedule and, collaboratively, we will determine if adjustments need to be made.  As you all know, we have a significant teacher shortage.  We are advocating everyday to be provided with additional teachers.  So far, we have been provided with one additional teacher which has allowed us to provide special education teacher support services to all students who receive this service according to their IEP.

Please note that we will not make any major schedule changes until the opt-in period for students who would like to opt-in to hybrid learning.


October 26th-30th

Opt-in window for in person hybrid learning

November 9th

Families will be informed of the schedule of in person hybrid learning and the remote cohort

November 26th

Students start in person hybrid learning

 

In the event that we go fully remote

When the entire school attends remotely they will all follow the A and B schedule, except for advisory, which will remain the same group.  Students who are in cohort "D" will join cohort "A" or "B".  In the event that the entire school attends remotely we will resend class lists to make sure that all students know if they should follow the A or the B schedule.  To better understand this I have added a key below:


6A1D will join 6A1

6A2D will join 6A2

6B1D will join 6B1

6B2D will join 6B2

7A1D will join 7A1

7A2D will join 7A2

7B1D will join 7B1

7B2D will join 7B2

8A1D will join 8A1

8A2D will join 8A2

8B1D will join 8B1

8B2D will join 8B2 

 

Responsive Advisory and Second Step

One of our school wide learning goals and CEP goal is to continue to know every student well with a cultural lens, as well as an academic perspective to strengthen equity and access across the school (both in person and remote learning).  To meet our goal we are blending and implementing our SEL curriculums: Responsive Classroom and Second Step Social emotional curriculums across the school consistently. Our commitment continues to be to support our students social and emotional health is still a priority for all students.  

 

What is Second Step?

A holistic approach to building supportive communities for every child through social-emotional learning.  The advisory program is web-based and includes teacher-facilitated lessons and advisory activities, along with program training and resources to help middle schoolers build social-emotional skills for life.

 

Advisory Units:

Unit 1 - Mindsets & Goals

Unit 2 - Recognizing Bullying & Harassment

Unit 3 - Thoughts, Emotions, & Decisions

Unit 4 - Managing Relationships & Social Conflict

 

We will start with a primer unit specifically designed for students reentry after school disruptions.


Community Rebuilding Unit:

This mini-unit is designed to respond to student needs as the community rebuilds from the disruption last spring due to COVID-19.

 

The goal of the Community Rebuilding Unit is to help foster a renewed sense of community among students and staff as they return to school after extended COVID-19-related school closures. To achieve this goal, the Community Rebuilding Unit will have students engage in a variety of activities designed to help them build connections with their peers and school staff. Students will also explore their thoughts and feelings about the unprecedented events they are living through. In doing this, they can better recognize the experiences they’ve shared and support each other as they begin to reflect on and process those experiences. Staff will also receive guidance on how they can help foster a positive school community and provide meaningful support to their students.

 

Why This Unit Matters

The twin crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and the issues of systemic racism (highlighted by the killing of George Floyd) have damaged students’ sense of safety and placed them at risk for traumatic stress and other adverse childhood experiences. Schools can play a critical role in moderating the effects of that stress by providing a safe and supportive environment—one where friends and caring adults can provide students with the social-emotional support they need to cope with what they’re experiencing.

 

Developing Study Buddies

We are  developing pairs of students to become study buddies as they spend time during the week learning asynchronously.  A study buddy is a peer within your class or grade who students will meet with during asynchronous days during independent work time.  This will allow students to work collaboratively with peers when not in live learning lessons.  We view study buddy google meet sessions as a way to mimic the academic and social interaction students are able to have during independent work time at their desks in school.  The buddy groups will be formed over the next two weeks.  They will take into account student  preferences.

 

Respect for All Student Assemblies

Ali, our Respect for All Liaison and School Social Worker, will lead students through a Respect for All assembly.  The sessions will take place during remote advisory times.  Families are welcome to attend.  The google meet invite will be forthcoming.

A Cohort will meet on 10/26 from 8:55-9:30

B Cohort will meet on 10/27 from from 8:55-9:30

D Cohort will meet on 11/2 from 8:55-9:30

 

Entry and Dismissal Reminders

Health Screening (https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/):

Students need to complete the health screening prior to entering the building.  They should log-in as a guest if they are unable to log in as a student.  Students can complete the screening on their mobile phones or on a computer at home and then print out the confirmation to show to Logan or me at entry.  If a student does not have access to a printer or mobile phone then we will conduct the screening at entry.

Dismissal:

I supervise dismissal everyday from 2:15-2:30.  Students waiting to be picked up can wait with me.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me at Bschott@schools.nyc.gov if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely,

 

Benjamin Schott 

Assistant Principal

Roads to Success are excited to announce that we will resume the use of Zoom.


Zoom has been an incredible platform for our engagement with your children.


The official start date for virtual program will be Monday, October 26, 2020.

Online program hours are from 2:30 to-5:30 PM Monday-Friday.


We encourage our students to challenge themselves by stepping outside of their comfort zones & trying new things! We ask that our families help by encouraging your children to participate in most of the activities we offer remotely. We offer multiple activities such as sports, dance, stem, cooking, art, and journalism. For the first week of programming, your child will have the opportunity to experience each activity we offer to see if it's something they would like to join. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me, our contact information will be listed below.


Virtual program will be for middle school students only! 


To create a more secure environment with Zoom, RTS will do the following: 


* Continue to require a password for all meetings. 


* Use waiting rooms. This allows the meeting host to verify those attempting to gain access to the meeting.  


* Create an invite-only meeting.  


* Prevent animated GIFs and other files in the chat.  


* Disable private chats.  


* Continue to send links to meetings directly to individuals and not publicly posting meeting links. 


* Continue to disable participant screen sharing or file sharing.  


* Lock meetings once everyone has joined.  


* Participant removal. If an unauthorized participant is identified and removed, this will prevent them from regaining access to the meeting using the same account. 


Notify families not to use their Facebook or Google accounts to sign into Zoom.  All participants must use the link or ID provided to gain access.  


* Notify staff and families to beware of Zoom-themed phishing emails. These may purport to be from Zoom and direct the recipient to open a malicious link or attachment in order to deliver malware or steal user credentials.  



Thank you , 

Justice Henry
Assistant Site Director
Roads To Success
Pronouns: He/Him/His
MSC & Lafayette Academy (Level Up) 

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UFT Citywide Parent and Family

Virtual Conference 2020

D3 Friends and Family,

On behalf of the UFT: 


Parents, guardians and students are invited to the annual UFT parent and family conference. This year's event will be citywide and held entirely online. There will be more than 30 workshops to choose from, a teen conference and child's programming. 

Registration is required:

Register Here

During the parent and family conference, there will also be a teen summit for youth between the ages of 13 and 18. We'll have workshops, music and more.

See the flier in English, Spanish and Chinese.

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ACCESS WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN

JOIN THE ARTISTS OF NEW YORK CITY BALLET FOR

A SERIES OF MOVEMENT WORKSHOPS DESIGNED ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Recommended for Children Ages 4–12

Advance Registration Required.

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Each 45-minute workshop will be taught by an NYCB Dancer and will include a warm-up and choreography inspired by some of the Company’s most treasured ballets.

Movement options will be offered throughout, and young movers of all abilities and their siblings are welcome.

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2020-2021

PA Contact

Information 

Lisa Kussell &

Paulina Perera-Riveroll

Co-Presidents

copres@friendsofmsc.org


Alison Papalia &

Linda Saffire

Co-Vice Presidents

covpres@friendsofmsc.org


Liz Green &

Rachel Connors Phillippe

Co-Secretaries

cosecretary@friendsofmsc.org


Rahsaan Harris &

Barrett Schlotthauer

Co-Treasurers

cotreasurer@friendsofms.org

Helpful links...

PS 333 Manhattan School for Children
NYC DOE Health Screening
NYC Schools Account
2020-2021 NYC DOE School Calendar
District 3 Community Education Council
NYC Department of Education District 3
Inclusiveness & Diversity Committee Resources
Diverse Book List - Teachers College Reading & Writing Project

CHALK THE WALK 2020

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Photo courtesy of J. Katatikarn 

Photo courtesy of E. Drago 

 

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