“Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. “
~ Arnold Glasow
November is such a beautiful month of the changing of the season (the trees seem to be on fire!) and it’s a wonderful time to get settled in for the school year.
The work that we have all done together enables us to really begin digging into the curriculum, planning and implementing our Common Core Standards, embracing the tenets of Soul Shoppe, and continuing to work together as teachers, parents and students in order for our students to achieve, be challenged and happy at school. We are on fire!
Common Core: Our teachers are digging in to the Common Core standards and developing curriculum maps, inserting Common Core ELA and math Units of Study, developing activities that encourage students to collaborate, create, explain their answers and think critically. We are enjoying the opportunity to explore, discuss, and investigate new units and transition our favorite units over to Common Core.
Intervention: Our intervention team, let by Mrs. Kravitz, is busy putting interventions in place that will meet the needs of our students. We have implemented a new assessment program, easy CBM, which allows us to monitor the progress of many of our students throughout the year. This online testing system is being piloted at many schools throughout the district. We are really excited about the capacity to use common assessments and track student growth throughout the year.
Character Education: Our next Soul Shoppe assembly on December 4th will focus on making wise choices in the classroom and on the playground. Our presenter, Daniel Bruno, has a wonderful, caring presence on campus and relates so well with students as well as staff.
Thank you! During this month of giving, it is a perfect opportunity to thank you, parents; for all that you do for the staff and students. Country Club is an active, busy place and we are passionate about providing opportunities to teach your child, preparing, him/her for the 21st century. Thank you for generosity in giving of your time, volunteering in the classroom; driving on field trips; working in the library; planning events; assisting during center time’ serving on a committee. Thank you for your generous donations throughout the year. Because of your donation, we are able to provide our students with activities that make a difference - music, art, technology, extra library time, character building skills to name a few.
Thank you for preparing your students to learn every day; for providing support; a guiding hand; a positive, caring environment; and for reading together each night.
I wish you a wonderful November and a special Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends.