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7:00 p.m. - Anticipated Executive Session
7:30 p.m. - Public Session
John Jay High School, Library
March 12, 2018
Dear Increase Miller Families,
We know that the last week has been very challenging for many of you and our IMES staff. Poor weather conditions along with power outages have caused disruption to our daily lives. Despite these obstacles, your children and IMES staff have positively persevered and continue to focus on learning. We are hoping that Mother Nature will be kinder to us in the weeks ahead.
Recently, you may have noticed a new greeter stationed at the front entrance of our school. We would like to welcome Bill DeSanctis to Increase Miller as our new greeter. Mr. DeSanctis is a retired New York City police officer and prior to working at Increase Miller, he worked in the Ardsley School District. As a reminder, if you are dropping items off for your child or class event, please be sure they are clearly labeled for delivery to the classrooms.
At the end of the day today, student progress reports will be available on Infinite Campus’s Parent Portal. A Connect Ed message will notify you when they may be viewed. As a reminder, student performance is reported on a continuum from beginning to secure. The progress report at each grade level outlines the year-end expected outcomes. Students achieving a Secure rating indicate proficiency in a particular skill.
Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) March 12 – March 29
PARP was launched today at our school assemblies and at each assembly high school students performed skits about popular children’s books for our students! Our PARP committee has planned special activities to promote and celebrate reading for the rest of the month. Other events include author visits, book swap, and Reading Under the Stars. Attached you will find the PARP letter along with a calendar of special events/days.
Please remind your children to record their reading at home on their independent reading logs!
Black History Month & Women’s History Month
During February, we recognized Black History Month by learning about African Americans who contributed to our society. Morning announcements, morning meetings, classroom read alouds, assemblies, and reading and writing opportunities included conversations about important leaders. The library also displayed many book titles for students to check out. This month, classroom teachers and our library media specialist, Mrs. Hoffman, will be highlighting the contributions of women both past and present.
Mindfulness & Yoga
We continue to focus on mindfulness with our school-based Compact Team. To build on all of our work in this area, Jessica Knopke, Arts in Education instructor and KLSD parent, spent 2.5 days with your children at IMES. Mrs. Knopke, a trained pediatric OT and certified yoga/mindfulness teacher, led one session of mindfulness and yoga with all classes K-5, including our two special education classes, by focusing on deep breathing, yoga poses, and positive affirmations. We look forward to continuing our work in this area.
Thursday, March 15th Budget BOE Meeting at JJHS @ 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21st Reading Under the Stars @ 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 22nd Budget BOE Meeting at JJHS @ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 29th School in Session (Weather Reserve Day #2)
Friday, March 30th Spring Recess
Monday, April 2nd – Friday, April 6th Spring Recess
Wednesday, April 11th NY State ELA Assessment Grades 3, 4, and 5
Thursday, April 12th NY State ELA Assessment Grades 3, 4, and 5
We look forward to seeing you in the near future.
Kerry Ford & Andy Galotti