Dear Parents and Guardians,
Happy Lunar New Year to those who celebrate! The DOE has deemed Feb. 5th as a school holiday for all students in recognition of this special cultural holiday. I am writing to update you on the happenings and events at P.S. 184Q. This month our students have been taking middle of the year assessments in literacy and math that help us to measure their learning over the past several months. We will use the information to make any necessary changes to instruction and student grouping. We continue to implement high level math instruction that supports all learners across classrooms in order to prepare our students for the real world. Also this month, parents received progress reports for students in grades K-5. The purpose of these reports was to share current progress in between the long report card marking period so that you can continue to support your children at home while we address their needs in school.
INSTRUCTIONAL FOCUS UPDATES: We continue to redesign our math instruction to include a focus on conceptual understanding. Our students have been using math tools and solving rigorous math problems based on real life situations. They have been explaining their mathematical thinking using math vocabulary. Our grade 3, 4, and 5 students will begin to prepare for NYS math exams during classroom math instruction when teachers will make some adjustments to classroom structures.
ARTS UPDATES: We continue our City Center dance program, made possible this year by PTA donations and school budget funding due to register growth. Our grade 3 and 4 classes will be performing their dances on the morning of February 14. Our Music teacher has put together a musical share around the Lunar New Year and this will be held on the morning of February 13. A mix of grade 3, 4 and 5 classes will perform. Our afterschool CASA theater program will begin today and will serve grade 3 and grade 4 students. This free program comes to us through a city council grant from Councilman Vallone. Additional funding in the school budget has enabled an extra day of theater to be added to our current schedule beginning in February, so that additional classes can be served.
RAZ Kids iREADY and First in Math PROGRAMS: We are asking our parents and guardians to ensure that students are using these research based tools at home on a daily basis! Grades K-5 have both First in Math and RAZ kids while grades 2-5 have access to Math and ELA test sophistication support online in a program called iReady. These programs are a valuable and engaging way of ensuring a positive technology presence in the lives of our young students. They are research based and if used 20-30 minutes a day student performance on state exams will improve.
READING CLUBS: Our grade 3 and 4 classes will begin reading clubs this week during STAR period. They will be experiencing cross grade grouping based on reading levels in smaller groups. They will participate in a variety of reading structures to help support their growth and progress in literacy.
SATURDAY TEST SOPHISTICATION: We are once again offering our grade 3-5 students and families a test sophistication program on Saturday mornings. We hope you take advantage of this offering which helps children prepare for these real life events that help measure learning in both ELA and math.