MAY 2021 EDITION
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE FROM DR. REMY
The school year is almost over, but we have a lot planned for the remainder of the school year! Whether remote or in person, we have an event or two for you! Did you know our school is ranked 7 out of all of the elementary schools in District 28 according to GreatSchools.org? Did you also know that we are rated a 7 out 10 according to GreatSchools.org?
This month, we will have our JCS Diaspora. The Diaspora will feature all of our countries of the month in the school building. Students will create artifacts from the country and re-create a place or items of the country. A virtual tour will be created to share with the school community. We will also have our Kids Heart Challenge Days and Multi-Lingual Language Advocacy Day as celebratory events. We are aiming to raise $1500 for the American Heart Association. On the academic side, students will be engaging in their final schoolwide assessments this month. Check out all of our events on the homepage.
As always, our partnerships with Microsoft and Target have been fruitful. Our Jaguar Elites are engaging in STEM activities through Microsoft. Microsoft has also partnered with the district to offer two of our Grade 4 girls an opportunity to be part of District 28's Girls Who Game Club. These girls are collaborating with other Grade 4 and Grade 5 girls in the district to building a world in Minecraft that focuses on gender equality and affordable and clean energy. We have a new partnership with Queens Botanical Gardens where we received 10 free virtual workshops for our students!
The administration of the NYS Exams including the NYSESLAT are continuing this month and in June. The exam dates are as follows:
- Grades 3-8 Mathematics: Monday, May 3 – Friday, May 14
- NYSESLAT Speaking: Monday, April 19 – Wednesday, June 9
- NYSESLAT Listening, Reading, Writing: Monday, May 17– Wednesday, June 9
- Grade 4 Science Written Test: Monday, June 7– Wednesday, June 9
Important Upcoming Information:
- Check out Dates to Remember for May on the homepage.
- NYS ELA EXAM starts on April 19th
- NYSESLAT administration starts on April 19th
- Middle School Offer letters are distributed this month
We want to take a moment to celebrate all of the mothers and those who take on the role of a mother to our students. We want to wish you a Happy Mother's Day!!! You are instrumental in the lives of our Jaguars! As always, we thank you for your continued collaboration and support.
Parent Resource Links:
HELPFUL NUMBERS AND LINKS
Main Office - Ms. Ford & Ms. Sarita
Parent Coordinator - Mrs. Lindsay
Security Desk - Agent Gadson
School Nurse - Ms. Hamlet
School Social Worker - Ms. Coffin
O.P.T. Phone Number: 718-392-8855
Tech Support: Contact the DOE Service Desk at 718-935-5100 or open a ticket online.
JAGUAR CUB NEWS
Kindergarten is currently working on exploring non-fiction books and has began their nonfiction informational writing. They are excited to teach about things they know lots of facts about such as dogs, babies, trains and even sharks. Their books are created with facts, diagrams and realistic pictures. In math, Kindergarten is beginning its counting to 100 unit and we will be exploring patterns on the 100 chart along with working out as we count to 100.
KDK is continuing to work on reading strategies that strengthen comprehension and decoding. Students should continue to use the independent learning programs at home such as iReady, EPIC, and LEXIA. Kindergarten is working on counting to 50 and identifying patterns that are seen within counting. First grade is working on ten less and ten more. Second grade is working on adding and subtracting using mental math. Students are encouraged to use any strategy that works for them. Students is all grades are working on being able to verbalize academic vocabulary and explain their thinking. We are continuing our study on animals, their offspring and they how survive in their habitat. Please make sure that your child is attending all of their live sessions. Happy Learning!
FIRST GRADE NEWS
First grade has been busy working on both 2D and 3D shapes. They have learned how to describe these shapes by using the shapes attributes.. They have also been manipulating shapes by finding a variety of ways to use different shapes to create the same shape. First graders have also been able to talk about where they see some of these shapes in the real world. In science, they have been testing their investigative skills by looking at how shadows are made. With their flashlights, they have been figuring out ways to make big and small shadows while also working to recreate what a shadow looks like on paper. Finally, they have been really working hard on building up their reading skills taking the strategies they have been learning and applying it to their independent reading work. We are so proud of all of their hard work this month!
SECOND GRADE NEWS
2nd grade has continued their learning about NYC overtime with a focus on Henry Hudson, Manhattan, and the Munster Indians. In math, students will be focusing their attention on subtraction while compensating (adding or subtracting on both sides) to find the difference. This is a difficult concept, so please remember, patience is key! One thing that will help students master this concept is by having them remember that using friendly numbers makes subtracting much easier! Friendly numbers are numbers that end in 0 - In compensation students need to get to a friendly number by either subtracting or adding. As a grade, our Guided Reading focus in small group instruction is to cater to students individual reading needs. Those needs can be categorized into decoding, comprehension, and critical thinking. We have been doubling down in our guided reading blocks and we are seeing improvement! Please continue to support your child with daily reading, sight word practice, and engaging in book talks (asking your child what they read about, what made them think of those ideas, and where in the text did they find their information).
THIRD GRADE NEWS
This month 3rd grade will wrap up their chapter book, Peter Pan. We will complete character analysis about how the characters changed throughout the story. We will also continue to work on answering questions about the text, by citing evidence. After, students will begin their new unit which will have them exploring informational texts. Additionally, in math students have moved on to learning all about area. Students will continue to find the area of shapes and review their multiplication and division skills. In writing, students will wrap up their poetry unit! We are ready for a fun month of new learning.
JAGUAR JUNIOR NEWS
JAGUAR ELITE NEWS
PARENT AND STAFF AWESOME NEWS
THANK YOU TO Mrs. McGuffie (Xavier's Mom) for purchasing a Jaguar Elite Package for a family!
We want to celebrate YOU in this section. Please send any awesome news that you may have (wedding, new addition to the family, milestones, birthdays, anniversaries, pregnancy, new job, etc.) to Mrs. Lindsay at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out our Instagram @wearejcs to see OUR March Jaguar Birthdays!!!
If your Jaguar will celebrate a birthday in March, please send Mrs. Lindsay their photo with their birthday cake or birthday outfit on along with the birthdate and how old they turned via email: LLindsay5@schools.nyc.gov. Please send by April 5th.
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS - MARCH JAGUARS
SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS
Spring is here! JCS ENL students are engaging in rich fiction and nonfiction texts based on their units of study. In reading we are continuing small group guided reading, we are learning and practicing new reading strategies to understand and decode the text. We are working on understanding what we read. In writing, we are writing multiple complex and expanded sentences that make sense. Please keep reading at home; reading independently at home is a helpful way to have your child improves their reading skills.