Dear Neighborhood School Families,
I want to share some exciting changes in our staff for next year. Sierra found a job teaching uptown (closer to home) and Lauren Packard, who was going to teach with Desmond, took an art teaching position elsewhere. We were able to bring on Erin Hyde, an experienced and long-time progressive educator who has been teaching kindergarten and first grade at Central Park East 1, a like-minded, progressive, public school in East Harlem for the past 12 years. Erin is a strong believer in play as the work of children and emphasizes social and emotional learning in her classroom. She also loves designing integrated curriculum based on the interests of the children. Corinthia Mirasol-Spath also comes to us from Central Park East 1 where she taught 4/5th grade for the past 8 years. Corinthia comes with lots of experience with emergent curriculum, where the ideas and interests of the children and teachers are used to create a living curriculum. We are also in the process of hiring Hannah Ingram, who has been teaching 3rd and 4th grade at the International School of Brooklyn and comes with experience and passion for developing social justice curriculum (which will certainly come in handy when planning the ⅘ Civil Rights unit this fall). We are thrilled to have all 3 of these experienced and progressive educators join our staff!
We have made some changes in teachers’ placements for this coming year, although class configurations have not changed. Erin will be teaching 1st/2nd grade in Room 206 (formerly Katie’s classroom). Christie will be co-teaching ½ with Meg in Room 308, and Olivia and Chelsea will be co-teaching right around the corner in Room 302. Hannah will be co-teaching ⅘ with Desmond and Corinthia will be co-teaching ⅘ with Alexis.
You can now complete your child’s School Meal Application online. In applying online, you will avoid the hassle of submitting a paper form in the fall (and having Gladys chase you down!). You can apply online using any computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection. Applications submitted online are processed within 24 hours of receipt. You will receive immediate confirmation that your application was submitted. Please know that your application will be kept confidential. Federal regulations do not allow the Department of Education to share your information with any other agency. If you have any questions, please contact The Office of School Food at 877-363-6325.
I am getting very excited as I write this letter; we have so many new experiences to look forward to! Very soon you will be receiving a letter and supply list from your child’s classroom teacher(s). It will detail some important materials your child needs to get started this year. Read it with your child (or have her/him read it to you). It’s going to be a wonderful school year!
I very much hope to see you at the PTA sponsored Welcome (back) Picnic on Tuesday, September 8th in the recess yard from 3 - 6pm.