4th Grade New York State Science Exam
Dear 4th Grade Parents,
It is that time of year where we start to prepare for the 4th Grade New York State Science Exam. We will be practicing in the classroom, but students should be practicing at home as well. Here is the link you can use to practice at home. NYS past Science Exams You can also search New York State Science Exams and click on the link Past Grade 4 Science Tests. Please remember this is a cumulative test, the students will be tested on anything they learned in science from Kindergarten through 4th grade.
The practical exam will take place during the week of May 23 -June 1, 2018. The written exam will be on Monday June 4, 2018. Together we can make sure the students are ready for their test.
Mrs. Frisz and the 4th Grade Teachers
The Principal's Corner
Monday, April 9, 2018
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fun-filled restful spring break!
April is here and from this point on the rest of the school year will breeze by.
We know that “April Showers Bring May Flowers” and so we would like to welcome families to join Ms. Regan for Garden Day on Saturday April 21, 2018 from 10:00a.m.-2:00 p.m. to spruce up our garden. Letters will go home and if you are interested in contributing to the beautification of our school grounds, please return the slip as soon as possible. Did you know that Sunday, April 22, 2018 also happens to be Earth day? What a wonderful way to respect Mother Nature with your child.
Safety: On March 29, 2018 right before the Spring break, your children were all engaged in our last round of bus drills. Three bus drills are done each year to ensure that all children know the expected behaviors on school busses as well as how to evacuate in an emergency situation. Prior to drills teachers engage students in lessons around safety protocols/behaviors and following the drills students are provided time to reflect on what they learned. Please note that when children are informed and are provided ample opportunities to reflect on appropriate and inappropriate behavior as well as problem solve, they are better prepared to deal with conflict resolution. Our goal is to provide all children with access to a rigorous and meaningful quality education in a safe and welcoming environment.
“No Toy Policy”: Please refrain from allowing your children to bring personal items and toys from home to school. While some want to use them at lunch time, we have a “No Personal Toy” policy to avoid problems which usually present themselves. Children may bring a drawing book, puzzle book or word search, child-friendly appropriate magazine or book which they can use on inclement weather days.
Children in grades 3-5 will take the State ELA Tests and this Wednesday April 11, 2018 and Thursday April 12, 2018 and State Math Tests will take place on May 1, 2018 and May 2, 2018. Tests remain untimed. While we still record the start time and an estimated end time, all children who are working productively by the end of the estimated time are allowed to continue until they are done, but they must be “working productively.” That means all children who are still working can finish.
At PS 38 we encourage children to always put their best foot forward because they are well prepared. Also note that life is about tests. We take tests for High School and College admissions, to secure a job, to learn how to drive, etc. While we want children to understand that tests are important, “one” test does not define a person. The same stands for the State Tests your children take. The information gathered from these tests will allow us to better inform our practice to meet your children’s needs. It is no longer just about the test. Now we use multiple measures to paint a clear picture of a child’s readiness for promotion and whether or not they have met grade standard: Attendance, student work samples, performance throughout the year, state tests, portfolio assessments, etc. Let’s reduce anxiety…and let the children put their best foot forward.
We ask that families of children in grades 3-5 who are testing please make sure they get a good night’s sleep and have a lite breakfast. Children must come to school on time as we begin promptly first thing in the morning when their minds are fresh and alert. Also make sure that if your child wears glasses, they bring them to school that day. Teachers in grades 3-5 will not assign home work on April 10th and 11th, the nights before testing, to ensure children are well rested.
Your children have worked hard and we are confident they will all do their personal best.
Our Parents as Learning Partners Day will take place on April 20 and the focus will be Science with an emphasis on STEM methods. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through an interdisciplinary and applied approach. STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. STEM learning is collaborative and project-based and kids work closely together in a hands-on way to solve real-world problems. STEM tasks are challenging and push students to seek new information to solve a problem. Activities are designed around opportunities for students to solve ‘real world’ challenges that are relevant to their lives. Hands on, experiential learning and practical inquiry processes is one reason STEM education is so successful in early years education. “Learning by doing” is an essential part of teaching young students. The use of open-ended inquiry tasks allow students to select from their own skills ‘toolkit’ to direct their own journey towards a creative solution to the problem.
We have two STEM cluster teachers Ms. Regan and Mrs. Frisz who teach science and technology and support teachers in this new learning, however, all teachers also teach science to children weekly. We encourage all families to join their children in some fun hands-on STEM activities on this PALP day!
A special thank you goes to Mrs. Schnur, a former Librarian, who provided the free books for children to take which were displayed at our March Parent Teacher Conference Night. The children loved them and what a nice way to foster a love for literacy!
* Our PTA hosted our Parent Day at “Painting With A Twist” in March where families who participated enjoyed showing off their Art skills!
* The next PTA meeting will take place on April 25 at 9:00 am where we will also recognize our Citizens of the Month and Students of the Month. The area of academic excellence will be Science/STEM.
* Picture re-take day for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 5th graders who are stepping up will be on April 24, 2018.
* The PTA will also host their annual Carnival Night on Friday April 27, 2018 (letters will be forthcoming)
Our PTA is always looking for new and exciting ways to support your children and PS 38 and they are doing a fine, fine, job…we are very grateful.
~Thank you for entrusting your children to us.
Believing In Children...
Inspiring Young Minds,
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Upcoming Events This Week
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STEM Information- Children Activities, Workshops, Camps
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world.
What separates STEM from the traditional science and math education is the blended learning environment and showing students how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life. It teaches students computational thinking and focuses on the real world applications of problem solving.
Parents As Learning Partners
Parent As Learning Partner Day
Friday, April 20, 2018 at 8:35 am
In order to ensure the success of this initiative it is important that you understand the following:
· Please no moving from classroom to classroom, this is disruptive. If you have more than one child in the school, there will be other opportunities to visit each classroom.
· Please no conferencing with the teachers, the teachers have to continue with the teaching and learning and cannot be disrupted to converse with a parent.
· Please keep your cell phones on vibrate and please do not use them while the class is in session.
· No coffee is allowed in the classrooms.
· We ask that you arrive promptly; we do not want the lesson disrupted in any way.
After the classroom instruction, we will debrief in the All Purpose Room.
School Spirit Day-April 20, 2017
Show your school spirit!!!
CRAZY HAIR DAY!!!!
SLT-School Leadership Team
Our School Leadership Meetings are open to the school community and the public.
2017 – 2018 School Leadership Team Meetings
Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 2:45 pm
Thursday, November 9, 2017 @ 2:45 pm
Thursday, December 13, 2017@ 9:00 am
Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 2:45 pm
Thursday, February 8, 2018 @ 2:45 pm
Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 2:45 pm
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:45 pm
Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 2:45 pm
Friday, June 8, 2018 @ 2:45 pm
Helpful and Informative Websites: Check out these websites for tips, strategies, and ways you can help your child at home.
Read.. Read... Read...
Leveled Book List
The following books are listed from easy to difficult by reading levels and can be found at www.amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.
Books that are “just right” for your child will be the ones on their level. To build fluency, have your child read books on an easier level. Books above your child’s level will be too difficult. However, a child’s listening level is usually 2-3 grade levels above their reading level. If your child is reading at a first grade level, they can listen and comprehend books at a third or fourth grade level.
Reading aloud to your child will help challenge students by introducing them to more sophisticated vocabulary and increasing their cognitive skills. In addition, reading together is a great time for parents to bond with their children and will provide opportunities for meaningful discussion. It will become a time you and your child look forward to each night!
Remember; don’t restrict your child’s reading material to only books. Provide the chance to read other types of materials (magazines, comics, newspapers, atlases, recipes, game instructions, etc.). This will allow them to discover several reading materials of interest.
For more leveled books, check out this website: http://orgs.bloomu.edu/americareads/leveledbooks/leveledbooks.html
Also, www.reallygoodstuffreading.com has a great set of Learn to Read Books for levels A-J.
For a list of leveled books, click here Leveled Book List _summer_.pdf
Notes from Mrs. Chow
HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR CHILD AND YOURSELF
Depression in Children
What is depression in children?
Childhood depression is different from the normal "blues" and everyday emotions that occur as a child develops. Just because a child seems sad doesn't necessarily mean he or she has significant depression. If the sadness becomes persistent, or if disruptive behavior that interferes with normal social activities, interests, schoolwork, or family life develops, it may indicate that he or she has a depressive illness. Keep in mind that while depression is a serious illness, it is also a treatable
Signs and symptoms of depression in children include:
· Irritability or anger
· Continuous feelings of sadness and hopelessness
· Social withdrawal
· Increased sensitivity to rejection
· Changes in appetite -- either increased or decreased · Changes in sleep -- sleeplessness or excessive sleep
· Vocal outbursts or crying
· Difficulty concentrating · Fatigue and low energy · Physical complaints (such as stomachaches, headaches) that don't respond to treatment
· Reduced ability to function during events and activities at home or with friends, in school, extracurricular activities, and in other hobbies or interests
· Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
· Impaired thinking or concentration · Thoughts of death or suicide
Not all children have all of these symptoms. In fact, most will display different symptoms at different times and in different settings. Although some children may continue to function reasonably well in structured environments, most kids with significant depression will suffer a noticeable change in social activities, loss of interest in school and poor academic performance, or a change in appearance. Children may also begin using drugs or alcohol, especially if they are over age 12.
How Is Depression Diagnosed in Children?
If the symptoms of depression in your child have lasted for at least two weeks, you should schedule a visit with his or her doctor to make sure there are no physical reasons for the symptoms and to make sure that your child receives proper treatment. A consultation with a mental health care professional who specializes in children is also recommended.
A mental health evaluation should include interviews with you (the parent or primary caregiver) and your child, and any additional psychological testing that is necessary. Information from teachers, friends and classmates can be useful for showing that these symptoms are consistent during your child's various activities and are a marked change from previous behavior.
There are no specific tests -- medical or psychological -- that can clearly show depression, but tools such as questionnaires (for both the child and parents) combined with personal information can be very useful in helping diagnose depression in children. Sometimes those therapy sessions and questionnaires can uncover other concerns that contribute to the depression such as ADHD, conduct disorder, and OCD.
What Are the Treatment Options? Treatment options for children with depression are similar to those for adults, including psychotherapy (counseling) and medication. The role that family and the child's environment play in the treatment process is different from that of adults. Your child's doctor may suggest psychotherapy first, and consider antidepressant medicine as an additional option if there is no significant improvement. The best studies to date indicate that a combination of psychotherapy and medication is most effective at treating depression. Studies show that the antidepressant Prozac is effective in treating depression in children and teens. The drug is officially recognized by the FDA for treatment of children ages 8 to 18 with depression. Other medications may be chosen if there are other coexisting illnesses contributing to the depression.
****Information source-National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression in Children and Adolescents."
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Parent Notices-5th Grade Parents
Information for current 5th Grade students-
September 15, 2017
Dear Parents of our Incoming 6th Grader’s 2018,
You are cordially invite to attend our 5th Grade Articulation Night here at I.S. 2.
Come Join Us On:
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Come learn about I.S. 2 and all we have to offer!
Here from our Staff, Teachers, UAU and meet our PTA
Have all your questions answered!!
Save the Date...
Feb 2: ground Hog Day
Feb 6: Safety Meeting, 4th Grade Assembly-3rd is invited: American Revolution
Feb 7: PTA 9:00 am,
Feb 8: SLT
Feb 9: PALP: Math/SOLVE, Valetine's Day Dance,
Feb: 13: I Love U Sale in Library,
Feb 14: Spirit Day: Wear red, pink, purple
Feb 16-25: Winter Recess-No School
Feb 26: return to school
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Where can I find....?
General- All subject, All grades
Pre-K Registration Starts January 17, 2017
Pre-K Directories for 2017 Registration are Available in the Office.