WORDS FOR LIFE
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am writing to describe a new initiative that we are beginning today at Flushing Manor for all of our grade Pre-K - 5 students. The initiative is called “Words for Life” and it involves the development of a strong vocabulary background for all of our young students.
As you know, over the past several years we have been implementing the common core standards in all of our classrooms, so that we can give our students the tools they need to ensure success on the NYS Common Core Exams and more importantly, better prepare them for college and career.
The importance of literacy development is essential in preparing students for success in the future. We solidly believe that knowledge of vocabulary is a key element in supporting strong reading comprehension, as well as, effective writing skills. The “Words for Life” initiative involves weekly vocabulary words for each grade across the school. These words are selected by our grade level teams of teachers, based on the learning content for that particular week. Research shows that the more students encounter a word in context, the more likely they will retain the knowledge of the word over time.
In addition to students seeing the words during classroom instruction, we will also be assigning vocabulary homework for students on each grade, involving the use of these words. In the lower grades, these words will be added to the words of the week list. Additionally, students on all grades will be given assessments to monitor their understanding and ability to appropriately use the words.
At home, you can encourage your child to use the words regularly and review definitions for the words over the course of the week. This will help them prepare for the assessments, but more importantly it will also help your child retain the knowledge of the words over time.
If you have any questions about this initiative please contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. L. Di Guglielmo, our curriculum support specialist. We know that with parents as partners our “Words for Life” initiative will be a successful one and it will help our children to be ready for college and career so that they can truly become Learners for Life!
OCTOBER ACTIVITIES AT FLUSHING MANOR
Dear Parents and Guardians,
October at Flushing Manor has always been an exciting time for our students. We have many worthwhile events that serve to foster the social development of our students. These events not only serve to build special memories for our young boys and girls, but they are also designed to further engage them in the process of becoming Learners for Life!
In collaboration with our newly elected GO (student government), our PTA, and our parent coordinator, Mrs. Meg Baker, we will be holding three distinctive events this month. I am communicating with you as to the dates, and descriptions of each event so that all of our families can plan accordingly. The events are as follows... click here for complete details.
(PARP) Parents as reading partners
Dear Parents, Families and Guardians of P.S. 184,
In support of our school wide focus of Authentic Literacy and an effort to foster a love of reading in our students, we will begin our Parents as Reading Partners-(PARP) initiative for school year 2014-2015. The program involves a pledge from each family that parents, guardians or family members will take 15-30 minutes daily to read with their children in a pleasant and interactive way. This practice is different from that of making sure that your child is reading for stamina for the suggested time listed in their homework. During PARP time, either the adult or the child can read aloud to one another. Discussion around the content of the books/magazines should also be a part of this time. The children should be encouraged to choose books or magazines of their own liking. The level of the text can vary depending on who is going to be doing the reading aloud. This initiative goes along with our school wide D.E.A.R- Drop Everything and Read Time initiative, whereby our grade 2-5 students read from books they enjoy each morning when they enter the classroom. Click here to read more...