Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
REMINDER: Next month birthday lunch is on Wednesday, November 18 @1:30 pm. If you want help with setting up for the event, please come earlier - around 1:15 pm.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
SELF AND OTHERS
Essential Question: How are people unique?
Identity and Diversity:
- All people share common characteristics
- All people have needs (food, clothing, shelter) and wants (toys, games, treats)
- Needs and wants are satisfied in a variety of ways
- People are diverse
- People are unique
People can be characterized by:
- gender (boy, girl)
- physical characteristics (height,eye and hair color, age)
- ethnicity/culture (Spanish, Jewish, African-American, etc.)
- language (English, Korean, Arabic, Spanish, etc.)
- beliefs (cultural beliefs, religion)
- Family values
- School, teachers
Self as Learner:
- Learning is important
- People learn in different ways
- People learn from families and teachers
- People have various talents and abilities
- People change and grow as learners
Developing Civic Awareness:
- Students help each other in many ways
- Considerate classmates are good citizens
- Being a citizen involves rights and responsibilities
- Communities/organizations identify/elect leaders
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
10/23 Steven & Marcia (Elijah's parents)
11/6 Yuriy (Sophia's dad))
11/13 Rebecca (Maya's mom)
11/20 Cari (Lilli's mom)
12/4 Micka (Shai's mom)
12/18 Talia (Xavier P's mom)
1/8 Colette (Zara's mom)
1/22 Janine (Olivia’s mom)
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Enchantment Theatre’s production will take your school and family audiences on a wild ride as Harold jets to Mars (shooting stars, space ships!), joins a circus (he walks a tightrope!) and meets a king in an enchanted garden (of course, there’s a dragon). The “Harold” books have captivated families for more than fifty years, celebrating the imagination of children and the unique way they see the world.
Using all the elements of its signature style, which combines life-size puppets, masks, magic and music, Enchantment’s production will delight and amaze your audiences, from children starting at Harold’s age, all the way up to grandparents — anyone, in fact, whose heart is young and adventurous."
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Ms. Feldman (2nd grade teacher) presented the PTA with an overview of the work that she has done and discussed how she was happy with the development of the students in her class, a result, which she has attributed to the implementation of professional development training. Ms. Feldman showed us examples of her students' work to illustrate great improvement in reading, writing and comprehension, as well as mathematics.
Ms. Rubenstein (4th grade teacher) stated that the professional development program focuses on the Judy Davis Guidelines for the training. The guidelines have helped in making teachers' work more innovative, exciting and challenging for all the subjects. It provided teachers with a lot of teaching techniques to make their subjects more interesting to the students.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Ms. Beckman told us that this year again, the teachers will be working with outside consultants who will provide the Roosevelt Island School staff with professional development. It is key for the success of any school to continue to provide on going training to staff, that they can implement in their classrooms. The Principal explained to us how Professional Development comes in the form of the consultants observing in classrooms, meeting with grade levels to plan, co-teaching lessons in classrooms, providing teachers’ feedback and focusing on the school goal of differentiated instruction. Professional developers will be using many professional texts with P.S./I.S. 217 staff to further their expertise. The Principal thanked the PTA for helping to fund professional developers in the school this year.