JANUARY 2021 EDITION
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE FROM DR. REMY
Happy New Year to All!!! Welcome to 2021!!
Hope you had a restful and joyful vacation. 2020 was a hectic year full of much more down than ups. Many of us experienced trauma in different ways from losing a loved one, being quarantined, getting sick, or from being far from our loved ones. As we leave 2020 behind, we can reflect on last year and set goals in January. We set various resolutions from having a different mindset to health initiatives to keeping the same attitudes from the previous year. We set goals to improve ourselves for the better, and at other times we set goals to maintain what we currently have. Whatever the goal, let's be intentional about it in 2021.
On December 17th, progress reports were sent home electronically. On the progress report, your child’s reading level should have been shared with you. The reading chart indicates where your child should be at the different times throughout the year. Please use this reading chart as a guide. Kindergarten students were assessed in December and should be A2 readers at minimum.
Thank you to all of the families that participated in our holiday week! Thank you to Dr. Hubbard and Assemblywoman Cook for surprising our in person students with toys! Congratulations to our Holiday Movie Theme Deck the Door Contest winners!
Overall Winner: Mrs. Keeley's Class, 5th Grade
Kindergarten Winner: Mrs. Heitzmann's Class
Grade 1 Winner: Mrs. Stephen's Class
Grade 2 Winner: Ms. Cruz Chica's Class
Grade 3 and Grade 4 Winner: Ms. Giarrizzo & Mr. Simpson's Class
Grade 5 Winner: Ms. Vasquez Class
Remote Student Winner: Aurora & Zahra Lewis
Our JCS Student Government is up and running. Welcome our Student Government (SG) members!
President: Amir B.
Vice President: Prince M.
Treasurer: Zahra L.
Secretary: Damari A.
Representatives: Aurora L., Gabriel C., Kaivell W., Annalise B., Jhonny S., Alaina M., Joshua K., and Adonis M.
JCS SG members should be on a look out for a Student Government Google Classroom invitation.
Important Upcoming Information:
Check out Dates to Remember for January on the homepage.
We have much planned for our students this month. Check out what each grade is doing below. We want to start a section in the newsletter entitled "Parent Awesome News" that celebrates YOU. 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 or via dojo. If your Jaguar has celebrated a birthday between September and December, please send me their photo with their birthday cake and/or birthday outfit along with the birthdate and how old they turned via ClassDojo. Please send by January 8th.
Beginning January 4th, in-person students will receive hot lunches each day. Cooking Class with Mr. Onesto and Art Class with Mrs. Marino for students in Grades 3 to 5 will begin on January 8th. Microsoft partnership classes for coding, arcade making and building own business for Jaguar Elites is scheduled to begin Monday, January 11th.
Later this month and into early next month, promotion in doubt in letters will be going out. These letters will be based on students’ current level of performance in Math and ELA, including the past report card, and other factors.
New links and pages will be added to the website regarding our curriculum, programs, and past events in the coming days. A message will be sent out via ClassDojo as we update the website.
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 has been working hard both in the classroom and online. We are learning about retelling stories focusing on retelling what happens in the beginning, middle, and end of a story. Kindergarten is continuing to learn new sight words which will help our reading and writing get stronger. In math, we are working on addition! We are having fun learning to read and practicing our skills on Raz Kids! We are excited to start to take some virtual field trips in January that can give us opportunities to learn more and for more writing ideas! The cold winter won’t stop us from doing our best!
FIRST GRADE NEWS
First Graders have been very busy in all academic areas. In literacy they have been adding on to their understanding of adjectives, learning about stronger adjectives and building their vocabulary toolbox. For example, they know the word little but if they want to use an even stronger adjective, they have learned the word minuscule. It’s been great seeing them apply the words in the correct context.
Students are working on their literacy skills as they engage in an in depth study of bird’s bodies. The current module focuses on big ideas derived from the Next Generation Science Standards.Students listen to the texts Just Ducks by Nicola Davies and Birds (Scholastic Discover More) by Penelope Arlon and Tory Gordon-Harris as they answer the unit guiding question, “What makes a bird a bird?” As students build background knowledge, they participate in a cycle of reading, talking, and representing (through scientific drawing, writing, role-play, music, and movement).
In writing, first graders have been developing their pretend characters for their realistic fiction stories. They are creating enough stories to build their realistic fictional series on their character and their characters' friends and family. They are writing adventures complete with problems and solutions.
In math, first graders have started to explore place value concepts of tens and ones. We have learned about the tens digit and the ones digit, and we have begun to count on by tens and ones using number lines and number charts. Through practice, first graders will begin to notice patterns that are formed when counting by tens or ones. We have now extended our counting sequence up to 120!
SECOND GRADE NEWS
JCS second graders have been hard at work! In writing, we have finished our narratives and will begin a new unit of writing, non-fiction. In math, we just finished up Unit 2 and we are introducing Unit 3 where we will be adding and subtracting within 100. In reading, we have been working hard on answering questions about a text using key details. We have really been “digging” into the story Stone Girl, Bone Girl, the story of Mary Anning by Laurence Anholt. We can’t wait to begin 2021 and continue our learning into the new year!
THIRD GRADE NEWS
In January, students will continue to explore animals, their traits, adaptations, and habitats through their Science and Reading units. In Writing, students will begin their new topic of persuasive writing. They will be able to choose a world issue they would like to change. In Math, students will work through word problems and determine when it is appropriate to use multiplication vs. division.
JAGUAR JUNIOR NEWS
JAGUAR ELITE NEWS
PARENT AWESOME NEWS
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 email@example.com or via ClassDojo.
If your Jaguar has celebrated a birthday between September and December, please send Dr. Remy their photo with their birthday cake or birthday outfit on along with the birthdate and how old they turned via ClassDojo. Please send by January 8th.
SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS
Happy New Year JCS School Community! In January, JCS ENL students are strengthening their engagement in discussion with fiction and nonfiction texts about relevant topics. In reading, we are continuing to use reading strategies to understand and decode the text. Have your child practice these reading strategies by continuing to read independently at home. In writing, we are working on writing expanded and complex sentences and paragraphs that make sense. We have a good foundation already with writing simple and expanded sentences. We will continue to create sentences and paragraphs with why and how. At school ENL students are beginning to decode simple words and common sight words. Please continue working on sight words and writing simple sight word sentences at home. This month, Ms. Lu will plan to meet with each individual ENL student and their parent about their mid-year progress in ENL, please keep an eye out on Class Dojo for appointment times and availability.
Celebrating Our Dojo Points
Class Dojo Top Earners
You need 75% positive points to be part of the celebration event in June!!
JAGUAR CUBS & LITTLE JAGUARS