JUNE 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. The launch will take place on June 4th. Thank you to all that helped us exceed our goal of $1500 for the Kids Heart Challenge! Thank you to all that participated in our First Annual Multi-Lingual Language (MLL) Advocacy Day by representing their country. Check out all of our events on the homepage.
This month, we will also celebrate our students through Awards Ceremonies. A Save the Date flyer was sent via ClassDojo. Please save the dates so that you may be able to attend the Award Ceremonies for your Jaguar. All Awards ceremonies will be virtual for grades 1 to 5. Kindergarten's Awards Ceremony will take place at the Stepping Up Ceremony on June 21st at 11 am. The Awards Ceremony dates are as follows:
- JUNE 15TH: GRADES 1 AND 2
- JUNE 16TH: GRADES 3 AND 4
- JUNE 17TH: GRADE 5
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. This month, they will showcase the work that they have done with others and girls from Canada.
The administration of the NYS Exams including the NYSESLAT are continuing this month. The exam dates are as follows:
- 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
The last day of school is on June 25th and it is a half day. School will reopen on September 13, 2021. More information regarding time of arrival, final report card, and other information will sent to you on the last day of school. For students that will be attending the Summer Rising Program this summer, the program begins on July 6th at 8 am. More information will be coming. As always, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Lindsay or myself if you have any questions.
Important Upcoming Information:
- Check out Dates to Remember for June on the homepage.
- Middle School Offer letters were distributed last month
We want to take a moment to celebrate all of the fathers and those who take on the role of a father to our students. We want to wish you a Happy Father'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 just finished our non-fiction unit in literacy. They have been working on reading and writing informational texts and being able to learn facts and teach information to the readers. Next, we will be working on persuasive writing to convince our reader to agree with our opinion. Maybe Kindergarten will be able to persuade new students to come to Jamaica Children's School! In math, we have begun our shape unit! We are learning about flat and solid shapes and looking for shapes all around us. We will also start a social studies unit about our community and be able to use our shape knowledge to create a 3D community!
KDK students have been so busy working on meeting their learning goals! Students have been continuing to work on using their reading strategies while decoding books. They have also been working on comprehension strategies to help them connect to book in a meaningful way and be able to debate and discuss with a partner. Students should continue to use their learning programs like LEXIA, EPIC, and iReady to help support and foster the skills that are taught in school. In Math, Kindergarten is learning about different shapes and where we see them in the environment. First Grade is learning how to tell time. Second Grade is learning about measurement. In all grades, we are working on using academic vocabulary to help support answers. Please make sure that your child is attending to all live sessions on Fridays.
FIRST GRADE NEWS
First graders have been busy at work learning all they can about our country of study Bangladash. They have been strengthening their independent reading by applying strategies to solve words and make meaning of the stories they are reading. They have also been working as investigators in science to test and try out how light and sound are made. They can talk about where the source of a sound comes from and create their own sound sources using materials from home. In math they have been reviewing place value by working on solving larger 2 digit equations. They are also getting ready for second grade by exploring the concept of regrouping when adding and subtracting. In ELA, first graders continue to develop how to add on to a friend's thinking and working to explore and deepen the conversation through close read, read alouds. We are proud of the continued growth we are seeing in our Little Jaguars.
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
3rd grade has plans to end the school year strong. In reading we are going to finish the year with a nonfiction unit about the importance of water on Earth. We are going to focus on identifying the main idea, text structure, and the meaning of unknown words. In writing, we will continue to develop paragraphs which include a topic sentence, 3-5 details, transition words and a concluding sentence. As for math, we will explore adding, subtracting, and rounding 3-digit numbers.
JAGUAR JUNIOR NEWS
The 4th grade cannot believe we are already in the month of June! There are so many exciting things still going on here at JCS and we want to make sure we finish the year off strong. For writing, the 4th graders are going to dive deep into Informational writing! They are going to explore how to write informational essays by bringing history to life! They will be choosing a topic they will research and write a lot about. There goal is to write in a way that shows all they know about the topic they choose and teach others about it as well. For reading, 4th grade will wrap up their unit about Women’s Suffrage. In addition, they will be working on reviewing important reading skills in order to end the school year strong and be prepared for 5th grade! In math, students will wrap up learning about addition and subtraction of like fractions that refer to the same size whole. In addition, students will use different math tools to develop an understanding of decimal comparison. These math tools will enable students to see which of the two decimals is greater.
JAGUAR ELITE NEWS
5th Grade is excited for the month of June. To close out the school year, the Jaguar Elites will continue to study Jackie Robinson by reading Promises to Keep. They will close read informational texts and watch videos to analyze and compare multiple accounts about which factor was most important in Jackie Robinson’s success. They will also listen to a speaker and watch videos, taking running notes and using these notes to summarize the points made. In Math, students will determine the meaning of volume of a solid and find the volume of a rectangular prism. They will also continue to review content from the beginning of the year. In Writing, students will complete writing their own opinion speeches on the pros and cons of social media. In Social Studies, students will study Flag Day and the history and significance of Juneteenth. Finally, in Science, students will continue to study Ecosystem Restoration, focusing on what animals need from their environment in order to not just survive, but thrive.
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: email@example.com
Check out our Instagram @wearejcs to see OUR April and May Jaguar Birthdays!!!
If your Jaguar will celebrate a birthday in June, 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.
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS -
SPECIAL EDUCATION NEWS
We are finally at the last month of the school year! June is here! JCS ENL students will engage read aloud and narratives about various culture and identity. In reading, we are continuing small group guided reading, we will continue to practice decoding strategies and continue to work on comprehension strategies. In writing, we are continuing to work on writing multiple complex and expanded sentences. A helpful way to strengthen your child writing is to build and create sentences using sight words and vocabulary words we have learned in class. Please try this at home. Please continue to keep reading at home, reading independently at home is helpful to help your child improve their reading skills and comprehension. Look out for June's parent workshop discussing home language supports and supporting your child in the summer.