October 29th, 2021
A Most Wonderful AmPark Wonderwalk & Pumpkin Blaze...
Thank you so much for your turnout at our Wonder Walk Costume Parade! We have raised over $1800 in support of healthy moms and healthy babies for the March of Dimes. We are also so appreciative of the many donations of pumpkins, as well as your time and efforts to both decorate the pumpkins with students and decorate the entrance of the building for them. You have created a beautiful new tradition and special memories for our children.
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Guidance Team Offerings during Parent Teacher Conferences
Topic: Intro to Counseling Supports & Regulations Parent Meeting
Time: Nov 4, 2021 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Our Wellness Ambassador Audrey Routliffe will be hosting a virtual Brain Power session for families on November 10th! Be on the lookout and get in on the fun!
Library volunteers needed - please email Teresa at TMulvihill@schools.nyc.gov
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How to be Anti-Racist - Lessons, tips, and tools for educators and families
RULER Informational Video: Hopefully you have heard your children talking about their class charter or checking in on the mood meter. This work comes from The RULER Approach for Social and Emotional Learning. Our school is one of the original schools in District 10 doing this work and it has spread citywide! Check out this informational video to learn a little more.
AmPark Picture Days are Coming! November 16th, 17th, and 18th!
Upcoming Social Emotional Learning Screener
October 26th, 2021
We understand just how challenging the past 18 months of the pandemic have been for you as parents, families, and caregivers. We are in awe of the work you have done, and continue to do each and every day, to support your child(ren) and we thank you for your continued partnership with us. Our work together is more important than ever as we strive to ensure your child thrives this school year and beyond. To further support you, our teachers, counselors, and social workers as champions of your child(ren)’s academic and social and emotional needs, are excited to let you know about a wonderful opportunity in our school this year!
Research has consistently shown that developing the social and emotional skills of students helps them to succeed academically, gain confidence, and be happier. Social-emotional learning, or SEL, includes developing relationship skills, self-awareness, responsible decision-making, and optimistic thinking.
To identify and support the social-emotional growth of all children in our school, we are excited to be administering a strengths-based SEL screener, known as the Devereaux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA). The DESSA asks questions about areas of social-emotional functioning including decision making, relationship building, confidence, and others.This tool will be completed by someone who knows your child really well—in most cases a teacher.
The responses we gather will help us provide targeted, highly responsive support to each individual student. Perhaps most importantly, the tool enables us to build on each student’s strengths while identifying the social-emotional skills they need to further develop. Once our students’ growth areas are identified, we can create highly responsive plans to target and enhance those skills in the most appropriate manner and settings.
The results of this screener will not be included on report cards, will not have any impact on grades, and will not be used to make any diagnostic or evaluation decisions. The results will be stored securely in an online portal that meets the DOE’s strictest privacy and security settings and will only be viewable by your child(ren)’s teachers and select school staff such as the principal or counselor.
The information gathered from the DESSA screening tool will allow us to provide the very best support to your child and will be beneficial to their overall success, both inside and outside of school. Families will have an opportunity to hear about their student’s SEL skills during family conferences.
We are excited to implement the DESSA beginning November 3rd]. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Josie Ilarraza for K – 2 students and Melissa Valerio for 3 – 5 students at (718) 548-3451.
If you do not want a staff member to complete the DESSA screener for your student, you must write an email to me at Klennon@schools.nyc.gov stating that. This letter needs to be received by the school by November 2nd.
If you have any questions regarding social-emotional learning or the DESSA, please call/email me Josie or Melissa at (718) 548-3451 or firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com.
All DOE kindergarten students are eligible to join the Save for College Program. In partnership with our nonprofit partner, NYC Kids RISE
(Open NYC Kids RIse), this free program will provide incoming kindergarten students with NYC Scholarship Accounts including the first $100 credit into each account, opportunities to earn additional rewards and access to Community Scholarships (Open external link), as well as supporting financial education and college and career readiness activities. Since the Save for College Program began as a pilot in 2017, 96% of all eligible students (~13,500 first through fourth graders) now have a NYC Scholarship Account for their educational futures. Visit the Save for College Program Pilot website (Open external link) to learn more about the pilot phase of the Save for College Program.More information can be found here: https://infohub.nyced.org/in-our-schools/programs/nyc-kids-rise-save-for-college-program
Downloadable Resources here: https://nyckidsrise.org/downloadable-resources/
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