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7:00 p.m. - Anticipated Executive Session
7:30 p.m. - Public Session
John Jay High School, Library
Dear IM Families,
November has been a very busy month at Increase Miller! Field Trips, SEPTO’s Differences Day, the Book Fair, character education assemblies, and this evening’s Grade 5 Pasta Night represent some of the happenings here at IMES. We look forward to next week as well when Grade 1 enjoys their traditional Thanksgiving celebration. Please continue to check our school website http://imes.klschools.org/home for more information about Increase Miller.
Our Character Education Committee continues to focus on our school theme, Kind, Responsible, and Safe. This past week, we held a school assembly that focused on bullying. The title of the assembly was Stand Up, Step In, and Speak Out. Our K-5 students were engaged in a very interactive program that provided students with information about what bullying looks like, how to stand up to bullying, and the importance of communicating problems to adults.
This past week at the Principal’s Coffee, we highlighted some information about our academic programs and social emotional learning (SEL). Our District’s focus, intellectual engagement, is at the forefront of our professional learning this year. Professional development days, instructional leader meetings, faculty meetings, and grade level meetings are devoted to professional development in this area. New K-5 units of study/curriculum work, such as our Social Studies inquires, STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) experiences, and additional writing units reflect our new understandings. Additionally, we showed some components of our Envision Mathematics Program emphasizing multiple strategies to solve word problems. Finally, we showed parents how a “peace table” helps students communicate with each other about everyday conflicts that arise on the playground, at lunch, or even in the classroom.
Our chilly weather is quickly approaching! As stated in the family handbook, please be sure your child comes to school in clothing that is appropriate for outdoor play. If the temperature, including the wind chill, is below forty degrees, students should be prepared to play outside wearing the following:
On snowy days in order to play in the snow (including sledding) students will also need:
Please be aware that if a student is not dressed appropriately, he or she will be unable to attend outdoor activities (including recess). If the temperature including the wind chill falls below twenty degrees, the students will stay inside for recess. Dr. Louis A. Corsaro, the school district physician, has also advised us in these matters.
Please mark Your Calendar
Thursday, November 23 School Closed for Thanksgiving
Friday, November 24 School Closed for Thanksgiving
Mon., Dec. 25 – Mon., Jan. 1 School Closed for Winter Break
Tuesday, January 2 School resumes
Monday, January 15 School Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
During this time of giving thanks, we would like to recognize our teachers, staff, the PTO and families for collaborating with us to educate and enrich the lives of our students.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Kerry Ford and Andy Galotti