Dear Neighborhood School Families,
As I discussed in my letter a couple of weeks ago, teachers and I have begun to work on class configurations for next year. Although we always try to preserve students’ experience of staying two years in our mixed aged classrooms, sometimes it is not possible. Next year, we will have one fewer ⅘ class. As a result, we will have three ⅘ classes. We will also have 2 full-time 3rd grade ICT (these are classes with two teachers) classrooms. If you have a fourth grade child in Sofia’s class, please make sure you let her if there are particular friendships you’d like to see continue, or if there are particular children you think your child should not be placed with, or if there are other things you want us to consider about your child’s learning and social needs. While we will carefully consider your input along with information from teachers and other school staff, please understand that we may not be able to honor every request. Our goal is to make well balanced classes all around. We will be in clear communication with children and families about any changes in class placement before the end of the school year.
Our PROSE Diversity Grant was approved! Monies will support staff work with Border Crossers next year as well as compensate our early childhood teachers to outreach to District 1 Headstarts and Universal Pre-K programs. Borders Crossers will have a parent workshop Tuesday from 6 to 8 pm. This training provides parents, guardians and caregivers with strategies for how to talk about race and racism with their children. Parents learn how children see race, gain skills for approaching age-appropriate conversations with a racial equity lens, and practice strategies to promote positive racial identity development in children.
Friday is Field Day! Our entire school is going to Prospect Park for a picnic and outdoor activities. Younger students will take school buses and some upper grades will take the train. Please check with your child’s teacher about departure time. We will gather near the Picnic House. Parents wishing to take students out early or directly from the park must sign out with their classroom teachers. This will insure that all students are safely accounted for. Thank you.
Mark your calendars:
The NYS Written Science Test is today.
Please join our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes for their Theater Residency Shares in the auditorium this week:
Tuesday: 8:25 Laura & Michiko, 10:45 Alexis & Corinthia, 11:35 Hannah & Desmond
Wednesday: 9:10 Sofia, 9:55 Jane, 10:45 Grace
Thursday, June 9 is Chancellor’s Day. There is NO SCHOOL for students.
Tuesday, June 14 is a DOE Clerical Day for staff. There is NO SCHOOL for students.
Narrative Reports go home on on Thursday, June 23. Scored TNS ELA and Math Alternative Assessments will go home with students’ Narrative Reports.
Tuesday, June 28 is a half-day (and the last day of school!). Dismissal is at 11:35am.