A Year of
Clarity & Alignment P. S . 7 , E V E R Y O N E I S A S T A R !
Quote of the Week
“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” ~Harvey MacKay
WHAT ARE WE WORKING ON AS PROFESSIONALS? It is hard to believe that our third annual Fall Festival is upon us. Time seems to go so fast!
Special welcome to the newest member of our PS 7 Family, Mr. Christopher Donohoe. Mr. Donohoe will support our English Language Learners primarily in grades 4 and 5. He has spent two full school days observing classroom routines and children in action. This will help him be better equipped to support individuals and groups of children. He is looking forward to collaborating with colleagues and supporting the learning process with children. I am confident that you will all give him a warm PS 7 Welcome!
Time is a constant, an uncontrollable constant. As human beings, we can wake up one morning and wonder...where have the last few months gone...the past 10 years; or we can cherish every moment, each passing day with clarity and intention. The choice is up to each individual person, you are in charge of your time. There are always demands, there are always things we feel we must do-responsibilities to fulfill. There are also moments that we spend doing the things we think we have to do or the things we have always done, sometimes without a second thought. To live intentionally, we must bring a level of awareness to how we spend our time. Before we can reflect on whether our time is being spent in the best way possible, we must first have an objective assessment of what we are spending our time on. As a school community, we have very limited amounts of time to spend engaged in
Administrative Foci Week of 10/19/09
As a professional, you are responsible for the following items:
• Data driven student groups in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. • Differentiated learning experiences based on what children know and what learning is expected.
teaching and learning with our children. Ten months, with several interruptions, make for a potentially quick school year. In prior conversations of what’s working and what’s challenging, the point of not having enough time is shared repeatedly. I have a hunch that we can make strategic, collaborative decisions about how to better spend our time. During the remaining weeks in October, reflect on and think for yourself about the times you are working really hard and yet it feels like you are spinning your wheels. Or at the end of the day, compare what you intended to accomplish to what was actually accomplished. If the actual is different from the intended, ask yourself what got in my way? I am keeping a quick log of the amount of time I am in meetings (inside and outside the school), time on the computer, time in classrooms, time working with colleagues, with children. Together, we will build a clear picture of how time is spent currently, so we can make strategic, collaborative decisions about how we desire to spend our time. Pedagogical Coaches: Kindergarten - Coach Schmidt Grade 1 - Coach Taylor Grades 2 & 3 - Coach Chestnutt Grade 4 - Coach Schmidt Grade 5 - Coach Taylor
Kudos Corner: P.S. 7 Super Stars!
The PS 7 Kudos Corner is designed to identify and honor best practices and outstanding efforts within our school community. Studies have shown that the # 1 impact on student success and achievement comes from high quality, effective teachers. The staff members highlighted in our PS 7 Kudos Corner deserve to be acknowledged for their hard work, outstanding efforts, and successes with our children. P.S. 7 where everyone is a STAR; where hard work, dedication, and excellence shine!
OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2009 DATES TO REMEMBER:
J ENN I FER FOX -C A SA LE COME ONE AND ALL TO SEE THE RIGOROUS WORK DISPLAY CREATED BY MRS. FOX-CASALE AND THE CHILDREN OF CLASS 2-215. KUDOS TO MRS. FOX FOR SUCCESSFULLY INTEGRATING THE ARTS INTO THE EVERYDAY LEARNING IN THE CLASSROOM. “DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?” OFFERS A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE AND ENCOURAGES CHILDREN TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES ARTISTICALLY AND IN WRITING.
Monday, October 19, 2009 !
Parent Orientation for ELLs
MO NI C A L A MB ERT
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 !
Academic Showcase K-5 9:00 AM
Monday, October 26, 2009 !
Cycle 2 Begins
Friday, October 30, 2009 !
Dress Down Fundraiser*
*Proceeds go to 3rd Grade Broadway Show !
PA is hosting Sports Day
KUDOS TO MS. LAMBERT FOR THE INTERACTIVE WRITING BOARD IN HER CLASSROOM. MS. LAMBERT STATES EXACTLY WHAT STANDARDS AND SKILLS HER CHILDREN ARE WORKING TO MASTER IN WRITING, AND HER CHILDREN ARE USING HER COMMENTS TO GUIDE THEIR WORK. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING HER STUDENTS’ GROWTH AS WRITERS AS THE YEAR PROGRESSES.
Monday, November 2, 2009 SLT Class Parents Reception 5:30 PM Tuesday, November 3, 2009 !
Chancellor’s Conference Day
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 !
Report Cards are due
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 !
Parent Teacher Conferences
1/2 day for students
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 !
No School-Veterans Day
Thursday, November 12, 2009 !
Family Story Night K-2
Friday, November 13, 2009 !
Family Fitness Class 5:30 PM
MS . H ARL EY, MRS . B A RR, M S. C ANO, & MRS . MC K EE KUDOS TO MS. HARLEY, MRS. BARR, MS. CANO, AND MRS. MCKEE FOR THEIR COLLABORATION WITH “LANDMARK BOOKS”. THESE TEACHERS INCORPORATED READING, WRITING, ART, AND SOCIAL STUDIES (THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE) INTO THIS LEARNING EXPERIENCE; THEY ARE PREPARING THEIR STUDENTS FOR THE FIFTH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES EXAM IN A PRODUCTIVE AND FUN WAY. COME VISIT THE 2ND FLOOR NEW WING AND CHECK OUT THE BEAUTIFUL DISPLAY!
Here is the P.S.7 Newsletter from the week of Oct 16, 2009