It is hard to believe that it is the end of the year. November was a wonderful month. We found out that P.S. 51 earned an “A” on the 2012-13 Department of Education Progress Report. We are very proud of the hard work of our students, teachers, staff, administration and parents who all contributed to this top grade despite the more rigorous common core standards, harder state tests, temporary re-location of P.S. 91 at Our Lady of Good Counsel on East 91st Street bussing all our students from the west side.
Ms. Myers-Jusko, A.P. and I met with all teachers to discuss the progress of all your children. So many students have made incredible academic progress since September. For students who need extra help, they are attended extended time Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We also individualize the work in the classrooms with the many reading, math, and writing groups on your child’s level. We will also have a Saturday Program for students in Grades 3-5 in March before the NY State tests. Students who have scored a Level 1 or 2 on the state tests in Grades 4 and 5 will be invited as well as students we identify in Grade 3 who need extra support.
On Friday, December 6th at 8:30 a.m, we invite parents to come and see how your child learns math as the first “Family Friday,” series we will be conducting this year. This is an opportunity for you to observe your child, their class and the teacher in a specific content area so that you can see first-hand how your child is learning math and how we teach it. You will visit your own child’s classrooms from 8:30-9:15 am.
We have many celebrations in December. Kindergarten will have their celebration of what they have learned about trees on December 18 at 8:30 am. 4th Grade will have their celebration of Native American on December 12 at 1 pm. Students share what they have learned in these content themes through reading, writing, math, science, social studies, music and art. Don’t miss them. On December 20th, we will have a music performance of our special ensembles and a sing along for the holiday at 1:30 pm.
I hope you all have a happy holiday season with your families and friends. This is a special time of year for people to come together with their loved ones to celebrate whatever holiday you celebrate. See you after the New Year on Thursday, January 2, 2014! Happy New Years!
Principal of P.S. 51